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Faculty Services and Resources: Linking to Electronic Resources

Linking to the Library's Electronic Resources

As more and more of the library's resources go online, it is important that the correct links to the resources be provided to the students so that access will not be denied. Whether you link to a resources from MyRCC or a website, an EZproxy prefix must be put into the link to access restricted resources off campus.

What is EZproxy?

Ezproxy is a web proxy server that the library uses to allow access to restricted resources like database, ebooks and streaming video. When a student clicks on a link from off-campus, a webpage asks for the user's library barcode. Ezproxy authenticates the barcode and allows access to the resource.

What does the EZproxy prefix look Like?

http://ezproxyrcc.helmlib.org/login?url=

When and how do I use the EZproxy prefix to link to resources?

You should use the EZproxy prefix to link to library resources that need authorization off campus. The prefix can be used in MyRCC and anywhere else you would put a link, like a word document or a PDF.
Some types of resources that need the EZproxy prefix are:

  • Database
  • Articles from databases
  • Ebooks
  • Streaming videos

Please do not hesitate to contact library staff if you have any problem linking to the library's resources.

Examples

If you want to link to a resource and allow it to be accessible off campus, you must inlude the EZproxy prefix.

Example (Note: This is a fictitious link, it does not work.)
If the resource's link is:
http://www.myresource.edu

You would put the EZproxy prefix (http://ezproxyrcc.helmlib.org/login?url=) in front of the database address like this:
http://ezproxyrcc.helmlib.org/login?url=http://www.myresource.edu

Example 1
If you wanted to link to Medline and the database link is:
http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip&profile=ehost&defaultdb=cmedm

You would put the EZproxy prefix (http://ezproxyrcc.helmlib.org/login?url=) in front of the database address like this:
http://ezproxyrcc.helmlib.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip&profile=ehost&defaultdb=cmedm

Example 2
If you wanted to link to an article in a database and the permanent link is :
http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cmedm&AN=12899554&site=ehost-live

Then you would put the Ezproxy prefix infront of the article address like this:
http://ezproxyrcc.helmlib.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cmedm&AN=12899554&site=ehost-live

Example 1

Ebook Central

Ebook Central is a little different than the other ebook vendors we have. It assumes that we have a EZproxy server and therefore does not need the EZproxy prefix included in the link (although it does not hurt to put the EZproxy prefix in the link as it will still work). So it is very simple to copy the link.


Example 2
If you wanted to link to a EBSCO or CREDO ebook and the link is:
http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=211114&site=ehost-live

Then you would put the Ebook Central prefix infront of the ebook address like this:
http://ezproxyrcc.helmlib.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=211114&site=ehost-live

Linking to video is very easy. Each title or video segment has a unique link with the EZproxy prefix already in it. You just have to copy the link.

Kanopy is a little different than the other vendors and is like Ebook central. It assumes that we have a EZproxy server and therefore does not need the EZproxy prefix included in the link (although it does not hurt to put the EZproxy prefix in the link as it will still work). So it is very simple to copy the link. Just copy the link.

Example: https://rccmass.kanopy.com/video/young-karl-marx

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