Library Resources & Services for Faculty Teaching Online

Link Articles & Ebooks using OneSearch - This is Easiest!

Since OneSearch covers over 90% of all of our resources, you'll often easily find the articles and e-books you want students to view here.  The Permalink tool makes everything seamless.  Best of all, no copyright concerns!  Here are the steps:

1. Locate the resource and click the title.

 OneSearch item record

2. Select Permalink from the Tool box on the right.

OneSearch side toolbar

3. Copy the Permalink above the article/e-book title.  You'll notice that the proxy prefix (login.dax...) is already included.

OneSearch permalink window

4. Copy and paste this link into Canvas in your preferred style.

Students will be prompted to log in (n# & password) if they are off campus and then have access to the full text from anywhere.  You can even shorten the URL if you need to paste it into some text elements and don't want a long gangly link.  Some popular link shorteners are Google, Bitly,, and TinyURL.

Known Issue - Mobile Accessibility: We have discovered that OneSearch Permalinks do not function properly when you try to access them on a small-screen device such as a smart phone.  We have informed EBSCO and they are working on a solution.  Please encourage students to use a device with a larger display, such as an iPad or other standard-sized tablet.  We have not tested iPad minis or other mini-tablets/tablets such as Samsung Galaxy Note.  Laptops and desktops are unaffected by this issue.  Once resolved, we'll let you know. 

Linking with the Library Proxy

Prefer using a specific database?  That's fine, just look for a persistent or stable URL (PURL) or DOI for the desired article.  This can often be found on the full record (usually by clicking the title).  Copy the PURL or DOI and paste that link into Canvas in your preferred style.  Then place the proxy before the PURL/DOI to ensure the prompt for log in for access off campus. 

Proxy for PURLs: 

Example from JSTOR:

Example item record heading


Proxy for DOIs:
Example from PubMed*:

Example article record heading

And of course, no copyright concerns!

*For demonstration only.  Not all PubMed articles have DOIs but you can reliably use the PubMed URL featuring the PMID.


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RefWorks Reading List

Don't want to paste a bunch of links in Canvas? Consider creating a reading list using Refworks. There are 2 options. Option 1 - Create an account for the class to use. Option 2 - Share a folder in your RefWorks account with the group/class. This feature is new and works great.  Simply import references then everyone can access them or add to the list if you set that permission.  Option 2 does require all users to have a RefWorks account but that's a good thing for everyone to have.

Contact the Library Instruction team at for assistance setting up RefWorks accounts for you or your students and to learn more about folder/reading list sharing. Or check out our RefWorks guide to get started anytime.

OneSearch Folder Reading List

Another way to create a reading list with reliable links is to use the free OneSearch Account Folder tools and share folders with students or colleagues.  This is a MyEBSCOhost account and works across all EBSCO databases.

Recipients also need a OneSearch account but they can access items stored in the shared folder.  Contact Stephanie to learn more.

Subjects: Library Administration
Tags: faculty resources, teaching online, tol