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Faculty Development: Step-by-Step Examples

Step One: EZproxy Prefix

The EZproxy Prefix is

This prefix is combined with the article's permanent URL to create the EZproxy link, which gives USAWC users access to the article.

Step Two: Find Article's Permanent URL

The URL in the browser window IS NOT the article's permanent link. Follow these steps to find the permanent link.


  1. From the library research homepage, find the box with the search fields. 
  2. Click on "Journals"
  3. In the search field, type the journal your article is in, e.g., "Foreign Affairs".
  4. Click on the appropriate hyperlink for the journal.


  1. From the journal landing page (see above), browse through the issues or search for your article. OR, complete an article search in Summon
  2. On the article landing page, find the permanent URL for the article. You may have to click on something, such as "Cite", "Permalink", or a chain link icon.

proquest url

taylorandfrancis url

For examples from specific databases, go to tab "Finding the Links: Database Examples" in this guide.


Step Three: Build EZproxy Link

Now that you have BOTH the EZproxy prefix AND the article's permanent link, you can build the EZproxy link that directs to the specific article for USAWC users.

Method One:

Formula: EZproxy Prefix + Permanent URL = EZproxy Link

Example: "" + "" =

EZproxy Link:

Method Two: Use Our Link Builder

Bonus: Masking the Link

"Masking" a link in Microsoft Office hides the long, complicated, or unsightly URL behind text.

Above: Example of article URLs hidden behind the hyperlinked texts "ProQuest", "OpenAccess" and "EBSCO OmniFile". 

How to Mask a Link in MS Word:

  1. Right-click anywhere in the document and select "Hyperlink..." This will result in the "Insert Hyperlink" pop-up window.
  2. In the "Text to display" field, enter the text you would like to hide the URL behind. In our example above, the text is "ProQuest".
  3. In the "Address" field, enter the complete URL, beginning with https://, that you created for your article.
  4. Click OK.

Above: "Insert Hyperlink" pop-up window in MS Word.

Alternatively, paste your URL into MS Word first. Then right-click on the automated hyperlink to select "Hyperlink...", and change the "Text to display". 

NOTE: Resident course directives, electives syllabi, and Library PAC usually use the name of the database or publisher as the Text to Display at the end of the citation; whereas the Department of Distance Education prefers to hide the URL in the article title.