How to use the OpenAthens Link Generator?

FAQs Answer

All of the FAU Libraries’ proprietary e-resources URLs will need to have the OpenAthens prefix (https://go.openathens.net/redirector/fau.edu?url) added to the URL as these e-resources will automatically redirect to OpenAthens on the vendor’s side. Also, just like with EZproxy, open access e-resources do not require authentication and open access URLs with OpenAthens added to the beginning of the URL will not work.

The good news is that this isn’t something you need to memorize! 

All you need to remember is to copy and paste any existing e-resources bookmark links or Canvas links into the OpenAthens Link Generator, and you will know exactly what to do.  We have provided the screenshot below as an example.

  • The first two links in the example below are Kanopy and Gale URLs.  After you enter the URLs, the OpenAthens Link Generator lets you know that an OpenAthens link can’t be generated.  This means that you just use the URL “as is” regarding bookmarks, links in Canvas, etc.
     
  • The next two links are from Cambridge and Alexander Street.  After entering the URLs, the OpenAthens Link Generator provides an athenized URL for you to copy and paste into Canvas etc.
     
  • The last two links are examples of open access e-resources/sites.  After you enter the URLs, the OpenAthens Link Generator lets you know that an OpenAthens link can’t be generated.  This means that you just use the URL “as is” regarding bookmarks, links in Canvas, etc.

Last modified at 01/26/2021 - 11:14 AM