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Waidner-Spahr Library

Linking to Library Resources: Introduction

This guide covers how to link to search results, catalog records, e-books, and other electronic resources in the Library's collections.

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Introduction to Linking

This guide explains how to link directly to library resources, including articles, e-books/chapters, and videos. Simply copying the URL from your browser's address field will usually not work, but many databases and other e-resources have functions for creating and sharing stable URLs or "permalinks."

Linking is Better than Scanning

Using links to the library's electronic resources in, say, your syllabi or Moodle sites is easier than scanning or downloading documents, and then printing them out or re-uploading them to Moodle. Creating new copies of licensed e-resources for sharing may also violate copyright or license terms. Links also help the Library know which e-resources are being used.  For additional information see the Moodle Best Practices guide.

Not every e-resource is covered in this guide, of course. But many resources have similar terms or interface features, and so learning one may help you use others not covered here.

Other Sources for Help

If you have an electronic resource you would like to link to, but are having trouble making the links work, please Ask a Librarian for help. It may not be possible to link to every resource, but librarians can help you link to many, and to figure out the best alternative if direct links are unavailable.

In addition, resources may have their own help pages, where you can learn if permalinks are available, and if so, how to access them.