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Access Library Databases Off-Campus

You can access library databases, journals, and most e-books by logging in with your Gordon email and password. Go to if you have questions about your password.

Course Reserves

These materials circulate for limited time periods, with varying fines. Students request reserve materials at the circulation desk and should know the course ID and title of the book or DVD on reserve.


You may want to consider using online articles from the library databases or online journal subscriptions, which students can access on or off campus anytime. From the Library home page, choose Databases to search or view the databases. If you have a specific article in mind, use Journal Finder to search for the journal title. You can also put links to these articles into your Canvas Class sites. 

We have more than 230,000 ebooks in different academic subject areas, available to Gordon College users on or off campus anytime. They can be accessed from the NOBLE catalog and from the library website Electronic Resources E-book page. You can also put links to ebooks into your Canvas Class sites.

More information about copyright and linking to Canvas is available in our Teaching & Course Resources.

  • Please complete the Course Reserve form. Be aware that if you leave the page inactive (without submitting) for longer than 1 hour, you will lose the information you have entered.
  • If you are going to use chapters from a book for more than one semester, you may want to request the library to purchase multiple copies of the book to put on reserve instead of making photocopies and paying for copyright permission repeatedly. On the Course Reserve Form, select Purchase Materials for Reserve. Purchasing the books may take 1-3 weeks. Please plan accordingly. The library may not purchase more than 5 or 6 copies of a book for reserve. If you need more copies than that, you may want to consider making it a required textbook for the students to purchase.
  • Materials are processed in the order in which they are received. It may take 2-5 business days to process the materials. Photocopies of articles or book chapters will take longer if they need copyright permission. To ensure that materials are available for students when needed, please fill in the course reserve form and submit your materials as early as possible.
  • As required by copyright law, please write the full citation on all photocopies of book chapters or journal articles.
  • For the benefit of your students and to avoid confusion at the circulation desk, reading assignments on syllabi or given in class for reserve materials should follow these guidelines:
    • Use the book title followed by the chapter number or page number.
  • After you have submitted your reserve list, please bring any personal reserve materials along with your name and the Course ID to the circulation desk for processing.
  • For your convenience, library staff will retrieve library materials for you to put on reserve. However, it is the faculty's responsibility to photocopy materials.
  • You can go to the Course Reserve page to see when your reserve materials are ready for students to use. You can search by instructor's name, course name, or course number.

If you have questions about copyright and the reserve process, please contact Naomi McDermott by email or by phone at x4122.

Library Instruction

Library instruction on research techniques and library resources is available for individuals, small groups, or entire classes for general or subject-specific content. Instruction may be held in a single session or a series of sessions in a computer lab, in the Reference Room, or in the classroom.

Syllabus Statement

Please include the following statement in your syllabi:

Students are responsible for obtaining any library resources assigned for this course. Questions about library resources should be directed to librarians in the Jenks Library. Librarians are available to assist you by email at or by appointment. 

Instruction Videos

Ask a librarian for help producing instruction videos to distribute to your class via Canvas or our Jenks Library YouTube page. This is the next best thing to in-person instruction, and in some ways better, because we can create highly tailored video content your students can access again and again. 

Subject Guides or Course Guides

The library can create a tailored subject guide or course guide for your class or discipline. These guides are curated resources designed to meet the needs of your students. They contain links and how-to information for the most relevant library resources and search strategies related to your discipline or class. 

Canvas Module

Embed information literacy directly into your Canvas course by asking the library to help you build a research module. This module will be designed as a self-passed resource for students to complete. It includes a mixture of reading and videos, followed by short assignments to help check for understanding. See an example of a Canvas Module by searching the Commons for PYL 257 Research Module. 

Accessing Chronicle of Higher Education


  1. Go to the library homepage at
  2. In the search the libraries section, click on the Journals tab.
  3. Enter the name Chronicle of Higher Education and click search.
  4. You will see a list of access options for The Chronicle. Click on the link that says "Publisher."
  5. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to log in with your Gordon credentials. 
  6. You should see a green checkmark with "premium access provided by Gordon College" in the upper right corner. This is what allows you to get access to articles.


  1. Scroll to the bottom of the CoHE website. 
  2. Click on the link for "Get Newsletters."
  3. CoHE has a number of different newsletters you can subscribe to. You must create an account with CoHE first before subscribing to newsletters. Please create an account by navigating to the Chronicle using steps 1-6 above. You must be on-campus or logged in or your individual account will not be linked to the Gordon College subscription. 
  4. Create an account by clicking the "log in" button in the upper right corner. Follow the steps for creating an account from there.
  5. Once your account is created, navigate back to the "Get Notifications" page and click on the "sign up" button next to any newsletter you would like to receive via email. 
  6. If you click the link to a premium article while off-campus, the Chronicle will not recognize you and display a screen saying the content is available exclusively to Chronicle subscribers and prompt you to subscribe.   Click on the Log In link in the upper right corner and log in with your individual Chronicle account to access premium content. 
  7. Contact the library with any issues or questions.

