Guidelines for creating direct links to library resources

These guidelines will step you through the process of constructing direct links also known as persistent links, to journal articles and books licensed by the UA Libraries and Health Sciences Library for placement in D2L, ArizonaMed or other courseware. Instead of saving, uploading and storing a PDF copy of an article, you can create a stable URL that will link directly to the article in the licensed journal. This ensures compliance with U.S. Copyright Law, which governs the making and distribution of copies of copyrighted works. 

Step 1

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Step 1

Locate the full text of the article you want. The library has a number of tools on the Health Sciences Library website that will allow you to do this, including:

  • PubMed: Single Citation Matcher is a feature that allows you to enter just a few parts of the bibliographic citation, such as first author and first page of the article, to retrieve the record with links to the full text of the article.

  • OVIDSP: Provides a similar feature called “Find Citation.”

  • CINAHL (Ebsco): Search using author and words in title. Record will link to fulltext. 

  • E-Journals search: Go to the journals page and type in the title of the journal. Results will generally link you to the homepage of the journal. Find the archives and browse using the year, issue and table of contents to locate the article.

  • Library catalog: Search for the journal title. Results will generally link you to the homepage of the journal. Find the archives and browse using the year, issue and table of contents to locate the article.

 

Step 2

Once you locate the full text of the article, you'll notice that publishers use different ways to construct the direct link.

  • Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • DOI System provides a framework for persistent identification of journal articles so you don’t have to worry that if the information changes about the article, including the location, you can always find it.

  • Several publishers use DOI. You can usually find it when you open up the fulltext of the article along with the bibliographic citation. A sample DOI looks like: 10.1176/appi.ajp.163.9.1611

  • Copy & paste the DOI into the Direct Link Generator (1st box) to create the direct link.

Important!  Some journal articles have DOI locations provided by their publishers, but the library may only have access to the journals through an aggregator, such as Ovid or Ebsco. If access to the title is through an aggregator, it's important to follow the guidelines for the aggregator; otherwise, you will be linking to the publisher's site where the library has no subscription and the user may be prompted to purchase the article. 

Ovid journals
  • Ovid journals, such as the LWW collection, are constructed by clicking on "Ovid Full Text" (not PDF Full Text) and then clicking on “Email Jumpstart.” Copy the URL from the window that pops up.

  • An example is:  http://ovidsp.ovid.com/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS&NEWS=N&PAGE=fulltext&AN=00019442-200108000-00006&LSLINK=80&D=ovft

  • Copy & paste the URL into the Direct Link Generator (2nd box) to create the direct link.

Important! The PDF of the article may show a DOI location, but if the library has access through Ovid, follow the procedures for Ovid. 

Ebsco journals
  • Open up the article and copy the URL where it says: “Persistent link to this record.” 

  • There is no need to use the Direct Link Generator--the URL is complete. 

Important! The PDF of the article may show a DOI location, but if the library has access through Ebscohost, follow the procedures for Ebscohost. 

Other publishers
eBooks
  • To link to an eBook in the collection, create the link to the catalog record, rather than to the eBook itself: 

  • Do a search in the library catalog and bring up the full record

  • Copy the URL for the "permanent link for this record" that appears at the end each record.

  • The url should look like: http://sabio.library.arizona.edu:80/record=b6395233~S9

  • Copy & paste the URL into the Direct Link Generator (2nd box) to create the direct link.

  • When placed in D2L, students may need to authenticate, but it assures that if the url of the fulltext changes, there will still be access. 

Step 3

Place the direct links into your courseware. Test your links! 

  • For assistance, contact reserves or contact the information desk at 520-626-6125.

 

 
Last updated Jun 1, 2016 by cameronwiles