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University of Minnesota

Kathryn A. Martin Library

Online Learning Resources for Faculty

Why do we have a proxy?

Why do we have proxy services?

Many online library resources are proxied in order to authenticate UMD students, faculty, and staff. Databases, journals, and other resources are often governed by licenses and agreements. Proxied access allow the library to abide by those licenses and agreements. To access library materials, a proxy has the user, whether on or off campus, authenticate as a UMD student, faculty, or staff member. A proxied URL will have the user sign in before taken to the resource:

Permalinks with built in proxies

Below are some example of vendors that have proxied their links:

  • Ebsco databases have the proxy at the beginning such  Example:

  • ProQuest databases have the proxy in the middle ( Example:

  • Gale databases have the proxy in the middle (u=mnauduluth)  Example:

If you need further assistance with proxied links for off campus use please email or call 218-726-6120.


What if the URL isn't proxied?

Add UMD's proxy to a library link

Sometimes, to secure off-campus access, you can add a proxy link to an item. To do so, add the following to the beginning of a library URL:


For example, Springer permanent links are saved from the browser address bar and do not have extra encryption to authenticate our users. So, you simply put the two strings together:   +


Free and open access content does not require a proxy.