Linking to online resources

Linking to the Library Catalogue and Online Library resources

During the course of your research you may be required to link to the Library Catalogue or to Online Library resources, for example during your bibliography or reference list. Academic staff may also need to link to resources on reading lists, or on Moodle. Follow the guidelines below for best practice to ensure that your links remain accessible to others.

Warning: don’t use the URL from your browser bar!

When you view a resource, the URL you see in your Internet browser URL bar can contain additional data which may only apply to your browsing session. If you copy and paste this link, it may no longer work when opened by another person. In addition, it may prevent students accessing the resource outside of the university campus.

Linking to the catalogue

Linking to the Library Catalogue is quick and easy, and is an ideal way to notify other users of a useful resource.

  1. Search the catalogue
  2. When you have located the item that you would like to link to, choose Details:

  3. You should now see information about the item. Click on the Actions menu and then Permalink:
  4. A permalink will appear. Click on the link to select it, and then copy using the CTRL + C keys on your keyboard. You can now paste the link.

Linking directly to resources using a DOI (Digital Object Identifier)

A Digital Object Identifier is a unique code assigned to a digital object, which can provide a persistent link to online books and journals even if the publisher website changes. If the resource you need has a DOI, you can construct a URL in the following format:

  • Sign In: The first part of the URL will allow UWTSD staff and students to sign in to view the resource via our Online Library login system.
  • Redirect: The second part of the URL will then redirect the user to the DOI homepage.
  • Identify: Finally, add the DOI to the end of the URL to identify the resource.

Make sure not to include any spaces.  The full URL should consist of one long string, e.g.:

Locating the DOI

You can find the DOI for many online journal articles when viewing a record or abstract in one of our online resources.

In EBSCO resources, look for the DOI below the ISSN number in the full record view:

You will need to copy the full DOI, including any punctuation, exactly as it appears on screen into the URL. In the above example the DOI is 10.1007/s11407-010-9084-1

In ProQuest resources, you will need to click on the Abstract / Details tab and then scroll down under Details to locate the DOI:

Notice that here the full URL has been given, including the prefix. When linking to this particular DOI, you only need to add the sign-in prefix to the link:

Warning: check that the DOI takes you to a page you can access

The DOI will usually link to the original publisher version of a journal article. In some cases, such as the ProQuest example above, UWTSD may not subscribe to this version and may only have access to the article through a third-party subscription. Although using the DOI is the best way to link to an article to ensure longevity, always check that the University has access to the article via the DOI URL before including the link in your bibliography or reading list.

If you cannot access the resource using the direct DOI link, you can use a permalink following the next steps below.

Linking directly to resources using a permalink

If you cannot locate a DOI for the resource you need to link to, or the DOI redirects you to another provider who do not provide access to UWTSD, you can usually find a permalink on the resource homepage.

In EBSCO resources, you can find the permalink on the detailed record view for each article under the Tools menu on the right hand side of the page:

Clicking on Permalink will open up a new window with the permalink above the title of the article. Click on the link to copy it to your clipboard. Unlike most other providers, EBSCO permalinks already include the sign-in prefix for UWTSD and so you can use it as it is, without any editing.

In ProQuest resources, you will need to click on the Abstract / Details tab and then scroll down under Details to locate the permalink. This is listed as the Document URL.

Unlike EBSCO, ProQuest and many other providers do not include the prefix needed to direct users to log into the UWTSD Online Library before viewing the article. This can cause the permalink to fail off campus. To make the permalink accessible to off-campus users, prefix the permalink with

Make sure not to include any spaces.  The full URL should consist of one long string, e.g.

Queries or problems

If you experience any problems linking to our Online Library resources or would like further help, please do contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.