The Gottesman Libraries subscribes to thousands of journals with access to full articles. You can search most available articles equally well with our website's federated search or our E-Journals and Databases tool (but note a small percentage of articles are only available via searching directly on a publishers' platform).

Library staff often deploy a range of search strategies to conduct exhaustive searches. Generally, when looking for a specific journal article, we do three layers of search: TC federated (first), CU federated (second), and Google Scholar (if all else fails). Using Google Scholar helps confirm where an article is available prior to conducting a more targeted library search.

Sharing a Link

Library staff fulfill many Course Reserves requests with durable URLs (permalinks when available). Many journal and database platforms make these links available. Look for "stable link" or "permalink" in the article description. Don't copy/paste the link to an article from your browser because it likely includes "session" information that only provides temporary access.

There is a second layer to consider when sharing resources with Teachers College colleagues: our library proxy. As part of a URL (currently the stanza ""), proxy information routes users through Columbia University UNI authorization (log-in process), which allows access to subscription content. In other words, if a user is off-campus and isn't directed through the proxy, they will not be recognized and will not get access to the full content.

How To Make a Proxied Link

Here is an example of a proxied link to share that is provided by JSTOR:

However, if the proxy stanza was not already in the link, it would appear as follows and not allow access from off-campus:

To create a proxied link from the stable link, just add our proxy prepend (i.e., the full stanza) first as follows:

This proxied link will work for all Teachers College and Columbia University users.

You can copy the prepend here:

Expired Links

Sometimes links no longer work. As subscription packages change, we might lose access to content. Or sometimes publishers update their links (even permalinks). If that happens, you could conduct a new search for the content (as links are regularly updated in our federated search platform), or reach out to us. We'll figure out what's going on and either restore access or ask you to formally request the material in our Requests & Reserves system.

Have any questions? Ask us!