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Linking to Articles

Linking to CCSF Library Items for Easy Access

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? You can do this by using a persistent link.

Persistent Links

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.

How to Use Persistent Links

Instructions vary slightly depending on the database company. Watch this video to see a few examples of how library databases display their persistent link.

What Does the Persistent Link Do?

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

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.

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Remote Access


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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