Electronic Resources - Creating Links to Resources

When NOT to add proxy (silk) prefix

  • Don't add the proxy prefix to SFX URLs (they begin http://sfxhosted.exlibris…)
  • Don't add the proxy prefix to ebrary URLs (they begin http://site.ebrary…)
  • Don't add the proxy prefix to URLs copied from the Research Databases Locator

All of the above systems will send users to the proxy server as needed.

  • Open access resources don't normally need to be proxied, but there are exceptions e.g. where we want SFX buttons. Consult with ERM staff if you have questions.
Individual databases and ejournal packages
  • Copy the URL from the Research Databases Locator by right-clicking on the title of the resource on a Research Databases Locator page. Depending on your browser, the resulting menu will give you a choice that will be something like “Copy Link Location” or “Copy Shortcut.” Ctrl-V will paste the copied link into your page or record.
Individual EJournals
  • Currently the best way for quick URL creation is to look up the journal ISSN and build your URL as follows:

http://sfxhosted.exlibrisgroup.com/umass?sid=sfx:manual&rft.issn=XXXX-XXXX&sfx.ignore_date_threshold=1 where XXXX-XXXX represents the ISSN for the journal.

Individual Articles
  • Some vendors offer easily located persistent URLs, others do not. If the vendor does not place the proxy prefix which enables off campus access on the front of the URL, you will need to supply it except in the cases listed on the upper section of this page. The prefix is:


  • The UMLinks menu will display a citation (and URL capture feature) feature if you are linking from a database to an article or journal.
  • Check Aleph. There is probably a record for the title. You can copy the URL from the holdings record.
electronic_resources_-_creating_links.txt · Last modified: 2019/01/07 12:20 (external edit)
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