The e-reserves service in the Library will build your reading list including library resources and beyond, that can then be uploaded to cuLearn via Ares, the course reserves management system. Students studying remotely will have access 24/7 to the reading materials by only logging in once through cuLearn.

Database licenses negotiated by the library require that electronic resources (such as online journals) only be used in specific ways. It is highly encouraged that faculty and instructors use authenticated proxied links on cuLearn pages for articles found in databases. For assistance please contact the Library Reserves team.

In addition to copyright compliance, using authenticated proxied links also provides: URL permanence, authenticated off-campus access to materials, and usage statistics (which drive collection/cancellation decisions and determine vendor license fees).

In case you need to make a last minute change to your reading list or require to link to a resource, the following instructions will provide a guide to build the proxied links. Some databases will provide may provide a customized proxy link. For example, JSTOR will have the link labelled "URL with Proxy".

Please keep in mind that each database is different. These generalized instructions will work in most circumstances. For additional assistance, contact Library Reserves.

Creating Proxied Links

To link to licensed library resources you need to build a link from two parts:

library proxy prefix + permanent link

Library Proxy Prefix

Here is the proxy prefix for Carleton University Library:

Permanent Link

This link is not what appears in your browser's address bar. You need to look in the item record for a permanent link. A permanent link may also be referred to as permalink, persistent link, stable URL, durable URL, etc.

Note: In many item records the permanent link already includes the library proxy string. To ensure that your links work properly the proxy information needs to be removed and placed at the beginning of the permanent link.

Example :

In this example there is no permanent link listed by the vendor. Clicking on the PDF link simply opens the document in your browser:

Step 1. Copy the URL from the address bar.

Step 2. Remove the proxy string from the middle of the link:

Start with:
End with:

Step 3. Add the proxy prefix to the article URL:

Step 4. Copy and paste the resulting link into your document (cuLearn course page).

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