Articles in a Database or Online Journal – How to Create a Link
You can create a link to many of the articles available through Library databases and online journals.
In order to create a link to an article, you need to use a persistent link. These are sometimes called persistent URLs, stable URLs or DOIs (digital object identifiers.)
Use Existing Persistent Links:
Some databases and online journals have persistent links to the article level. You can copy and paste these URLs into your course page.
Example from an EBSCO Database:
CAUTION: In order for your students to be able to access the articles from off campus, the persistent link needs to include the prefix for the Libraries’ proxy server. If the persistent URL does not have this prefix, you can easily just add it to the front of the link. The proxy server prefix is "http://ezproxy.lib.utexas.edu/login?url=".
If you are adding the link to your Blackboard course, use this prefix instead - "http://ezproxy.lib.utexas.edu/login?auth=ezproxy&url=." By doing so, students will be passed directly to the resource without having to log in again with their UT EID.
Example from JSTOR:
Use the Stable URL in JSTOR but add "http://ezproxy.lib.utexas.edu/login?url=" before http://links.jstor.org… or, if you are using the link in a Blackboard course, add "http://ezproxy.lib.utexas.edu/login?auth=ezproxy&url=" before http://links.jstor.org...
Create a Persistent Link:
Not all databases and online journals provide persistent links to the articles contained in them. In these situations, you must create your own persistent link using citation information as follows:
1. Go to the Find an Article from a Citation page.
2. Fill in as much of the citation information as possible.
If the article is available online in another database, you will be taken to that database. Keep in mind that sometimes you will be taken to the article, and other times you will be taken to the journal, volume or issue level, or the search screen for the database. In these cases, you will want to provide your students with instructions on how to find the article from this point.
4. Click on "Other Options for the Resource."
5. You will be taken to the Find It @ UT menu. Click “More Options.”
6. Under How to Cite/Link, click “Save citation information.”
7. This will generate a citation and the persistent URL to use on your course page.
Different online journal and database vendors provide different usage rights. There are 2 ways to find out whether you have the right to use a persistent link on your course page:
1. The A-Z journal title link . When you enter in a journal title, click “Go”, see the result set below, and choose the title that fits best. Then you will see a menu box. A Usage Rights link will appear in this menu box if the rights have been entered in for the title.
2. Use the Find an Article from a Citation form . When you enter in all the data you have and click on “Find it at UT,” you will see a list of results. Most likely the first item on the list is what you want and when you click the link, generally you will be taken directly to the article. But there will be a dark blue frame at the top of the article with text like this example:
You can click on “Other Options for this Resource” and get to a menu box. A Usage Rights link will appear in this menu box if the rights have been entered in for the title.
If you cannot find information about usage rights, please contact Ronda Rowe (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Texas Libraries, for assistance.