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Linking to Articles, E-Books, and Videos: How to Link

How to create a link to articles and other content from library research databases.

What Doesn't Work, and What Does.

If you want to send or post a link to an article, e-book, or streaming video from one of our research databases (or to the database itself), you usually can't just copy the URL that appears in your browser's address bar. That URL is often uniquely generated for that particular viewing or one particular computer, and/or will not work from off-campus.

Most databases will provide you with a stable URL (also called a document URL, permanent link, share link, or something similar) that can be used to access the article. Instructions for finding the stable URL are in the sections below.

Proxy Prefix

The stable URL usually needs to be preceded by https://lccproxy.lib.hawaii.edu:2443/login?url= to work from off-campus. With some databases, this prefix (or a similar one containing the number 2048) is automatically added to the URL. If it is not, you will need to manually add it in front of the stable URL. The exceptions are Kanopy and OverDrive, which work differently and do not require the prefix.

To link to an article using a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), append the DOI to the end of this URL: https://lccproxy.lib.hawaii.edu:2443/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/

Example:

To create a link to an article from JSTOR, follow the directions in the sections below to find the stable URL in JSTOR.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/1146851

Then add the prefix (shown below in red) in front of the URL (shown in green).

https://lccproxy.lib.hawaii.edu:2443/login?url=https://www.jstor.org/stable/1146851

When you send out an article link or put it into your webpage, use the whole thing as your URL.

Hint: You can use a text editing program like Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac) as a scratchpad to put together your proxy links.

What Happens When You Follow the Link?

Someone who is on campus will go directly to the article, e-book, or video. Someone who is off-campus will have to log in with their UH username and password before getting to the article, e-book, or video.

Special Situation: Creating Links in Laulima

If you are an instructor and you are linking to a library resource in a Leeward CC Laulima course site, use this prefix instead: https://laulima.hawaii.edu/libproxy/lee/?

This prefix will allow students who are logged in to Laulima to access databases and resources without having to log in again.

For more information, see the Linking in Laulima tab.

What About the "2048" Prefix?

If you've already created links using our old prefix, http://lccproxy.lib.hawaii.edu:2048/login?url=, or see it already included in a "share" link provided by a database, there is no need to change it (unless your video stopped working). It works for most purposes, but not for embedding a streaming video player into a secure web page. The 2443 proxy prefix works for video players, and also everything else the 2048 prefix did.

Updating Embedded Video Player Code

If you have an embedded video player with the old "2048" proxy prefix. there are two changes you have to make: 1) Add an "s" to the first "http" to make it "https", and 2) change the number from 2048 to 2443.

<iframe src="https://lccproxy.lib.hawaii.edu:2443/login?url=https://search.alexanderstreet.com/embed/token/06htuoj5eprnochh64p3ee9j" frameborder="0" width="470" height="390" allowfullscreen allow ="encrypted-media *;"></iframe>

EBSCOhost and ScienceDirect

You will need to be viewing an individual article or article record to follow these instructions.

EBSCOhost
When viewing the article record, click on the Permalink icon on the right side of the screen.

The link will look like this: https://lccproxy.lib.hawaii.edu:2443/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=94636424&site=ehost-live
ScienceDirect
​A DOI link appears below the article's title and author. Precede it with the proxy prefix.

You can also link directly to a journal or journal issue in ScienceDirect by following these directions.

Other Databases

You will need to be viewing an individual article or article record to follow these instructions.

Please be aware that many of these databases will not show a correctly-formatted stable URL if you are logged in from off-campus. If you see a stable URL that begins with or contains an "lccproxy.lib.hawaii.edu:####" link with any number other than 2048 or 2443, please change it to the format shown on the Examples of Database-Provided Links tab.
ABI/INFORM Complete
Click on the Abstract/Details tab, then look for the Document URL. Precede it with the proxy prefix.
Academic Video Online
Click on the Share button on top of the viewer. Then click on Copy Embed Code.
Chronicle of Higher Education
You can use the URL in the address bar (you have to be on-campus when you copy the address). Precede it with the proxy prefix.
CQ Researcher
Look for the Document URL at the bottom of the page. Precede it with the proxy prefix.
Credo Reference
Click on the Permalink button (with the chain icon) at the top of the screen.
Dictionary of Literary Biography
Click on the Bookmark icon, in the row of icons at the top of the column to the right of the page viewer. Precede the URL with the proxy prefix.
Ebook Central
Click on the Share Link to Book link on the left side of the screen. Precede it with the proxy prefix.
eHRAF
Click on the Permalink icon at the bottom of the page. Precede it with the proxy prefix.
Encyclopædia Britannica Online Academic
You can use the URL in the address bar (you have to be on-campus when you copy the address). Precede it with the proxy prefix.
Ethnographic Video Online
Click on Embed/Link below the video viewer.
Facts on File History Databases
Look for the Record URL at the bottom of the page.
Films on Demand
Click on Embed/Link below the video viewer.
Flipster
You can only link to the most recent issue of each magazine. If you click on a cover image and bring up the description of the magazine, click on the Share button on the top right.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Click on the Bookmark icon at the top right of the screen. Precede the URL with the proxy prefix.
Issues and Controversies
Look for the Record URL at the bottom of the page.
JSTOR
Look for the Stable URL below the citation near the top of the screen. Precede it with the proxy prefix.
Kanopy
Click on Share/Embed below the video viewer. Do not add the proxy prefix. Kanopy works a little differently.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Look for the URL near the bottom of the page. Precede it with the proxy prefix.
OverDrive
You can use the "leeward.overdrive.com" URL that appears in the address bar when you are looking at the record for a book. Do not add the proxy prefix. OverDrive works very differently.
ProQuest US West Newsstream
Click on the Abstract/Details tab, then look for the Document URL. Precede it with the proxy prefix. 
Science
A DOI is available for some articles. Add it to the end of the DOI link shown at the top of this page. Example: https://lccproxy.lib.hawaii.edu:2443/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.354.6310.273
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