Linking to UTC Library Materials

At UTC Library, we advocate for professors to use library licensed materials whenever possible in their courses. When you find an electronic resource you’d like to use, we recommend that you link to it in Canvas, rather than download and upload a file.

Why You Should Use a Link:

  • Linking to an article supports the library because every click is counted, ensuring we have an accurate picture of how our resources are being used.
  • Linking to an article reinforces student research skills. We teach library resources to all UTC students, so seeing and using those interfaces on a regular basis helps boost those skills.
  • Linking to an article provides 24/7 availability on and off campus with an internet connection.
  • Linking to an article ensures that you have no copyright issues.

General Tips

After you’ve identified the article(s) that you want to use in your course, locate the correct link to use. In most cases simply cutting and pasting the link from the browser's address bar will not work. Instead, look and see if the resource indicates a specific link to use.

It may be called:

  • Persistent URL
  • Stable URL
  • Permalink
  • Document URL
  • Share
  • "Link to this page"

All of these links should include our “proxy URL,” which directs the user to the UTC login page. Users on and off campus must login to use library electronic resources.

Our proxy URL is: proxy.lib.utc.edu. You should see that proxy somewhere within the correct link.

If you have any problems, contact library@utc.edu for assistance and we’ll help you find the correct link.



Instructions for Specific Resources

Add a Link in UTCLearn (Canvas)

There are two ways you might add a link in UTCLearn (Canvas), either as an item in a module or as a link on a page.

Add an Item to a Module

  1. Once you’ve created a module, click + to add a new item.
  2. Select External URL from the Add drop-down menu.
  3. Paste the URL, give the link a Page Name.

    Please Note: Some links will display nicely without loading in a new tab, others will not. Always review to see that it displayed properly. If not, make sure to check Load in a new tab.

screenshot of window to add link to articles in canvas

Add a Link to a Page

  1. In the page editor, highlight the text you want to hyperlink.
  2. Click Link to URL.
  3. Paste the link and click Insert Link.

    Please Note: All links inserted on pages will automatically open in a new tab.

WYSWYG editor in canvas

How to Test

Always test your links to make sure your students can access the materials without issue.

  1. Open a browser that you don’t use regularly (i.e. one that won’t have any saved passwords, cached history, etc).
  2. Test the link to make sure it takes you to the UTCID and Password login page.
  3. Login and ensure the correct article comes up.
  4. If you are testing more than one link, clear the browsing history (including cache) each time and repeat steps 2 and 3.

Let Us Do It

Do you need some more guidance on this process? Do you want us to test your links for you? Email any inquiries to library@utc.edu.

Update a Link in UTCLearn (Canvas)

There are two places you might need to update a link in UTCLearn (Canvas), either as an item in a module or as a link on a page.

Editing and Updating a Link in a Module

  1. Navigate to the list of all modules.
  2. On the link you’d like to edit, click the three dots to the right side of the link.
  3. A drop down will appear with the option to Edit.
  4. A small box will appear, change out the link and any other details. Click Update.
screenshot of how to update a link in a Canvas module

Editing and Updating a Link on a Page

  1. Navigate to the Page where the link you need to edit is.
  2. Click Edit to open the Page editor.
  3. Click the link you’d like to edit, and then the Insert Link button.
  4. A small box will appear, update the link and click Update Link.
screenshot of how to update a link in a Canvas page

How to Test

Always test your links to make sure your students can access the materials without issue.

  1. Open a browser that you don’t use regularly (i.e. one that won’t have any saved passwords, cached history, etc).
  2. Test the link to make sure it takes you to the UTCID and Password login page.
  3. Login and ensure the correct article comes up.
  4. If you are testing more than one link, clear the browsing history (including cache) each time and repeat steps 2 and 3.

Let Us Do It

Do you need some more guidance on this process? Do you want us to test your links for you? Email any inquiries to library@utc.edu.

Quick Search

Our library’s Quick Search is what we call a “discovery layer,” which allows you to search many of our databases at once, as well as our print and ebook collections. If you find a resource available online via the Quick Search, it will actually live in one of our subscription databases. To avoid any broken links or confusion, your best bet is to follow the View Online links into one of the databases where the resource is available and link from there.

  1. Find an article, ebook, chapter, video, etc. via the Quick Search.
  2. Click on the title for more information.
  3. Under View Online you’ll see blue links to database(s) where you can access the item.
  4. Once you see the full text of the article in the database, link from that platform. Directions for specific databases can be found below.
  5. If you have any problems, contact library@utc.edu for assistance and we’ll help you find the correct link.
quick shot record view with arrows pointing to database links

EBSCO

  1. Click on the article title to see more details and full text.
  2. On the right side of the screen under Tools look for the Permalink button. The link should look something like this: https://proxy.lib.utc.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eih&AN=136107293&site=ehost-live
  3. If you have any problems, contact library@utc.edu for assistance and we’ll help you find the correct link.
EBSCO article screen with persistent url

