Linking to Resources

Want to link to an online article or ebook in iLearn or an email? Creating links for library resources is not as simple as copying and pasting the address from the browser into your work. By following the linking guidelines below, you will ensure that the library resources you wish to use will always be available.


EZproxy is a program used by the library to ensure that all library resources are available offsite. Due to the method by which our databases grant us access, AUS authenticates/grants access to users, not the individual databases. For this reason it’s important to have EZproxy-ready links which force the user to authenticate with AUS before being forwarded on to the database.

How to make EZproxy-ready links

An EZproxy-ready link begin with the prefix below, and and is followed by a stable URL to the article of your choice.

Database specific examples

Ebook Central

At this time there is no way to link directly to a page or chapter in an Ebook Central book. Links should be made to the item record in the library catalog using the “Record Link” option provided in the sharing button in the upper righthand corner of the record. From the catalog record users can click through to the ebook. This method is advised for all ebooks, including those from Springer, etc.

  1. Highlight and copy the Record link provided in the AUS Library catalog record

For example, the link to Above time : Emerson’s and Thoreau’s temporal revolutions by James R. Guthrie would look like:


To link to an article entitled The Duality of Technology: Rethinking the Concept of Technology in Organizations by Wanda J. Orlikowski:

  1. Start with the the EZproxy prefix:
  2. Add the JSTOR stable URL to the end (JSTOR stable URLs can be found in the “Item Information”)

The resulting link looks like:

Proquest Databases

Every article in Proquest databases comes with an EZproxy-ready link called DocumentURL in the Document Details section at the bottom of the article.

  1. Use DocumentURL link

For example, the link for the article The New Digital Awareness by Shannon Bohle is:

EBSCOhost Databases

Articles in EBSCOhost databases often come without the EZproxy prefix included. Permalink is available as an option in the right column of the article’s citation.

  1. Click Permalink in right column, highlight and copy link that appears in popup box and add the ezproxy prefix to the beginning:

For example, the link for the article Using Technology to Create Ageless Paintings by Linda Price should become:


To create a link to an article in Science Direct simply take everything before the “?” in the URL of the article page.  You need only add the EZproxy prefix to the link provided.

  1. Start with the EZproxy prefix:
  2. Take the URL from the URL bar when you are on the article outline and delete everything after the “?”. If the URL is: &_fmt=high &_origin=gateway &_docanchor= &md5=b8429449ccfc9c30159a5f9aeaa92ffb

    then take only

For example, adding the ezproxy prefix in front of the the link provided for Modeling Broadband Wire Antennas with Complex Geometry by Mikulas Bittera is:

Emerald Fulltext

Emerald provides a link to articles from the abstract, but the links do not have the EZproxy prefix yet. Right clicking and copying the link the DOI / Permanent URL field provides a link.

  1. Hover over Article URL and right click, selecting Copy Link Location, Copy Shortcut, or Copy Link Address depending on your browser, and add the EZProxy prefix to the beginning:

For example, the link to Time to Share a Sales Experience by Ian Wilson is as follows:

If you have an article that you need help creating a link for please contact the Library Help Desk.


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