This page shows how to create stable links to videos in databases that are licensed by MSU Libraries. Stable links (also called permalinks or stable URLs) are more-or-less permanent URLs that link to specific content. When you use a stable URL to link to a resource licensed by MSU, it will authenticate faculty, staff, or students as having the right to access that content.
To create a stable URL, you will have to copy a specific string of characters that will route users through MSU's proxy servers and ask them to enter their NetID and password. The instructions on these pages will tell you how to link to different video resources licensed by the library. For ALL of these resources, it is important to look carefully at the link you find.The MSU "Ezproxy string" will be referenced throughout and shown in examples, for reference the Ezproxy string is http://ezproxy.msu.edu/login?url=
For example, if the original link looks like this:
you will reformat it to look like this:
Stable links are not available for every resource and some may become unstable after a period of time. You must be diligent in managing them. The library does not assume responsibility for notifying users when stable links become unavailable or stop working.
These instructions are subject to change and we suggest checking the guide periodically to ensure you are conforming to current best practices for creating stable links.
The way you find stable links varies from resource to resource--sometimes you can just copy and paste the link in your browser, but this won't work for most resources. To find specific instructions for videos from different databases and journals, use the menu options to the left.
To get the stable links to videos in these databases, navigate to the video and then copy the URL you see in your browser.
The result will be a stable link to your video, which will look something like this:
To link to a video in one of the Alexander Street Press databases (there are several of these, but you will be able to recognize them because they all have alexanderstreet somewhere in the URL), click the Embed/Link button below the video title.
A box will appear with a permanent link and an embed code. Copy the permanent link. Delete the string proxy2(or 1).cl.msu.edu from the link and add the Ezproxy string to the front of the URL. The result will be your stable link, which should look something like http://ezproxy.msu.edu/login?url=https://search.alexanderstreet.com/view/work/bibliographic_entity|video_work|2078352
Your computer will download an Excel spreadsheet containing a list of the stable URLs for all the Procedures Consult videos.
Copy the URL for your video from the spreadsheet and ahttp://ezproxy.msu.edu/login?url=https://www.clinicalkey.com/playContent/19-s2.0-mp_IM-004
Once you have the DOI number string, add http://ezproxy.msu.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/
To link to a video from LWW Health, navigate to the video and then copy the URL you see in your browser.
Once you have it, delete the string proxy1.cl.msu.edu or proxy2.cl.msu.edu from the URL, and add http://ezproxy.msu.edu/login?url= to the beginning of the link.
You now have a stable link for your video, which should look something like http://ezproxy.msu.edu/login?url=http://meded.lwwhealthlibrary.com/multimediaPlayer.aspx?multimediaid=13673867