JSTOR

  1. Click on the article title to see more details and full text.
  2. On left side of screen, beneath the article title and journal information you’ll see a link. The link should look something like this: https://www.jstor.org.proxy.lib.utc.edu/stable/43280932.
  3. If you have any problems, contact library@utc.edu for assistance and we’ll help you find the correct link.
jstor article with stable url

ProQuest

  1. Click on the article title to see more details and full text options.
  2. Click the Abstract/Details tab.
  3. Scroll until you see the Document URL. The link should look something like this: https://proxy.lib.utc.edu/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.proxy.lib.utc.edu/docview/1833752453?accountid=14767.
  4. If you have any problems, contact library@utc.edu for assistance and we’ll help you find the correct link.
proquest article document URL

ProjectMUSE Journals and Ebooks

  1. Click the resource title to view more details and full text options.
  2. When you’re viewing the landing page for the article or book, use the URL in the address bar of your browser. The link should look like something like this: https://muse-jhu-edu.proxy.lib.utc.edu/article/696460
  3. If you have any problems, contact library@utc.edu for assistance and we’ll help you find the correct link.
ProjectMuse link

Pubmed

Articles within Pubmed are not available in full text from Pubmed. Instead, navigate to the article’s full text on one of our database platforms and link from there. Follow these steps:

  1. Find an article on Pubmed.
  2. Click on the title for more information.
  3. Locate the item in a library database using the red Get it @ UTC button on the upper right.
  4. Under View Online you’ll see blue links for database(s) where you can access the item.
  5. Once you see the full text of the article in the database, link from that platform.
  6. If you have any problems, contact library@utc.edu for assistance and we’ll help you find the correct link.
pubmed article get it link and link to database

Sage Research Methods

  1. Click on title of resource to see more details and full text.
  2. For most items, use the DOI URL located under the article title. The link should look something like this: https://dx-doi-org.proxy.lib.utc.edu/10.4135/9789353282493.n8 sage doi link under article
  3. For videos, use the Share link on the upper right of the item detail screen. This link should begin: https://proxy.lib.utc.edu. sage video share link
  4. For material from the Project Planner, click the + Publication Information link to display the DOI URL.
    sage project planner link
  5. Please Note: if the links you find do not include the proxy prefix, navigate to the Sage Research Methods platform from the UTC Library Databases page to login and view the correct links.

  6. If you have any problems, contact library@utc.edu for assistance and we’ll help you find the correct link.

Sage Journals

  1. Click on title of resource to see more details and full text.
  2. Just under the title of the article, look for the DOI URL. The link should look something like this: https://doi-org.proxy.lib.utc.edu/10.1177/2378023117738903
  3. If you have any problems, contact library@utc.edu for assistance and we’ll help you find the correct link.
link to sage journal

ScienceDirect

  1. Click on the article title to see more details and full text options.
  2. When you’re viewing the landing page for the article or book, use the URL in the address bar of your browser. The link should look like something like this: https://www-sciencedirect-com.proxy.lib.utc.edu/science/article/pii/S0006320705003824
  3. Sometimes, ScienceDirect may not have the full text, click the red Get It @ UTC button to find full text.
  4. If you have any problems, contact library@utc.edu for assistance and we’ll help you find the correct link.
ScienceDirect article link

SpringerLink Journals and Ebooks

  1. Click on the article title to see more details and full text options.
  2. When you’re viewing the landing page for the article or book, use the URL in the address bar of your browser. The link should look like something like this: https://link-springer-com.proxy.lib.utc.edu/article/10.1023/A%3A1021919228368
  3. If you have any problems, contact library@utc.edu for assistance and we’ll help you find the correct link.
springerlink article link

Taylor and Francis

  1. Click on the article title to see more details and full text options.
  2. Just under the title of the article, look for the DOI URL. The link should look something like this: https://doi-org.proxy.lib.utc.edu/10.1179/1476830513Y.0000000092
  3. If you have any problems, contact library@utc.edu for assistance and we’ll help you find the correct link.
Taylor and Francis article link

Alexander Street Streaming Media

  1. Click the video title to see more information.
  2. To embed the video in UTC Learn, click the Share button at the top of the screen, and use the Copy Embed Code link. The embed code should look something like this: <iframe src="https://proxy.lib.utc.edu/login?url=https://video.alexanderstreet.com/embed/the-cause" width="640" height="390" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  3. To link to the video, use the URL in the address bar of your browser. The link should look like something like this: https://video-alexanderstreet-com.proxy.lib.utc.edu/watch/the-cause?context=channel:u-s-civil-war-1861-1865
  4. If you have any problems, contact library@utc.edu for assistance and we’ll help you find the correct link.
alexander street link and embed for video

Kanopy Streaming Media

  1. Click the video title to see more information.
  2. To link to or embed the video in UTC Learn, click the Share button below the video.
  3. Click the Share or Embed tab and copy the link. The link should look like something like this: https://utc.kanopy.com/video/helvetica-2

    Please Note: users may be prompted to create a kanopy account when linking to the films. A secondary account is not required to view Kanopy films.

  4. If you have any problems, contact library@utc.edu for assistance and we’ll help you find the correct link.
kanopy links