Some service providers use proprietary parameters instead of more usual parameters like entityID. These providers include Gale, EBSCO and ProQuest.
When they are set up to use OpenAthens and you are using their link syntax, you do not need the redirector prefix because the login will go via OpenAthens… but there can be times when you want or need to use the redirector prefix with these resources anyway.
For example if your library system needs to put the prefix in front of all links. In these cases you need to include the relevant proprietary parameter.
Here are some examples for these three providers.
With ProQuest you just need to include the
accountid parameter at the end
ProQuest link format:
ProQuest link Example:
EBSCO require two query parameters for authentication:
authtype should be either
EBSCOhost link format:
EBSCOhost link example:
EBSCO provide a tool to help generate links at https://widgets.ebscohost.com/eit/urlb.php
There are two link formats:
You can find your location id via https://support.gale.com/locid
Example Gale link:
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