Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Creating Links to Online Resources: Home

Copyright Liaison Librarians

The main contact for research-related matters or presentations on copyright compliance or author's rights is Scholarly Communications Librarian, Dr. Patrick Gamsby

Copyright Liaison Librarians, by branch:
Have questions about e-reserves, copyright clearance for course materials, or copyright in the "virtual" classroom?

Kate Shore

Grenfell Campus & Education Library:
Crystal Rose

Health Sciences:
Michelle Swab

Marine Institute:
Catherine Lawton

Music Resource Centre:
Becky Smith

For questions about materials in our Archives and Special Collections and Centre for Newfoundland Studies, please contact Colleen Quigley.

Creating Links to Online Resources

The Library has contracts with a variety of vendors and publishers that provide the campus with thousands of online resources (databases, ejournals, ebooks, etc.) costing millions of dollars per year. In addition to paying for these resources, the Library negotiates licence agreements that stipulate how and by whom a given resource may be used. Posting copies (e.g. a PDF of an online journal article) to the library's e-reserves or a course management system may or may not be a permitted use. You can use our License Information database to check permitted uses. It is important to note that some of our resources come from multiple sources, and different copyright policies and licensing apply depending on which source you are using.

You are permitted to post a link to the content! To ensure access from both on and off campus to the linked content, the library proxy must be added to the URL. The proxy generator provided below will allow you to create the new, stable URL.

Creating a Link for On and Off Campus Access

Simply paste in a resource URL  (DOI, persistent URL or browser URL) in the top box.  A newly created link, complete with proxy, will appear in the second box.  Copy and paste the proxy enhanced URL into Brightspace, MyGrenfell or your presentation.

Resource URL:
Proxy Enhanced URL:

Definitions and Examples

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI): An increasingly common type of persistent link. A DOI is a standardized method for identifying an electronic object.

Example: 10.1503/cmaj.100771

Persistent URL: A permanent URL listed in the article citation or abstract which may be labeled "Stable URL", "Document URL", "Persistent Link" or something similar, depending on the database platform.


Browser URL: the online address displayed at the top of your web browser window (IE, Firefox, etc.).  Warning: these links are often valid for a short time only.  Use a DOI or persistent URL wherever available.



Please test all proxy enhanced links before distribution. Problems are not infrequent. For assistance contact your Copyright Liaison Librarian.

Related Guides