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Services & Spaces

Share Online Resources

Share materials with students by providing them with a citation and a persistent link that students can access from on or off campus.

Create a persistent link

A persistent link ensures that students can access the shared content from on or off campus.

Be sure that you are accessing the database or article through the UNE Library website and that the first part of the URL is “”. This is necessary to ensure that student’s UNE access will be recognized when they follow the link.

Some databases will provide a persistent link for you to copy. Look for the symbol, “persistent link” or “direct link.” If you don’t see a persistent link listed, you can just copy the URL from your browser.

Why this is important

Sharing our licensed online materials as links, rather than copies, is preferable because:

License Restrictions

We contract with vendors to make information resources available. Some vendor licenses specifically prohibit PDF sharing, and we are bound to operate under those licenses. Because it is onerous to track which resources prohibit PDF sharing, we always encourage providing links.

Use Statistics

We continually review cost-per-use statistics for the resources we manage for the UNE community. We must often choose to not renew subscriptions to journals, databases and books with little use. Downloading and sharing a PDF with a class shows one use rather than the many uses that would result from students accessing the article themselves. Without accurate use statistics, we can’t know that a particular resource is needed.

Content Updates

Corrections, retractions, and related materials are typically found at the publication source; a downloaded-and-shared PDF won’t have these available.

Questions & Help

If you have questions on this, or another, topic, contact a librarian for help!