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Using Library Materials in Class

Linking to Library Materials on Moodle

All electronic library materials are available for classroom use, with the exception of articles from Harvard Business Review. If there are materials that you would like included in a print course pack, please contact your liaison librarian to verify the rights.

When making library materials available to your class, please link out to the individual resources using permalinks, rather than uploading files to Moodle. This helps the library keep better track of our usage statistics.

What is a Permalink?

A permalink is a web address that will consistently point to a specific information source such as an ebook, an article, a record in the catalog, a video, or a database. 

A permalink may also be referred to as a:

  • Bookmark URL
  • Document Link/URL
  • Link
  • Persistent Link/URL
  • Record URL
  • Stable Link/URL

Why Use Permalinks?

We strongly recommend using permalinks instead of uploading articles, ebooks, etc. to Moodle or file sharing because permalinks ensure that you are not in violation of copyright law.

Permalinks allow the library to maintain accurate usage statistics, which ensures that we continue to purchase and renew the resources you need.

Permalinks are a reliable means of sharing search results, bookshelves, and specific resources such as articles and ebooks. Copying and pasting the URL from the address field of a library database page may not take you back to that original page, as those are usually temporary links. Permalinks ensure that the link will take you back to that exact page within a database.

Permalink in EBSCO Databases

The location of the permalink will vary from database to database, but in the EBSCO databases, you can find it in the right column.

screen shot of EBSCO database result with permalink option highlighted

Please note, all links need to include the ONU proxy address - at the beginning of the URL in order to work off campus. All of our databases should include this by default.

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