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Faculty Services & Instructional Support: Linking to Electronic Resources

Sharing Electronic Resources

In order to avoid infringing on copyright law, provide links to electronic resources rather than providing PDFs or other documents. If you copy the URL in your address bar, students will most likely be unable to access the article. Instead, you will need to find a permanent link that will lead directly to the page with the document. Depending on the vendor, this link may be called: Permalink, stable link, document URL, bookmark this document, direct link, etc.

The easiest way to link to a library resource is through Summon!/advanced. Find the article or book to which you wish to link. Click on Preview, then Permanent Link. Copy the link. This link takes the student to the Summon interface record, and they can click through to the full text or catalog record.



If you prefer to go directly to the resource, you can find direct links to books by clicking on the Summon record, and in our catalog record that opens, click "Permanent Link"  then copy and paste the url in the browser. For articles in databases that we provide, there is often a direct link provided in the database.

Below are examples of how to access a permanent link through popular database vendors, including EBSCO and ProQuest. Ask a Librarian if you need additional assistance.

JSTOR stable link

In JSTOR, you will need to download the article, then copy the url for the downloaded resource from the browser.



Note that this link should start with


ProQuest Permanent Link

EBSCO Permalink

Gale Bookmark URL