You will need Vanderbilt's proxy address to link to specific articles or databases from OAK or your course web pages. The proxy address ensures that students will be able to access articles no matter where they are-on campus or off.
Add the following prefix at the beginning of the article link.
Link full text articles directly to your syllabus or reading list
It is often possible to link directly to a full-text article in one
of the library's online journal and article collections directly from
your course readings in OAK or your course web-page. Methods for creating
these links will vary:
Sometimes you can use the URL (web site address) displayed in
the address bar at the top of your web browser's window.
Sometimes you will have to build a link based on information that
an online journal or article collection provides.
It is important to create direct and stable article links:
Direct: The link leads immediately to the article, with
no need to search or navigate.
Stable: The link works every time you click on it. (NOTE:
If you simply copy a link from the address bar, it may stop working
after you've closed the broswer and will never work for other people).
To Get Started:
Choose the database where you found the article from the following
list and follow the instructions (NOTE: This list is not comprehensive.):
What if the Database Where I Found My Article Isn't On this List?
If the database where you found your article doesn't have direct links
to articles, consider this alternative. Give your students the article
citation, provide a link to the database where
the article can be found, and have them search the database on their
own. This takes time, and often the article is not found if the person
made a mistake typing or searched improperly. However, since not all
full-text databases provide the ability to do article level linking,
this might be your best option.
Direct Students to databases and e-journals for specific assignments
There are times when you may wish to have students use a particular database and/or e-journal to complete specific assignments. Consider linking directly to these resources.
To do this, start by going to the Library's research
database or e-journal page. Find the database or e-journal you want to link to, and place your cursor over the link.
Right click on the link, and select "Copy shortcut" or "Copy Link Location" (depending upon your browser, this message might be slightly different). This will allow you to paste the correct URL with proxy information (the code that allows for off-campus access) into OAK or your course web-page.
Link to General Subject Guides and Library Homepage
You may wish to link to one of our subject
based research guides. These guides are open to the public. Choose
the guide you wish to link to and simply cut and paste the link from
the top of the web page for your link.
Consider linking to the Heard Library system homepage.
This page gives students direct access to many library resources and
services. All the links from this page include proxy server information
that will allow students to access the materials whereever they are.
Link to Getting Started With Your Research, a Self-help guide for Students
Started With Your Research is a guide for students who are
unclear about the steps to take for a research project. It provides
basic information about the research process, when to use library
resources in the process, and how to get in touch with a librarian
for further help.