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EPIC direct links for NZ schools

This page provides New Zealand schools with instructions for setting up direct links to the EPIC e-resources available through the Ministry of Education funded EPIC subscription. Direct links can be set up either through your school's Library Management System (LMS), embedded in topic/curriculum pages on your intranet or internet pages, through content curation tools or bookmarked for lesson plans.

Setting up direct links to specific e-resources

A list of the URLs that are required to set up direct links to all the e-resources currently available through EPIC (plus links to search buttons) can be accessed from this spreadsheet. Separate tabs are also included with URLs for direct links to:

  • all the e-books included in the Gale Virtual Reference Library EPIC collection
  • all the New Zealand newspapers available in the Australia New Zealand Reference Centre
  • titles included in Bridget Williams Books' Treaty of Waitangi Collection  
  • a range of popular full text magazines available through EPIC.

All you need to do is copy and paste the applicable URL to wherever it is that you want to provide the direct link.

These URLs will enable all staff and students from your school to access the EPIC resources using the School EPIC logins from any web enabled device.

If your school is networked through the N4L Managed Network you will be able to use the URLs to directly access the EPIC resources (without having to use your School EPIC logins) from within the school network.

Search Widgets

Some of the EPIC vendors also provide instructions to set up search widgets. These are search boxes that can be embedded on any web page for users to conduct a search. Go to the EPIC search widget examples for schools page to see working examples of these plus links to instructions on how to set up your own.

Access EPIC catalogue records

  • SCIS subscribers can access EPIC e-resource catalogue records via SCIS, by logging into SCISWeb and going to the Special Orders page. Under Special Collections there is a link to the National Library of New Zealand EPIC resources.
  • Registered schools can access catalogue records for all EPIC resources, plus the individual titles available in both the Treaty of Waitangi Collection and the Gale Virtual Reference Library for free through National Library of New Zealand's Records Manager online cataloguing tool.
  • Bridget Williams Books provide MARC records for download for the individual titles available in the Treaty of Waitangi Collection. To access these, go to: Treaty of Waitangi Collection Dropbox folder

The applicable URLs from the EPIC spreadsheet can then be added to these records to ensure direct access to these resources from your library catalogue.

  • Gale Cengage provide MARC records for download both for the individual Gale Cengage e-resources in the EPIC collection and the ebook titles available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library. These can be accessed from http://support.gale.com/marc using the location ID: per_k12. There is no need to add EPIC URLs to these MARC records as they have already been pre-embedded into the records by Gale Cengage.

Direct linking to content within e-resources

It is also very easy to create direct links to content within EPIC databases.

All you need to do is conduct the search that you want to bookmark or direct link to, then go to the tools menu and use the direct linking tool that is provided to generate a URL. This URL can then be copied and pasted to provide a direct link to your search.

Direct linking tools

The EPIC vendors have different names for their direct linking tools but they all do the same thing - generate a URL to cut & paste. The different names are as follows: 

  • EBSCO (including EPIC Discovery) = Permalink
  • Gale Cengage = Bookmark
  • Britannica = Cite


The above tools should all be used in preference to copying and pasting the URL from the browser as in most cases the URL will contain information that is specific to the session and are likely to not work in the future.

Learn more about setting up access using the direct linking tools (PDF 2MB)

Direct linking examples

The following are some examples of how direct links can be used:

Subject guide examples

Topic guide examples

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) titles

Download this spreadsheet for a full title list and direct links to all of the e-book titles currently available in the GVRL EPIC collection.

New Zealand newspapers - direct links

Popular magazines - direct links