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Faculty: Linking to Library Resources

General Linking Summary

Greenlease Library subscribes to thousands of e-books and e-journals that are high quality and licensed under specific contractual terms & conditions. Whenever possible, link directly to content rather than uploading PDFs.

  1. Avoid Off-Campus Problems: Start with a "clean" URL.  If your URL contains any "&" symbols or has a long strings, Go  look for a "permalink," "copy link," or "stable URL" on the webpage. Examples on how to locate permalinks in certain databases are given in the tabs on the left.
  2. Check that links to Library resources are set to Open in a new window or browser. 
  3. Include the Rockhurst Proxy Prepend at the beginning of Library links.
  4. If using a browser or website URL, instead of a DOI, look at the URL and change dashes to periods before adding the Library Proxy. For example: https://advance-lexis-com should be changed to
  5. The preferred method of linking is to hyperlink the article citation. In some cases, databases use an older version of a citation style. Update the style of the citation to the latest edition of a particular citation format.

Rockhurst Proxy

The Rockhurst Proxy is the way that students, staff, and faculty can connect to Library article databases, e-journals, and e-books directly from the links within Canvas when they are off-campus. This allows students and faculty to connect to licensed articles, databases, and journals even when they are using an unrecognized IP address. 

When linking to library subscription resources within Canvas, add a short URL-like string, or "prepend" to the beginning of all links to library subscription resources, which then prompts for a Rockhurst user login and password.

The prepend is:


Please not that the proxy prepend is only needed for content behind paywalls that the library pays to access. Open Access and OER materials do not need a proxy prepend.


Creating Links in Canvas

To Add an External URL in Canvas

  1. In Course Navigation, click the Modules link.
  2. Click the Add Item button.
  3. In the Add [Item Type] To: drop-down menu, select the External URL option.
    1. Type or paste the URL in the URL field [1].
    2. Give the External URL a page name
    3. To have the URL open in a new browser tab, click the Load in a new tab checkbox.
    4.  Choose whether or not to indent the item in the module drop-down menu.
  4. Click the Add Item button.
  5. View the external URL in the module.

Creating a Link Using a DOI

Creating a Link to a DOI

A DOI can create a stable link to an article.

If you want to create a link to an article, book, or other object using a DOI, it needs a full address.

  • The address (URL) must go to the DOI website, which decodes it and directs the user to the correct location. 

The website is at

Create a DOI link

Create a DOI link to a document as follows

  • Add the website URL to the beginning of the DOI.
  • DOI: 10.1177/1747493020913772
  • URL
  • This goes to the DOI website, resolves the URL, and redirects to the correct location - seamlessly. 

Rockhurst Specifics

If the document has restricted access and Rockhurst Greenlease Library provides this access, the proxy server prefix is needed to verify the user is an authorized Rockhurst user.


To give Rockhurst users access to an item from off-campus, the full link for the example above is:


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