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Linking to the library's electronic material

We frequently receive questions regarding how to make links to material in the library's electronic collection. Contrary to what you may expect, it is not simply a matter of copy/paste/share. Linking is a matter of accessibility, and how you should link depends entirely on where you want to link from:

Linking from paid-for databases and Google Scholar

The library subscribes to a vast number of scientific databases. If you have found an article in one of these - or in Google Scholar - you can share it with others by linking in the following way:

Linking from paid-for databases:

Even though paid-for databases are highly different in both content and layout, linking is the same, and is called "AUB Link" AUB Link logo

Article link example

Click on AUB Link logo in the relevant record to access the actual article information, and then clik on "Make permalink" in the menu to your right:

Make Permalink example

Copy the link in the window and past it to your curriculum list, bibliography etc. You have now created a link that others can use:

Example of new link

Linking from Google Scholar:

A search result in Google Scholar may look like this:

Linking from Google Scholar

The above yellow marking shows the "AUB Link" in Google Scholar. In Google Scholar "AUB Link" is not an icon, but text! However, the functionality is exactly the same. When you clidk on AUB Link (text), you will get to the article information with the "permalink" option in the menu to your right:

Permalink example

Click on "Make permalink"...

Example of new link

... and copy your "permalink" to your curriculum list, bibliography etc. You have now created a link that others can use.

Linking directly to material

If you have a direct link to e.g. an article, you have to convert the link to ensure that users pass via the university's remote access system. The library's link converter for remote access is quick and easy to use, and once your link has been converted, you can be sure that relevant users can access the material directly.

Why is it so difficult?

Had you expected simply to upload a PDF to Moodle, DropBox, or send it via e-mail, the above may seem somewhat laborious! However, the library is subject to a number of restrictions and system requrirements that do not offer possiblilities for easy linking. Furthermore, there are several good reasons for correct linking:

  • Access: The user will always pass through the university’s access control. This will ensure that e.g. students can access material off campus.
  • Statistics: The library keeps statistical records of the use of online resources. If the user gets hold of the material via uploads in e.g. Moodle, the library will be unable to monitor use. This will impair the library’s annual evaluation of online subscriptions, and may lead to inopportune cancellations. 
  • Copyright: A vast number of publishers do not allow use of material via upload, online compendiums etc. Linking via the library is always the safest choice.


Please feel free to contact the library, if you have questions regarding how to link to material.
Questions regarding:

Copyright and use of material:
Licence and access terms and

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