Online education means that you may want to share more resources than usual. In this article we explain the correct ways to hyperlink to online resources in educational material.
Use hyperlinks when possible
University policy requires instructors to provide publications as a hyperlink and not as a PDF on the LMS. Using a hyperlink is always allowed and free of charge.
What kinds of links should I use?
- Links to a legal website
As a teacher, you cannot promote the use of illegal copies. Illegal copies are hard to recognize though, so at least refrain from the obvious ones on pirate sites.
- Stable links, such as DOI links
URLs on a publisher’s website tend to change regularly. A DOI link follows these changes and redirects mostly to the right URL. Not having to repair broken links every year will save you time.
- EZproxy links
An EZproxy link guarantees easy off-campus access to library sources, because it prompts students to log in. Using this link is not only a kind gesture to your students, but also lowers a hurdle for students to come to class prepared. It is recommended to use Ezproxy in combination with a DOI link for stability.
How do I create a DOI link?
A DOI link consists of two components:
http://doi.org/ + a DOI (e.g. 10.1038/nature12251) = http://doi.org/10.1038/nature12251
The DOI or DOI link can usually be found on the first page of a journal article or an e-book chapter, on a publisher’s website, or in the record of a publication in a database like Scopus.
How do I create an EZproxy link?
To create an EZproxy link, you have to add the following URL in front of a normal URL: http://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/rduser/ezproxy?url=
A full EZproxylink will look like this:
What if linking to an article isn't possible?
Although the Library subscribes to a large number of e-journals, not all journals are covered. If the Library does not have a subscription to a
journal, you may use a PDF on your LMS or in your reader. However, to keep the annual fee low, consider if you really need the paper or if you can find another paper which is just as good. You may use without permission up to a maximum of 50 pages and not more than 25% of a complete book or journal issue. Please contact the Library if you have essential content for students and need to exceed these maximum levels.
What if linking to a book isn't possible?
The Library increasingly offers e-books. However, most textbooks are available only as printed books. This can be a problem if you just want to use one or two chapters of the book. Contact the Library first, to find out if options for online access exist. You may use without permission up to a maximum of 50 pages and not more than 25% of a complete book or journal issue. Please contact the Library if you have essential content for students and need to exceed these maximum levels.
Easy off-campus access Library resources
It's furthermore important to emphasize to students that off-campus access to licensed journals, e-books or databases is provided. They can log in to My Library, use the Library Access browser extension or the Off-campus access button. See our website.
We can support you creating these hyperlinks. We may be able to take some of the work off your hands in these hectic times. Please mail to Nicolien Schmaal (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Servicedesk (email@example.com). You can also use our LiveChat on the right side of this page..