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Stable Links for Electronic Resources

How to create stable links for online journals, e-books, and streaming media

Create Stable Links for Off-Campus Access

Licensing agreements for online library resources require use of the EZProxy in order for a link to be stable and usable from off-campus. This EZProxy directs users to log in with their MSU information for access and allows publishers to recognize authorized MSU users. 

Some library content providers include our EZProxy information in their stable links, while others do not.  This guide provides examples of both links that include this information directly from the provider and links that must be modified in order to include it. 

  • If the link from the provider includes https://ezproxy.msu.edu/login?url= at the beginning, or if it includes proxy1.cl.msu.edu or proxy2.cl.msu.edu somewhere within the URL, you can use this URL as your stable link.
  • If the link from the provider does NOT include any of these elements, add https://ezproxy.msu.edu/login?url= to the front of the URL to create your stable link.
  • See Stable Links Tips & Tricks for troubleshooting suggestions if your stable link does not work as expected.
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