If you want to link directly to an e-book or online journal article in a course, you must follow two steps::
Step 1: Many of our online databases, like Project Muse, JSTOR, PsycINFO/PsycARTICLES, and CREDO Reference, create "stable" URLs for each of their resources. This means that in these databases, you can simply copy and paste the address from the URL bar at the top of the screen.
However, in other databases, you may see a Permalink or Persistent URL provided. (See examples from EBSCOhost and the ACLS Humanities E-Book Collection at right.) If you do, use this URL to make certain that you are linking directly to the resource.
Step 2: Once you have a link to the book and article, you need to add information that will ensure students pass through the Library's proxy server when they click it. This is extremely important, because passing through the proxy server gives students the opportunity to enter their Rosemont email address and password, to prove they are authorized to access Rosemont's resources. If you simply provide the link without the proxy server information, students won't be able to view the resource from off-campus.
You can use the simple tool below to convert any permalink to a book or article into one that passes through the proxy server. Paste the permalink into the box marked "URL to be proxied," click Create Proxied URL, and a new URL will appear in the box marked "Proxied URL." Copy and paste this new URL for use in your course.
NOTE:The new URL that appears may wrap onto multiple lines! If the URL seems to cut off at the end, check to see whether there's more text hidden below.
Permalink on EBSCO
Permalink on ACLS Humanities E-Books
Another option for sharing articles from the Library with your class is to save a copy of the resource to your computer, and upload it to the course. If you choose to use this method, however, please see the following copyright section.
We also advise against sharing full e-books this way, both for copyright reasons and issues of practicality. If you wish to share an e-book from the Library with your class, please follow the instructions for linking to a resource above.
You can save a full-text article in one of two ways:
Saving as a PDF is generally the easier way. Locate the article you want, click the PDF Full Text option, and open the article PDF. You can then hover your mouse near the bottom of the screen to bring up this toolbar:
Click the floppy disk icon to save the PDF to your computer.
If PDF full text is not available, however, you can save as HTML. To do so, first open the full-text article as a web page. Then you can either select Save As from the File menu, or right-click on the text and select Save As. You can save the file as either "Web Page, Complete" or "Web Page, HTML only," but if the article includes special features or media, you may wish to choose "Complete" to make sure all elements are saved. In this case, when you upload the file later, you should also include the folder of Web Page Files that saved along with the HTML document.
Whenever possible, linking to Library resources is always best practice, rather than downloading and re-uploading the files. If you must upload a copy of an article to your course, however, please follow these protocols:
These principles also apply to any resources from your personal collection that you may wish to scan and upload to your course. Resources shared with students for educational purposes should follow the guidelines for Fair Use at all times. For more information on how to determine Fair Use, see the Fair Use notice from the United States Copyright Office.
Villanova University's Office of the Vice President and General Counsel also has a Copyright guide available. The guide includes information on the TEACH Act, which has implications for resources in distance learning. If you have questions or need further information on copyright issues, please contact a librarian.
Click here to visit a Copyright Guide for Librarians written by the US Copyright Office at the Library of Congress.