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Creating Links for Off-Campus Access

EZ Proxy is the way that students, staff and faculty can connect to article databases, e-journals, and e-books directly from the links within Canvas when they are off-campus.

When linking to library subscription resources within Canvas, you need to add a short URL-like string, or "prepend" to the beginning of all links to library subscription resources, which then prompts for an A number and password. The prepend is:

Example 1:

The link to the IBIS World database is:

which becomes:

Then, anyone off-campus trying to access IBIS World will simply be asked for their A number and Access (Banner) password before getting access to the database.

Example 2:

If you want to link to an article in an EbscoHost database and the permanent link is, the link you would paste in Canvas is:

If the student is on campus, the EZ proxy prepend is ignored and students will have direct access to the resource.


EZ Proxy Errors

If you attach the EZ Proxy prepend to a link that is not registered with our proxy server, you will first be redirected to the login screen as if you were accessing the resource from off campus:

image of exproxy login

Then you will get an error message like this one:
"To allow [or other URL] to be used in a starting point URL, your EZproxy administrator must first authorize the hostname of this URL in the config.txt file..."

image of exproxy error

If the resource is an open access journal or otherwise freely available, such as a free database from our A–Z electronic resources list, you should not include the EZ Proxy prepend in your link. The link should work if you simply delete the prepend from the original web address.

If the resource is a paid subscription, the library may need to finalize the EZ Proxy setup for that journal or database. To gain access to the resource quickly, forward contact a librarian and provide text of the error message and the name of the resource. Once the setup is complete, you can use the link with the full URL (including the special prepend) to direct users to the resource as expected.

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