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How to Create Course Links

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This information is provided for faculty who wish to post library e-books or full-text articles for their students in BlueLine. To remove copyright concerns, faculty are encouraged to use a stable URL that students can open, instead of making a PDF copy. For more information, see Course Reserves.

 
First things first:
The Creighton Libraries use EZproxy to let our clientele view electronic resources, and to turn others away. The EZproxy login prefix is needed to ensure that students can open library links from off campus, even if they have already logged in to BlueLine. 

 

The EZproxy login prefix is: https://login.cuhsl.creighton.edu/login?url=
 

Standard Linking Methods

One of the same three techniques for creating links to library content will work for a majority of the Creighton Libraries' databases and electronic collections.

1. Stable URLs:

Most library database providers such as JSTOR and ProQuest provide a stable URL for each individual article. The stable URL for a given record will be labeled as such, or will be evident in the citation. You can then apply the EZproxy prefix and post the link in BlueLine. Note that articles from EBSCOhost databases have a "permalink" that already includes the login prefix.
 

2. Digital Object Identifiers (DOI):

Other database vendors such as ScienceDirect and SpringerLink provide a digital object identifier (DOI) for each article, instead of a stable URL. To create a link to these articles in BlueLine, use the article's unique DOI number, preceded by the DOI System URL: http://dx.doi.org/. Then apply the EZproxy login prefix to enable students to access the article from off campus. This works for journals available to Creighton directly from the publisher.
 

3. Bookmarks:

Bookmarks are another standard method used by a handful of databases, including Gale Virtual Reference Library, and Access World News (newspapers). The bookmark for a particular item will usually be labeled as such, although there is little consistency from one database to the next.
 
 

Special Cases

ebrary

The easiest way to capture a link to an ebook from the ebrary collection is to open the title inside the Library Catalog (CLIC) and copy the resulting URL, preceded by the EZproxy prefix.

To point to a page inside an ebrary book, you will need to launch the "ebrary Reader" which will offer a drop-down menu of InfoTools. Navigate to the page you want and choose "copy bookmark" from the InfoTools menu to capture a link to that specific page. As always, be sure to add the EZproxy prefix.

Library Catalog (CLIC)

Use the CLIC Canned Search Generator to generate a link to one or more records from the Library Catalog (CLIC). Some trial and error may be necessary to isolate the record(s) you want. The EZproxy login prefix must be applied to ensure access from off campus.

To link to a single book, you can also add the ISBN to this prefix: http://clic.creighton.edu/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/5?searchdata1=. The link will open to the library catalog record for that item, as in this example.

Films On Demand

Films On Demand is a collection of educational films in streaming video format. The stable URL for each film and film segment is displayed with the EZproxy prefix already included, ready to copy into your BlueLine course. You can also embed the film in BlueLine with the HTML code provided.

To present multiple films or film segments with a single link, it is possible to create your own unique playlist with a personal Films On Demand user account.