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EZProxy integration

Openlearning supports integration with OCLC EZProxy. This enables the insertion of authenticated EZProxy e-library links into courses using the Resource Links widget.

The OpenLearning integration uses EZProxy Ticket Authentication. In the EZProxy user.txt, ensure the following ticket authentication is set up:

::Ticket
TimeValid 10
SHA256 your_sha256_key
Expired; Deny expired.html
/Ticket

This ticket authentication block should follow the authentication block for the external authentication server that users log in to using their authentication credentials. 


 

1) Under Institution Settings > Integration scroll down to EZProxy Ticket Authentication 

 

 

2) Enter the Base URL for your EZProxy service and the SHA256 Key (used above) and press Save.

 


On your preferred course page, click on the Edit button to go into Edit mode.

Go to the Widget menu and select Core from the category dropdown menu. 

Click or drag the Resource Link widget icon onto your page as with any other widget.

Select the Setup tab and click on Add Link


 

Adding an EZProxy link is the same as adding an ordinary External URL, however, EZproxy URL should be selected from the drop-down menu.

 

The link URL should be the URL of the resource you are linking to via EZProxy.

Click Save.


When a user follows one of the EZProxy links set up in this manner, a special EZProxy ticket authentication link will be used. This sends through the user's identity as the external institution ID if one exists for the user, otherwise, the user's OpenLearning ID is used.

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