Database licenses negotiated by the library require that electronic resources (such as online journals) only be used in specific ways.  Downloading a PDF copy from a database and uploading it to cuLearn is almost never permitted.  Instead, faculty and instructors should use authenticated proxied links on cuLearn pages.

In additional 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).

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:

http://proxy.library.carleton.ca/login?url=

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 1

In this example, the library proxy information is embedded in the permanent link provided by the vendor.  Follow these steps to properly formulate your link:

Step 1. Locate and copy the article's permanent link provided by the vendor (click image to enlarge):

http://www.jstor.org.proxy.library.carleton.ca/stable/20454994

A sample permalink in the JSTOR database

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

Start with: http://www.jstor.org.proxy.library.carleton.ca/stable/20454994
End with: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20454994

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

http://proxy.library.carleton.ca/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/2...

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

Example 2

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.

http://muse.jhu.edu.proxy.library.carleton.ca/journals/journal_of_democr...

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

Start with: http://muse.jhu.edu.proxy.library.carleton.ca/journals/journal_of_democracy/v022/22.1.pion-berlin.pdf
End with: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_democracy/v022/22.1.pion-berlin.pdf

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

http://proxy.library.carleton.ca/login?url=http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/....
pion-berlin.pdf

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

Additional Assistance

These generalized instructions will work in most circumstances. For additional assistance, contact Library Reserves or the library representative for your department.