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Connect Students with Library Resources

We encourage faculty to share materials with students by providing them with a citation and link, rather than PDFs, for the following reasons:

Reasons to “Think Link”


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.


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.


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.

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.


Some databases require additional steps to create a persistent link. This list is not exhaustive. If you have any questions or experience any difficulties creating links for your students, please contact Stew MacLehose, Digital Services & Systems Librarian.

Books@Ovid & Journals@Ovid
Click on the “Email Jumpstart” link on the upper right side of the screen. Copy the link at the top of the screen under the statement “Your Jumpstart URL is.”

Scroll to the end of the section to which you would like to link, click on “Show/Hide Bibliography.” Copy the link under “Electronic Address.” Add the prefix: “” to the URL so that students from off campus may access.