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University of Minnesota

Kathryn A. Martin Library

Linking to Library Resources

Instructions and visual examples on how to link to library resources and incorporating resources in an LMS.

Why do we have a proxy?

Why do we have proxy services?

Library resources are proxied in order to properly authenticate UMD students, faculty, and staff. Databases, journals and other resources are subject to licenses and agreements that prevent us from sharing with all community members. Authentication via proxy helps manage access to these crucial resources.

A proxy forces the user (whether off campus or using the campus WiFi) to authenticate as an active UMD student, faculty, or staff member in order to access library materials. This makes sure only our users have access. 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 products have the proxy at the beginning such  Example:

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

  • Gale products 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

In order to secure off-campus access, you can sometimes 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.