Faux-pen Resources for Hope Students
Linking to Library Resources
by Jenifer Holman, Electronic Resources Librarian, Hope College
Van Wylen Library has purchased or licensed access to many high-quality, academic journals, ebooks, ereference sources, and streaming videos. Just having these great resources available through the library web site, however, is not enough to guarantee use. Having an instructor link to a resource through Moodle, electronic syllabi, or even through a class-specific email will increase the odds that students will find and read/view these resources. Librarians do ask that you link to these resources instead of sending a copy of an article or a book chapter. If you send a copy instead of linking, we will not be able to track the item’s use. Use is an important metric that we use in evaluating our collection of electronic resources.
Please remember two things as you link to library resources: 1) always use a persistent/stable link; and 2) remember to add our proxy prefix to enable off-campus access.
Finding a Persistent/Stable Link
This is a session link taken from a browser’s address bar:
While it works for awhile on the same machine on which it was first used, by the time you are reading this on your device, it may no longer work. Most of our information providers provide a “persistent” link that should work in perpetuity. Below are some example of how to find the persistent links for our most popular e-resource providers.
Films on Demand
Off-campus Access: Adding our Proxy Prefix:
Libraries use two main methods to authenticate off-campus users: WAM and EZproxy. WAM links look like:
While EZproxy links look like:
During summer 2016, our library switched from WAM to EZproxy. If you have any links that start with “http://0-” please update them or ask a librarian for a new link. Librarians are here to help!
We now use EZproxy and our prefix is https://login.ezproxy.hope.edu/login?url=. To keep this prefix at your fingertips (!) you could download a macro program like AutoHotKey and create a macro or simply link to our fantastic off-campus link generator.
Lastly, if you would like a librarian to review your links/resources to make sure they are linked correctly and that we hold the appropriate permissions for use in your course, please let us know by completing this brief form.
Thank you for using library resources!