The following steps take you through finding an article in a database, specifically Academic Search Complete from EBSCOhost. Directions for other databases vary somewhat, so refer to the Database Specific Tips tab for brief guided help in getting direct links from several others.
Books: Identify whether the Library has an online subscription to the book by searching Research@UWW. There is not a unified list of all the ebooks the library subscribes to, although many are listed there. If you don't find it there, check individual ebook databases such as Ebrary Academic Complete Collection and the other ebook databases the library subscribes too.
Articles: Identify whether the Library has an online subscription to the periodical that contains the desired article, a database that provides full text of the article, or print/microform holdings of the periodical issue containing the article. This is the example below.
The quickest way to do this is using the Journals Search, which will locate all the periodicals the library has online and in print. Type in the periodical title and select the search button. The results show a list of periodicals we have, including dates covered and location for each. Links are provided when the the source is online. The links lead either directly to the desired online journal or to a database. In either case you can then browse or search for the article. Details about using some specific databases are listed on the Specific Database Tips tab. You may read more about locating periodicals in the How to Use the Find It and the Journals Search guide.
If the Library subscribes to what you seek in:
Often you will come to screen that offers a direct link to the article and perhaps associated HTML coding. Copy and paste this into D2L or a webpage, including HTML coding if needed. In the "Content" section of D2L, use the "Insert a Quick Link" feature to easily insert a working link. You do not need to know or use HTML coding when doing this.
In the above journal there is an article titled "The Quest for the Holy Grail or Hunting the Snark? Bridging the Quality-resources Divide on Effectiveness and Efficiency," which was located in the Academic Search Complete database from EBSCOhost®. This direct link to its record https://libproxy.uww.edu:9443/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip,uid&db=a9h&AN=2043966&site=ehost-live&scope=site will take you there.
On the right side you will see the word "Permalink." Click to get the needed direct URL/link, then copy and paste this into D2L or a webpage. It is important to do this, as the link in your browser's address box is session specific, so it will not work later.
To enable off-campus access for UW-W students, faculty and staff, the library's EZProxy® server address < https://libproxy.uww.edu:9443/login?url= > must be included at the front of the URL for each article from one of our proprietary databases or ejournals. This will result in a proxy login prompt for off-campus users requesting their Net-ID and password. It will allow them to access the article from off-campus. Depending on where this link is placed, HTML coding may also need to be added. Sometimes, as in this example, the coding is automatically included.
EZProxy® coding: https://libproxy.uww.edu:9443/login?url=
Is already included: https://libproxy.uww.edu:9443/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip,uid&db=a9h&AN=2043966&site=ehost-live&scope=site
To this: http://goo.gl/GuHDi0
The library recommends including the full article citation to the link for identification of the work. One reason for this is that if the link fails, students will be able to look up the journal themselves using the Journal Search, and from there get to the article you have assigned.
This citation information was presented in the Academic Search Complete database from EBSCOhost®:
The Quest for the Holy Grail or Hunting the Snark? Bridging the quality-resources divide on effectiveness and efficiency. By: Livingstone, George, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, Jun99, Vol. 24, Issue 2, p. 249.
You could use it as is or change it into your preferred citation format.
Because few databases allow links directly to the scanned text of an article (PDF), you will probably need to link to the item's record or HTML version of the text. If this happens, you may wish to add a note to your link suggesting that students read the PDF version of the article, and explain how to open the PDF.
After clicking on this link, please click on the PDF Full Text link to read this article.
If possible, test your link from off-campus before the semester begins.