How to Construct Links to UC-Licensed Resources

Best Practice: link to resources rather than posting the PDF to avoid copyright violations

If you know that UCSF has access to the desired article, you can create a direct link by adding a small bit of code that authenticates the link to the UCSF network via our EZproxy server and allows a single click to access the article.

If you need access to full-text, see Getting Full-Text Access to UC-Licensed Resources.

To create a direct link, you'll need to combine two pieces of information:

  1. The EZproxy prefix that goes at the beginning of the link:
  2. The DOI link to the article e.g.

For example:

Cardinale, K. M., Bocharnikov, A., Hart, S. J., Baker, J. A., Eckstein, C., Jasien, J. M., ... Van Mater, H. (2018). Immunotherapy in selected patients with Down syndrome disintegrative disorder. Developmental medicine and child neurology.

  1. Find the article DOI (look either on the article or find in PubMed or another database):
  2. Combine the EZproxy prefix with the DOI (no spaces):

The DOI must include the leading http:// or https://. Sometimes DOIs are listed without it in a database, so be sure to add it if it is not there.

What students will see

If on the campus network or already logged into MyAccess, the student will be taken directly to the article.

Otherwise, the student will be directed to log in to their MyAccess account; once logged in they will be linked to the article.

What about ebooks and databases?

The EZproxy prefix can also be added to links to ebooks, book chapters, databases, etc. Any library-licensed resource that has a direct link can be handled this way.


There may be some occasions where this will not work, but they are rare. Types of articles where there may be problems include some ePubs ahead of print, articles in journal supplements, or articles where the full text is bundled into a database.



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