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Linking Library Resources

How to properly link and embed library resources, such as streaming videos, database links, and articles.

Contact a Librarian

  • Tiffanie Wick is our Electronic Resources Librarian and is always happy to help you obtain the right links. Feel free to reach out to her to request the proper links for your selected resources.
  • Renée Barney may also be able to help if Tiffanie is not available and you need a link right away.

What is "Proxy"?

  • “A proxy server…acts as an intermediary between…a computer, and another server from which a user or client is requesting a service.” (from
  • All our subscription-based electronic resources funnel through a proxy server in order to authenticate our subscription terms.
  • When off-campus, a Western student, faculty, or staff member needs to enter their network login information in order to authenticate. This is done through the proxy server.
  • Proxy server information must be included in the link or embed code in order to allow for this.
  • If no proxy information is included, patrons will be blocked from accessing the resources and may even see a “purchase” option.

Western's Proxy Prefix

Proxy Prefix:

  • Make sure this prefix is included on any link you share with others.
  • Proxy is “hidden” on-campus. It is bypassed because you are already on the network.
  • The links provided by databases while on-campus usually do not show the proxy prefix. You’ll need to add the prefix to make the links work properly off-campus.


Look for:

  • Permalink
  • Permanent
  • Persistent
  • Stable
  • Static
  • Bookmark
  • Share
  • Embed
  • Link icon
     chain link icon
  • Embed icon
    Embed icon