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Connect to Library Resources

Creating Permanent OpenAthens Links

Creating links through Summon is the easiest way to ensure a consistent user experience. The instructions below will allow you to create a custom link, but may result in a varied user experience. There are important exceptions to these instructions.

For many resources, you can create a direct link to an item that will require an OpenAthens login.

You can add the Go OpenAthens Prefix in front of the URL from the publisher website or database

You may also find that some publisher websites and databases provide a link that already contains some OpenAthens code. For example: This link will work for access but will require the end user to choose their Institution, and then login with their CWL.

Note: It is not recommended to add the OpenAthens prefix to a DOI as the end-user experience is variable depending on the publisher and UBC Library access options. To search UBC Library using a DOI, use the Summon advanced search.