Notary Services

The Jenks Library offers notary services in person at the library free of charge to the Gordon community. While walk-ins are accepted, appointments are recommended to guarantee we can notarize your document when you need it. To schedule an appointment, please use the Jenks Library Notary Appointment form, listing 3 possible meeting times.

What does a notary do?

Notaries witness document signing. They verify, by their signature and seal, that you are who you say you are.

You will need:

  • The document you need notarized.
  • Make sure the document is complete. The document must be in a language that the notary can read.
  • Do not sign your name until notary tells you to do so.
  • Bring a government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, state-issued ID, or passport) for every individual who will sign the document. Ensure the name on the ID matches the name on your document.
  • All signers to be physically present.
  • The notary is not an attorney licensed to practice law and will not provide legal advice. We are unable to notarize some documents, such as: copy certifications, powers of attorney, wills, trusts, real estate closings, codicils, or depositions. 

Request Library Purchases & Delivery


You can set up a journal alert in EBSCO or Gale/Infotrac to receive an email with links to full text articles each time a new issue is available.

  • From the library home page, choose Journal Finder, and search for a journal title.
  • Choose an EBSCO or Gale/Infotrac database from the ones listed underneath the journal name.

In an EBSCO database (Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, PsycARTICLES, etc.) :

At the top right of the middle screen section, click on "Alert / Save / Share." Then choose "Create an Alert."

You will need a "My EBSCOhost" account to enable email delivery. If you do not already have one, select "I'm a new user" to set up an account.

Once you are into your "My EBSCOhost" account, follow the directions for setting the journal alert or editing the RSS Feed.

In most Gale/Infotrac databases (Expanded Academic ASAP, Academic OneFile, General OneFile, etc.):

Email Alert:
Click "Search Alert/RSS Feed" icon at the right of the center section of the screen.

Fill in your email address and select a frequency. You will receive an email alert for the journal whether or not a new issue is available. (The RSS feed feature below is more intelligent and will notify you only when a new issue is available.)

RSS Feed:
Copy the Feed URL at the bottom of the "Create Journal Alert" page and add it to your RSS feed reader. You will receive an RSS feed alert each time a new issue is available in the Gale database.


You can point students to specific journal articles and ebooks by using persistent links from library electronic resources. Permalinks, also called persistent links, durable links, or bookmarks, are Internet addresses that connect directly to specific full text articles or  ebooks. For most databases it is important to copy the permalink from the article record rather than the URL appearing in the browser address bar, which is temporary and may not work later on.

Most persistent links can be placed within Canvas class sites, syllabi, and reading lists. Using a permalink is preferable to posting the PDF or placing print articles on reserve, because it avoids copyright issues

How to Link

For resources other than EBSCO and Gale Infotrac you will need to add the library proxy prefix to the beginning of the permalink so that students can be authenticated to access the article when they are off campus. Always test a permalink before saving it in Canvas.

Below you will find directions for using persistent links for journal articles and ebooks.

Journal Articles


  • Copy the hyperlink at the top of the webpage (yes, that's all you need to do!).

Gale Infotrac

  • From a Gale Infotrac result list, click on the article title to access the article record. In the article record "Tools" box, select "Bookmark this Document". Copy the "Bookmark URL" and paste into Canvas.
  • You do not need to add the proxy prefix to persistent links from Gale Infotrac.

Boston Globe

  • In the article record, click on "Tags" near top of page. In the window that appears, copy and paste the "Document URL" into Canvas.
  • Add the following proxy prefix to the beginning of the URL:
    • Example:


  • From a JSTOR search results list, click on an article title to access to article record. 
  • Copy the "Stable URL" link into Canvas (listed right below publisher and DOI information).
  • Add the following proxy prefix to the beginning of the URL:
    • Example:

Sage Journals
Sage Journals is an online collection of journals.

  • You can find these online journals from Journal Finder by searching for the specific journal title.
  • You can also find online journals by browsing Sage's publication list:
    • ​Choose "Sage Premier All Access Collection," from the Library Databases list. 
    • Select the "Browse" link at the top of the page to view a full list of available journals. Find your journal by title.
    • Select "All Issues" to view the full list of available issues by date and volume. 
    • Select the "Full Text (PDF)" option to open the article in a new window.
    • Copy the URL as it appears in the top browser address bar.
    • Add the following proxy prefix to the beginning of the URL:
      • Example:

​E-Journals from Publishers

  • You can find online subscription journals by searching using the journal title in Journal Finder.
  • Under the journal name, choose the publisher link.


You can link to ebooks in Canvas. You can find ebooks from the library website two ways:

  • From the NOBLE catalog, search for the format "E-book" and a "keyword", OR
  • Choose an ebook provider from the Electronic Resources page Ebooks.

eBooks on EBSCOhost

  • After finding an "ebook on EBSCOhost" title in the NOBLE catalog or from the library electronic resources pages,
  • Go to the ebook record in EBSCOhost and copy the Permalink from the Tools list on the right. You will find Permalinks at the book, chapter and page level.
  • Paste the Permalink URL into Canvas.

Free Online Collections

  • Look for a persistent link on the book's main page in the online collection.
  • Paste this URL into Canvas.