Updating Links to Library Digital Resources

The Library is updating its proxy, so if you have linked to a Library digital resource, you will have to update the URL with the new authentication link information. Library digital resources can be accessed from on or off campus. When you access resources from off campus, you connect to them via an authentication link. This authentication link tells the digital resource website that you are affiliated with Algonquin College, and have permission to view the resource.

Note: the old authentication link will continue to work for the time being; however we recommend that you make the change as soon as possible because it will eventually stop working.

Option 1- Database Link Creator

  1. Find the link that needs to be updated.
    Example:
    http://ra.ocls.ca/ra/login.aspx?url=http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/?ui
  2. Delete the first part of the URL, from the beginning of the first ‘http’ to the beginning of the second ‘http.’
    Example:
    http://ra.ocls.ca/ra/login.aspx?url=http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/?ui
  3. Click here to access the Link Generator Tool. The Database Link Creator will open in a new tab. The Link Creator adds the authentication link to digital resource links, so that the resources can be viewed from off campus.
  4. Copy the edited URL from your document and paste it into the text box labelled ‘Step 1.’
  5. Click Create Link. The link to the resource will now appear with the new authentication link.
  6. Copy the new URL from the Link Creator. Open your document and paste the new URL in place of the original.

Option 2 – Direct Editing

  1. Find the link that needs to be updated.
    Example:
    http://ra.ocls.ca/ra/login.aspx?url=http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/?ui
  2. Delete the first part of the link, from the beginning of the first ‘http’ to the beginning of the second ‘http.’
    Example:
    http://ra.ocls.ca/ra/login.aspx?url=http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/?ui
  3. Copy the new authentication link below
    Authentication Link:
    http://ra.ocls.ca/ra/algologin.aspx?inst=algonquin&url=
  4. Paste the new authentication link in front of the edited link.
    Example:
    http://ra.ocls.ca/ra/algologin.aspx?inst=algonquin&url=http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/?ui