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Linking to Full-Text Articles for Course Pages: About linking

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Both print and online journal articles are protected by copyright law. Most online journal subscriptions are governed by signed licenses; these are legally binding contracts which govern the use of the journals, and individual faculty and students at the University of Iowa are all required by law to adhere to the provisions of these licenses and of Federal copyright law. For more information on copyright, see:


Publishers have yet to adopt a universally standardized method of linking. Furthermore, access from off-campus requires that users have a means to prove their University affiliation (HawkID). This is usually accomplished with a proxy URL. You will have to choose the best method according to your students’ needs and what the publisher makes available.

Proxy URLs

The following URL fragment can be added in front of standard URLs to ensure that off-campus users will be prompted to enter their HawkID and password to gain access to University-licensed resources.


Need Help?

If you are trying to link to an article and none of the methods in this guide work for you, or if you have questions, please contact your Hardin departmental liaison for further assistance.

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