Answered By: Chris Chan
Last Updated: Jul 03, 2018     Views: 4

As a faculty member, you will often want to direct your students to e-resources in the Library collection, often via your Moodle course site. To avoid copyright issues, it is best to provide your students with a link. Do not download PDFs and upload them to Moodle.

URLs that you copy and paste form your browser may not be stable. It is better to use the digital object identifier (DOI) or permanent URL provided by the database.

You will also need to ensure that your links will work even if they are accessed from off-campus. Ensure that any links you provide includes the following elements so that it directs students through the Library's authentication system:
Below are detailed guidelines to creating stable links to e-resources:

1. Linking to full text e-journal articles

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

Most articles published in recent years are provided with a DOI, which is a unique identifier. It can usually be found in the publication information provided in the article record or in the article itself:

By combining the DOI with the prefix below, you can create a stable link to the article. If the Library has a subscription to the journal, students will be able to download the full text.

Permanent URLs

Some databases will provide stable/permanent URLs to journal articles. If necessary, add the necessary information to enable off-campus access. In the example below from JSTOR, the database has automatically added the necessary elements:

2. Linking to Library e-books

The Library's OneSearch system provides a permalink for all books in the collection. Note that you do not need to make any changes to the URL for it to work off campus: