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Creating Static Links in OnCourse: Home

This guide will provide information you need to create links from Library Databases to your OnCourse course

General Information about Linking

 

How do I create links and how do I add them to my course?

 

  1. Go to the database you wish to find an article in. Use the tabs above for instructions to create the static link.
  2. Copy the URL and then paste it in OnCourse.


How Are Links Structured for Library Resources?

Links to articles, eBooks, and journals in library databases follow a specific structure:

  1. The proxy URL/address prefix
  2. The "persistent URL" of the resource


As an example, a link to the list of EBSCO databases for Reed Library, consists of two parts:

  1. The proxy prefix used by the Library is always: http://dbsearch.fredonia.edu:2048/login?url=
  2. The persistent URL for the EBSCO databases is: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?profile=ehost


So by combining these two, the link that would be used on a web page or in an email would be:

 

http://dbsearch.fredonia.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?profile=ehost
 

What is a Persistent URL or Link?

Persistent links are internet addresses or URLs that remain consistent and do not change over time. Other terms used for persistent links include permanent links, stable links, static links, durable links, or PURLs (Persistent Universal Resources Locators).

When sharing a peristent link, it's still a good idea to include the citation information for the article, eBook, database, etc.
 

Can't I Just Copy the Link From the Address Bar?

No. The link in the address bar is only temporary when searching library resources and should not be used to later try to access library content.


For example, a temporary link might look like:

http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?vid=3&hid=122&sid=ff2db389-41b7-402a-ad43-90af21577092%40sessionmgr110&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=a9h&AN=23629676


And a persistent link will continue after the search session has been closed:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=23629676&site=ehost-live

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