Permanent links from Library Resources: Library Search

STAFF GUIDE

When to link to the Library Search

ONLY link to resources in the Library Search as a last resort.

To avoid students running into 'dead ends' it is advisable to only link to journal articles in the Library Search where there is a PDF available under the 'Access now' drop-down menu.

Screenshot of Library Search Example showing a PDF available under 'Access Now'

If 'Full Text Finder' is the only option displayed under 'Access now', it is better to use a permanent link found in the relevant database, rather than the Library Search.

Screenshot of journal article result in Library Search where the only option under Access Now is Find Full Text

Permanent links in Library Search

Best practice is always to link directly to a resource in its specific database (including EBSCOhost databases), do NOT link to Library Search (EDS) records unless there is no other option.

Screenshot of VU Library Search showing a search for "time travel" in "All Resources"

  • Identify the required resource and click on the hyperlinked title to view the complete record.

Screenshot of results in list in VU Library Search showing the hyperlinked title that takes you to the detailed view

  • Click on the Share symbol at the top right of the detailed view to open the 'Share' dialogue box.

Screenshot of the detailed view of an item in the VU Library Search, highlighting the share icon - shaped like a a curled arrow -at the top right.

  • In the 'Share' dialogue box, ensure 'Share' is highlighted [1], then select create link [2], and then 'Copy to clipboard' [3]. This link is now ready to be pasted as needed.

Screenshot of Share dialogue box highlighting the Share option, Create Link, and Copy to Clipboard options.