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Best Practices for Off-Campus Access to E-resources

To connect to a subscription resource simply click on the link to the database (or other resource) from the Library's website. These links have the proxy server address embedded.

You will then be prompted to authenticate yourself to the proxy server.

proxy server login

Do that by entering your Knox email username (omit the @knox.edu part) and Knox email password. If your email ID and password are valid, you will gain access to the database /resource you selected.

To create links for web and Moodle pages that allow Knox constituents access to library subscription resources, your links must contain the stem for the proxy server. Precede a URL that you get from a subscription resource with the following proxy server stem.

https://knox.idm.oclc.org/login?url=

For instance, the base URL for Choice Reviews Online is http://cro2.org so to make this resource available via the proxy server, add the proxy server stem to it, like this:

https://knox.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.chronicle.com/

When you find an article or book chapter in one of the library's subscription resources and you want to provide that link to students, do not simply copy the address from the browser's address bar. Instead, look for the permanent (sometimes called "durable" or "stable") link on the page. 

For example, in JSTOR, the stable link is displayed below the publication information:

Use the stable URL and add the proxy prefix to it. The result will be this link: 

https://knox.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://www.jstor.org/stable/20208469

Linking to Full Text Content in Google Scholar

You can get to the full text of items listed in the results of a Google Scholar search. There are three ways this can happen:

A. The item is freely available to anyone and so Google Scholar will present a link to the item.

B. The item is from a publisher participating in the Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA) program. Read about the CASA program and how you can enable it here

C. You have set up library links in your Google Scholar. This allow you to access library subscription materials via Google Scholar's library link. To set this up:

1. Access Google Scholar. Make sure you are logged into any Google app so that it recognizes you when you get to Google Scholar.

2. Click on “Settings” in the left menu.

3. Click on “LibraryLinks”.

4. Search for the name of our library: Knox College.

5. Select the checkbox next to the name, then choose “save”. The name appears as "Knox College - Find It-Knox College". 

Note: If you have previously set up the Knox College library link in Google Scholar, you may need to do it again because the library changed linking systems as part of the library system migration that happened in June 2020.

After viewing results of a search in Google Scholar, links to Knox College subscribed content will appear to the left of an item: