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Canvas Integration: Proxy

Linking to Library Resources

Links to library resources work differently than links to other kinds of websites because of how our subscriptions work. Publishers want to be certain only authorized users can access their materials, so they check to see if they recognize the visitor as coming from a subscribing computer--and they include extra information in the URLs to allow them to keep track. One of the side-effects of this is that copying and pasting a link from your browser bar sometimes works, but mostly does not. Sometimes it will just not work. Sometimes it will work for students or faculty on-campus, but not off-campus. You can reliably fix these problems by routing the links through the HCCS libraries' proxy server.

Here you can see an EbscoHost database permalink -

permalink example

How to Create Proxy Links

Proxy links are special URLs that allow easy access to HCC's vast selection of subscription resources, like journal articles and streaming videos. Some HCC library databases provide you with links that are already proxied, others do not. Here are some tips for recognizing and creating them for use with your courses. 

  • The link must be a "persistent" link. This means that the link is usually not the one found in the browser address bar, but generally on the page and labeled "permalink" or "durable link" or something similar..
  • You do not need to do this for freely available sites (such as Google) or links that already contain
  • The links generated will work from both on-campus and off-campus. The link routes users through our proxy server, which authenticates them as HCC students, staff, or faculty by prompting the user to enter their HCC ID and password.
  • This tool requires JavaScript enabled in your browser to work.
  • If your permalink from a database already includes our prefix - - you do not need to do anything else. Just copy and paste where needed!
  • You can manually build these proxied links by adding this prefix - - to the beginning of your persistent link. Or, just use the handy Proxy Generator to the right!

The Proxy Link Generator

1. Copy and paste your source URL here:

2. Click the "Create link" button:


3. Copy and use the resulting link:

4. Clear the form to make another link:


Notes: JavaScript must be enabled in your browser in order to use this tool. If you encounter any problems with this tool, please contact Jenn Stidham.

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