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Linking to Articles

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You can create a link to many (though not all) of the articles available through Library databases and e-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). Below are just two examples of how to create links using a persistent link or DOI.

 

Using 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 persistent link:

Example link to article in database

NOTE: 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 already include this prefix, you can easily just add it to the front of the link.

The BC proxy server prefix is http://proxy.bc.edu/login?url=

 

Using a DOI:

Some databases use a digital object identifier (DOI) to allow linking to articles.

Example link using a DOI:

1. In order for your students to be able to access the articles from off campus, the link needs to include the prefix for the Libraries' proxy server. Copy and paste BC proxy server prefix: http://proxy.bc.edu/login?url=

2. Then, to use the DOI as a link, it must be preceded by: http://dx.doi.org/

3. Using the example DOI above, the FULL link would be:
http://proxy.bc.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/651448