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last updated: 12/3/2013

Permanent Links, Lists and More -- Keep and Share Your Favorites

What Can I Share or Save for Later Use?


Many library electronic resource links can be saved for later use or shared with students and IU Bloomington colleagues through web sites, email or Oncourse.    Electronic books, articles, databases and other materials that were purchased by IU Bloomington are covered by license agreements and cannot be shared with colleagues not affiliated with the IU Bloomington campus.  The URLs for these resources will not work for users who are not affiliated with IU Bloomington.


Links to Course-Related Content in Oncourse:

Instructors using Oncourse have several options to link students directly to course-related resources within Oncourse. 


Instructors may add links to readings and resources directly into their syllabi on Oncourse using the instructions on this page.


The Library Resources Tool by default links the course site to a subject-oriented list of databases and other resources (for example: History Resources for a History course), unless a course guide is requested. Course guides provide instructional materials about the research process and connect students to relevant library resources and services.  They are created by a librarian working with you  to provide your students information and resources to meet class learning objectives and assignments.   Fill out a short online form to request a course guide.


Instructors may also create citation lists inside Oncourse.


Links to Online Articles:


Linking to online articles can be approached in several ways.  The easiest method is to use OneSearch@IU.  Search for article in OneSearch and, if the search is successful, you will see the article you need in the result list.  If you are posting to Oncourse, click the link to "Import into Oncourse" and follow the instructions in the Knowledge Base.   To save the link to another location, click on the title of the article.  You will see a list of options on the right.  Click the Permalink option, which will create a box above the article title in the center of the screen.  Copy and paste this permalink to link to this article.


If you are linking resources from ProQuest (such as ABI/Inform Complete or PsycInfo) which are not included in OneSearch, search for your article.  When you find it in the Result list, click on the link to Citation/Abstract.  Look for the label Document URL in the full citation for the article. Copy and paste this URL into your site.


For articles in other sources, this process can be more difficult.  Look for an IU-Link button or link and click on it.  When the article displays, look at the URL in the address bar.  If it begins with kg6ekcq2b, copy and paste this URL into your listing.  Example

Links to Electronic Books:

  • The most reliable way to make a link to an electronic book is to link to the IUCAT record.  Search for the book title in IUCAT.
  • Find the record that includes a URL. Look at the record description. The URL is labeled.
  • Make certain the URL is for the full text of the book and not for a table or contents, a review or other partial document. Information in angle brackets < > will often provide a clue.
  • Only records containing URLs that begin with [Bloomington] or list no campus in front of the URL should be selected. Only these are available to users on the Bloomington campus.
  • Copy and paste the URL you find in the address bar of your browser.  Example

Books24x7: Because of special licensing requirements from Books24x7, all users, on-campus and off-campus must log on to use a title. 

Questions about adding links? Contact

Links to Journal Indexes, Full-text Resources, and Library Databases:


To link to a specific database, use a specially formulated URL to provide reliable access both on and off campus. To determine the unique URL for a particular resource:

  • Start at the IUB Libraries' Resource Gateway
  • Use the Resources A-Z or Resources by Subject to find the resource you need
  • Each resource listing includes “To Link to This Resource Use” followed by a URL.
  • Copy and paste the URL into your own page.

Links to Full-text Electronic Journals:

Proprietary restrictions often limit the possibilities for linking to an entire journal title, so we suggest finding the appropriate URL through the record in IUCAT.

  • Go to IUCAT.
  • Type the title of the journal in the search box and click the check box for Online Only.  If there are too many results, use the Format limit on the left side of the result screen to limit to Journal/Periodical.
  • Locate the copy that is available to either Bloomington users or to all users through the Online Library.
  • Click on the title to go to the full record description.
  • Copy the URL that begins with Bloomington.  Do not include [Bloomington] in what is copied. Paste it on the appropriate site. This URL will allow users connecting from off-campus to log in and access the journal.

Alternatively, you may link to the Online Full-Text Journals search site. Students can type in the journal title they need and find all of the places where this journal is available, or type in a citation and find the article if it is available online.

Additional Information and Help:


Linking to Library Resources: Information for downloading resources to Courseload or Oncourse.

Ask a Librarian: Email, Web-based chat, and phone assistance


last updated: 12/3/2013