Found the perfect article or film clip in a library database and want to share it with students in Canvas or on a personal class webpage? CCSF Library resources are exclusive to members of the CCSF community. To provide easy access to library resources, you will use a persistent link to the item.
A persistent link connects users directly to journal articles or other items in library databases. When accessing these articles from home, the user will be asked to authenticate with an active RAM ID before access to the article is allowed.
Instructions vary slightly depending on the database company. Watch this video to see a few examples of how library databases display their persistent link.
Many persistent links to library resources include extra website address components to ensure the CCSF community can access the item with the RAM ID. This extra address component is the library proxy, and it is what prompts for CCSF credentials.
Take for example the Chronicle of Higher Education. This is a newspaper website that has some free articles, but many are located behind a ‘paywall’ that requires a subscription. Luckily, the CCSF Library pays for an institutional subscription to get you through the paywall! The difference in access is enabled via our proxy website address component.
|Resource||Website address||Library proxy component + Website address|
|Chronicle of Higher Education||https://www.chronicle.com||https://ccsf.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://www.chronicle.com|
The second web address has the proxy component at the front. When the full address is used, the RAM ID will be prompted. After the RAM ID credentials are authenticated, the paid content is made available.
An active RAM ID (student ID number) and RAM ID password is required for off-campus access to CCSF Library subscription resources and databases, including online articles, streaming video, and e-books. When accessing these resources from off-campus, users will be prompted to log in with RAM ID, then will be able to view resources as if they are on-campus.
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