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The Basics

In order to link to library material, you need to use a permalink. Permalinks, or permanent links, are a type of persistent identifier which is designed to be a long-lasting reference to a web page. The permalink is not always the same as the URL in your browser’s address bar.

To create a link that can be accessed off-campus, you also need to include Lesley’s proxy prefix. If the proxy prefix is missing, students will not be able to access materials off campus.

The easiest ways to ensure that you have a persistent link with a proxy prefix are:

  • Linking to the item's record in @LL Search, the Library’s discovery tool
  • Creating a course reading list using Library Syllabus Builder

To link to the item record in @LL Search, simply search for your resource using the title, author, or any other relevant information, click on the title from the search results page, and select “Permalink” from the Tools menu on the right. A box should appear above the title with a URL that starts with Copy this URL and paste it wherever you would like to share a resource with Lesley users!

To create a course reading list in Library Syllabus Builder, see our tutorial here.


These are the best ways to link to the vast majority of Lesley's resources, with a few exceptions. To link to specific newspaper articles, see the tips on our Self-Service Portal on linking to newspapers here. For Artstor, Issues & Controversies,, and Videatives, instructions are listed below.


  1. Go to Artstor from the A-Z Databases page and register for an Artstor account. An Artstor account will allow you to make groups, which is the easiest way to share multiple images.
  2. Search for the images you want and add them to a group.
  3. Navigate to your group and then Share --> Generate group link. Your group link will look something like this:
  4. To share with users off-campus, paste the Library's proxy prefix ( in front of your group link, so it looks something like this: There are no spaces between the two http elements.
  5. Paste your proxied link wherever you want to share your Artstor image group!

Issues & Controversies

  1. Navigate to Issues & Controversies from the A-Z Databases page.
  2. Click on the title of the entry you want to share.
  3. Navigate to the Page Tools button on the right side of the page. Select Page Tools --> Share --> Record URL.
  4. Paste the record URL wherever you want to share your resource; it will already have the proxy prefix included.

  1. Navigate to from the A-Z Databases page.
  2. Go to the resource you want to share.
  3. Click the red arrow Share button, located either on the left side of the page or the top right of a tile.
  4. Copy the URL at the bottom of the popup, which will look something like this:
  5. Paste the Library's EZProxy prefix in front, so it looks something like:
  6. Paste the proxied URL wherever you would like to share resources!


  1. To access Videatives content, users must log in by clicking this link (the same link as on the A-Z page) first. Users must log in through that link for each new session.
  2. If you are using Videatives from off campus, you can then navigate to the content you want to share and copy and paste the URL from your address bar. It should look something like this:
  3. If you are using Videatives from on campus, copy and paste the URL from your address bar and paste the Library's proxy prefix in front. It should look something like this:
  4. Share your Videatives content, but remember to tell students to click the login link first!

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