Linking to Library Resources

It is possible to create a URL link to any book or journal article etc., available in the library's collections. If you wish to insert such links into a web page, VLE page or a word document etc., you MUST follow the procedure outlined below or the links you create will not work properly or permanently.

Contents

Creating a URL link to the Library record for a Book or Journal (journal title) - print or electronic
Creating a URL link to an E-Journal article (typically a PDF)
Creating a URL link to a Library Database service
Creating a URL link to an Anglia Ruskin Exam Paper (PDF)


Creating a URL link to the Library record for a Book or Journal (journal title) - print or electronic

a) First search and retrieve the item you want to link to from the Library homepage "Search" box (we recommend using the "advanced search" with material type "books" selected) until you can see the item in the results screen, then select the "details" tab.


b) From the links section right click on "Permalink (Right-click, Copy)". Depending on your Internet browser you then need to choose: "Copy Link Location" (Firefox), "Copy link address" (Chrome), "Copy Shortcut" (IE9). You now have the correct URL in your clipboard memory to paste the link, for example in to the VLE.


Creating a URL link to an E-Journal article (typically a PDF)

a) Locate the required article by starting a search from the Library homepage "Search" box (we recommend using the "advanced search" with material type "articles" selected) until you can see the item in the results screen, select the "more services" tab.


b) Scroll down the Full Text Item(s) window, click on Advanced and click "Go" at citation information


c) Highlight and copy (Right Click or CTRL + C) the URL link displayed in the "Capture Citation" window from "http" onwards...You now have the correct URL in your clipboard memory to paste the link.


d) To use the copied URL in a Word Document see the Appendix - Embedding Links. Please note that very long URLs may not work well from MS Word documents. Some versions of Word appear to restrict the length of links. In this case use a link hosting services such as Bit.ly or TinyURL to swap your long link URL for a shorter one.


Creating a URL link to a Library Database service

a) First search and retrieve the item you want to link to using the Library homepage "Search" box, it may help to restrict results to "Online Databases".


b) When you can see the item you want in the results screen, then select the "details" tab:


From the links section, two options are available:
(i) to create a link to the database:
Right click on "Click here for Access" then depending upon your browser you then need to choose: "Copy Link Location" (Firefox), "Copy link address" (Chrome) or "Copy Shortcut" (IE9).
(ii) to create a link to this search result:
Right click on "Permalink (Right-click, Copy)". Depending upon your Internet browser you then need to choose: "Copy Link Location" (Firefox), "Copy link address" (Chrome), "Copy Shortcut" (IE9).
You now have the correct URL in your clipboard memory to paste, for example, in to the VLE.


Creating a URL link to an Anglia Ruskin Exam Paper (PDF)

a) From the Library homepage top navigation go to Search our Collections-> Exam papers.


b) Search for and locate the required paper


c) Click "view online". Please note: you may be asked for your University login.


d) When the paper is visible in the browser copy the link from the browser location bar.

e) Copy the web address into your document.


APPENDIX - Embedding Links

This Guide cannot give complete advice on embedding the links derived above in various applications: websites, VLEs and in other contexts as the means to do this varies.

a) On a website in HTML code a basic link is created on the following pattern: <a href="link here">Linked text</a>

b) In MS Word link creation proceeds as follows:

To create a link to a URL in a word document - Type in the text and highlight the text.
Click on the www link symbol in the tool bar or Insert - Hyperlink from the menu.
Paste the URL from your clipboard into the Address box at the bottom and click OK

Please note that very long URLs may not work well from MS Word documents. Some version of Word appear to restrict the length of links. In this case use a link hosting services such as Bit.ly or TinyURL to swap your long link URL for a shorter one. Very simple to do.

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