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Library Resources and Services for Faculty: Linking Directly to Articles

Linking Directly to Articles: An Overview

The library subscribes to a variety of academic databases, which allows all RTC faculty and students to use works such as academic journal articles, for academic purposes, without worrying about violating copyright law or paying for individual licensing agreements. Using these works in online or face-to-face classrooms is a great option to help provide students with affordable course materials.

To successfully direct students to specific articles/works in library databases, you will need to provide a "persistent" link to the article. These links are also called "permalinks" or "stable URLs." Persistent links are necessary because library subscription databases are only available off campus by logging in with an RTC username and password.

Persistent Links in Action! (Portland State University)

Ready-Made Links

The following vendors/databases already provide you with persistent links to individual articles:

Here is an example of a persistent link: 

  • http://ezproxy.rtc.edu:80/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.rtc.edu/docview/263625400?accountid=1232

If you see a mention of "ezproxy.rtc.edu" in the link, you've got the right link!