How to Create Links to Library Resources

These directions will allow students or colleagues to access links to library resources from on or off-campus.

Linking To Entire Books, Journals, Or Databases

Links in the library catalog and elsewhere on the library site are already set up.

  1. Do a title search in the library catalog
  2. Copy the URL associated with the title in the Electronic Access section of the catalog record

Note: links from our E Journals @ TuftsDatabase Finder @ Tufts and Research Guides are also already set up.

Linking To Journal Articles And Book Chapters:

  1. Find a permanent URL for your resource
  2. Add this URL to the front of it:
  3. The resulting URL is a link you can use in Trunk or anywhere else you'd use a link

Procedure For Publishers Who Use Digital Object Identifiers (DOI)

DOI is a standard format for permanent URLs which is increasingly popular in the sciences and social sciences. Many publishers provide their permanent links in this form. It adds one extra step to the process.

  1. Find the DOI. Most DOIs look something like this: 
  2. Add the DOI to the end of this URL:
  3. Copy the combined URL:

Note: some vendors (like ScienceDirect) do all or part of this work for you. Check to see that the URL they're offering looks like step 3. If it doesn't, add what's needed.