Creating Links to Articles in Databases - Science Direct

As a faculty member, you might have the need to provide a link for your students, through email or Blackboard, to an article in one of the library's subscription databases. Since the databases are not open access and require authentication to use, you must supply not only the link to the article but must also add a prefix to the link. This prefix allows access to the article either on or off campus* (see copyright note below)

The prefix you must use is:

The first example below is for an article in the Science Direct database. Other instructions are available for JSTORProQuest, Science Direct and Project Muse.


To put it all together, take the persistent link you copied from the above record:

Add the prefix:

The resulting link will be:

This link will allow students to access the article directly from on or off campus.

*Copyright Note: A link must be used instead of copying the PDF file into Blackboard or email. There is no copyright concern since we do have a license to use the databases by linking.

Questions? Call the Library Reference Desk at 502.272.8317