Step-by-step instructions for creating shareable links

Use the steps on this page to create links to library resources to share with other members of the Tufts community. Links with proxy information allow publishers' websites to recognize that users are members of the Tufts community and have access to library resources that we subscribe to.

If you share a link without adding proxy information, off-campus users may not be able to access the resource.

If you're an instructor and need to create links to library resources in Canvas, more information is available on our page about putting material on reserves.

If you need assistance creating a proxy link, please get in touch with us via chat or email.

To create a shareable link

  1. Find the link for the resource

    a. A permanent URL or DOI (digital object identifier) is the best link to use if there is one available. Most journal articles or book chapters will have one. If you find one, move on to step 2.

    Tip: This is usually located near the top of the page, or in the citation. Most DOIs look something like this: doi:10.1038/nphys1170 or

    b. If your resource doesn't have a DOI or permanent URL, use the link in your address bar and move on to step 2. If you want to share a link to a database, see step 1c below.

    Tip: This link isn't as stable as a DOI or permanent URL and should be verified regularly.

    c. If you want to share a database that's in the Tisch Library database list, you can also right-click on the resource title in that list and copy that link. You can then skip the next steps--no additional proxy information is needed.

  2. If your link is a DOI, make sure it starts with http or https

    a. If it looks like:

    it's already in the right format! Move on to step 3.

    b. If it looks like:


    you'll need to add https information in front of it.

    Take everything after the doi: prefix (the text in bold in the example above) and add in front of it.

    Your original doi:10.1038/nphys1170 will become

  3. Add this proxy information in front of the link you found in the steps above:
  4. Share your link! A shareable link will look like this: