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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 content at any time and from on or off campus.

From Library Search Results

From your library search results, look for Permalink from the details page you see when you click on a title; it will be located at the bottom of the Tools section on the right-side of the screen. URLs copied from your browser are session-specific and will not work when shared with others.

From a Database or Journal

Be sure that you are accessing the resource through the UNE Library website so that UNE access will be recognized when someone follows the link. Look for permanant link, permalink, or direct link and use this to share the resource. Or, if the URL begins with “” the link can be shared.

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!