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E-Journal Linking: Main

How to create stable links to online journal articles from a number of library resources.

Why link to e-articles?

Easy online access to more journals. Most publishers now provide electronic access to full text articles, mainly through databases.

The Library subscribes to the best of these databases and provides online access to thousands of scholarly journal titles across the full range of the University's teaching and research disciplines.

Which databases allow linking?

An increasing number of e-journal publishers and licensed aggregators are enabling direct linking to individual articles. The trend among publishers (e.g. ScienceDirect) is to use Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to uniquely identify articles and to facilitate permanent, stable links to them. The DOI is becoming a widely-accepted standard for this purpose.

Some database providers who do not own their own content, but who licence it in from publishers (e.g. EBSCO and JSTOR), have developed their own mechanisms for proving reliable links to articles in their databases.

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