Links to library databases
From Information about Isaak, Brock University's Sakai-Based LMS
Library Link Checker/Creator
You can check and create links to Library databases at:
| More information about Persistent Links can be found on the Brock University Library's web site.
Please contact the Reserves department in the Library at extension 3963 if you require further assistance.
In order for students to successfully access full-text journals from off-campus, links to Library article databases must pass through the Brock University Library's "proxy server".
Please keep in mind the University's agreements with journal providers and others do not generally permit the posting of digital copies of journal articles on our web sites, but in almost all cases you may link to them.
More information about the uses journal providers allow the Brock University community to make use of can be found by looking-up the provider at http://brock.scholarsportal.info/licenses/ or by reviewing the information revealed by clicking the link on a Scholar's Portal or Library database search (CMS indicates that the file may be directly posted on Isaak, Brock University's Sakai-Based LMS). Step-by-step instructions can be found in the article How can I find out what I can do with articles under library subscriptions.
 How to create a link
 Best Case Scenario: Persistent link
To find persistent links in databases such as Academic Search Premier, click on the title of the article you wish to reference. You will find a link next to the text 'Persistent link to this record.' This is the link (with the proxy server reference included) you should use.
More information about how to find a persistent link can be found on the Brock University Library's web site.
 Exceptions: Create your own persistent link
If there is no 'persistent link' you can create one using the Link Checker. Paste the URL to the journal article that you want to link to. You will immediately be given a URL and you will find out if the link is available from off campus. If it is not available from off campus click 'Have it Added' and you will be contacted when the link is available.
Persistent links will look like: http://proxy.Library.brocku.ca/login?url=http://www.jstor.org
Note that before the original URL is some extra information (http://proxy.Library.brocku.ca/login?url= ) that will prompt the user if they are off campus to log in. You can often confirm that the link is suitable for posting in Isaak/Sakai by looking for "brocku.ca" in the link.
The following is a link that will prompt users for a username/password, and ultimately allow access from off-campus: http://proxy.Library.brocku.ca/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.asp?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph
The following is not: http://search.epnet.com/login.asp?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph
 Ways to add links to a Sakai-Based system
- In the Resources tool click "Add" button beside the main folder or sub-folder you would like the create the new web link in and choose "Add Web Links (URLs)"
- Copy-and-Paste in the properly formatted Web Address (URL/Persistent link, etc)
- Add a title for the link
- Click Add Web Links Now
 One HTML file
You also add the links to Sakai in one HTML file by either creating a document in a word processor and saving it as a web page (HTML) or following these steps:
- In the Resources tool click "Add" and then "Create HTML Page"
- Type in the bibliographic information, creating links from the URLs or paste the content from a word processor
- When you're ready press "Continue"
- Enter a name for the file, and optionally other details
- At the bottom of the page press "Finish"
 Adding a link to the Sakai Web Content Tool
- In the relevant course or project site, click "Site Setup".
- Click Edit Tools.
- Check the box next to Web Content. Click Continue.
- On the "Customize Tools" screen you will see fields where you can enter information for a new item, as follows:
- In the "Title:" field, add a title.
- In the "URL:" field, enter a URL after the "http://" that already appears in the field.
- If you'd like to add more than one item, select the appropriate number of items from the More Web Content Tools? drop-down menu.
- Click Continue.
- You will see information about the changes you have made to your worksite. Click Finish.
 Posting a PDF file of a journal article on Isaak/Sakai
The above instructions for adding a link are almost always a better option.
Some journal providers make no distinction between mediums and allow instructors to distribute copies of journal articles, to only their students through links, paper and electronic copies. It cannot be assumed that a journal provider permits the distribution of electronic copies. Further, Brock University and the government of Canada have never provided instructors with any "blanket" copyright exemptions for electronic copies.
Anyone can find out which journal providers allow members of the Brock University community to make digital copies of journal articles by looking-up the provider at http://brock.scholarsportal.info/licenses/ or by reviewing the information revealed by clicking the link on a Scholar's Portal or Library database search. In the results CMS (standing for Course Management System or Content Management System) indicates that the file may be directly posted on Isaak, Brock University's Sakai-Based LMS.
Step-by-step instructions can be found in the article How can I find out what I can do with articles under library subscriptions.
 Getting help
If you have questions about creating links to full-text articles from Library databases, please call extension 3963 or perhaps contact the appropriate Liaison Librarian http://www.brocku.ca/node/10292 . If you feel that there is a Sakai issue preventing an otherwise functional link from working please contact the CPI.