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How Do I Link to e-Resources?


Step 1 --

Find the most reliable link to the article. In most article databases and e-journals, the best link is the DOI (Digital Object Identifier). If you can't find a DOI, a "Persistent URL" (also called "Article URL", "Durable URL", "Stable URL" etc.) is the second best option. If you can't find either, the URL in your browser's address bar might also work. For Factiva articles, use the document number located at the bottom of the article.

Step 2 --

Paste the DOI, URL, or Factiva document number into the form below & hit "GO". For Factiva articles, select the "Factiva Article" checkbox.

Factiva Article

DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2006.00030.x
Persistent URL: 
 Document #: weup000020020731dy4100008


Step 3 --

After you hit "GO", the fully formatted URL will appear in the dark grey space above; this URL will allow your students to access the article from anywhere (on & off-campus). You may paste this URL into your Avenue2Learn or course Web page.

Step 4 --

Please test all URLs that you include in Avenue2Learn or course Web pages to ensure that they resolve properly, both on and off-campus.


If you have a complete citation but cannot find the article in a database or e-journal, use the Citation Linker to determine whether the article is online or not (enter the complete citation information when using the Citation Linker). If you find the article, click the "Save Citation and URL" for a URL you can copy and paste into your Avenue2Learn/course Web page, etc.