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Library Resource Link Generator

Creating Links for Off-Campus Access to Library Resources

Question: How do I set up links to articles or other resources such as items from the library databases - for D2L, course web pages, or other locations - so that they work from off-campus?

Example:  You want to link to an article in the library database Academic Search Premier with the permanent link: 

Answer: You need to format the links in a way that redirects them through the library proxy server and prompts students to log-in with their last name and "A" number.. If you don't do this, the links will work from on-campus, but not from off-campus.

Use this Link Generator to create links which will be available to students accessing resources from off campus computers (requires JavaScript enabled in your browser):

1. Copy and paste your source URL here:

2. Click the "Create link" button below:

3. Copy and use the resulting link

4. Clear the form to make another link

 Problems or comments? Please contact Michael Hooper (Electronic Resources Librarian).


The link must be a "persistent" link. This means that the link will always be available at this specific URL address. When in doubt try it, but test it a day later to make sure it still works.

You do not need to do this for freely available sites (such as Google) or links that already begin with

If you have addresses such as, this will fix them for you.

Students accessing created links within D2L should be authenticated automatically without an additional log-in prompt.