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Faculty and Staff Resources

A guide to library resources for Hiram College faculty.


The Hiram College Library subscribes to thousands of journals, databases, and eBooks available online from on or off campus. In addition, our membership in the OhioLINK consortium grants us access to thousands more eBooks and eJournals along with access to physical materials at 117 Ohio libraries. Note: not all eJournals and eBooks from OhioLINK are loaded into the Hiram College catalog. Double check these sources just in case!

Please contact us if you have any questions about using eContent at the Hiram College Library. 

Linking to Library Resources

When linking to library resources, never copy the link directly from the search bar. You must always find a permalink/permanent link/stable URL. These links will authenticate users so that they can access materials from off campus. 

A permalink begins with a specific string of text called a proxy prefix. Hiram's prefix is:

The content following the equal sign is the link to the specific item. The video below demonstrates locating permalinks in EBSCO databases. 

Streaming Video

Streaming video has become particularly important in the past few years.  The library provides access to three large collections of streaming video, which use different economic models.  If you cannot find a needed video in one of these collections, please contact the library director.  The descriptions listed below are different than those in the Database A-Z list, so you may want to look at those as well, since that may well be what your students see.

  • Swank - Swank licenses feature films for educational streaming purposes.  The license allows you to place a link in Moodle so students can view the film.  Swank uses a different economic model in which the library prepays for a one-year licenses for a number of videos.  If you are looking for a specific feature film, begin by searching the Hiram College Swank Portal.  You will need to set up an account, but this will allow you to see what the library has already licensed.  If you don't see what you want, you should search the Swank catalog here.  Once you find a film you wish to have added to the library's portal, contact the library director who will work with Swank to do that and provide you with a direct link to place in Moodle.  Those accessing the films on their iPad will be asked to download the Swank app.


Netflix Educational Screening Policy

Netflix allows one-time educational screenings of some Netflix Original documentaries. For more information see Netflix's policy on Educational Screenings of Documentaries

In addition, Netflix has made available a selection of documentary content available to view for free on YouTube.