Linking to Library Resources
Create persistent links to library resources that students can access from on or off campus.
Reasons to “Think Link”
We encourage faculty to share materials with students by providing them with a citation and link, rather than PDFs, for the following reasons:
Honor product licensing
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 for faculty to track which resources prohibit PDF sharing, we always encourage providing links.
Teach students how to fish
Students learn how to find reputable sources and navigate research materials when they gain experience. Students lose access to classroom materials after finishing a course, but if they know how to navigate information resources to find reputable sources, it will help them become lifelong learners beyond the classroom.
Help us to help you!
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.
Corrections, retractions, and related materials are typically found at the publication source; a downloaded-and-shared PDF won’t have these available.
Sending students to the source of their readings can be a great opportunity to remind them to cite those sources, and to use UNE’s subscription citation manager RefWorks to help.
Creating Links that Work
If you would like to provide students with articles, e-book chapters or other content from the UNE Libraries’ online resources, you will need to use or create a persistent link. A persistent link ensures that students can access the linked materials whether they are on or off campus.
First, be sure that you are accessing the database or article through the UNE Libraries website. 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 copy the URL from your browser.