Linking & Copyright - Teaching Support - Library - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Linking & Copyright

Linking to Library Resources

Journals | eBooks | Databases | Library catalogue records | Scanned course readings | Streaming audio | Online video

This Guide gives instructions for creating stable links to Library information resources (e.g. for Learn). Stable links are important because they

  • ensure we meet our copyright obligations
  • enable students to access resources easily
  • are stable (permanent or durable)
  • let us count usage statistics (so we know at budget time what resources not to cancel!)


Journal articles - either with DOI or specific URL

Database providers provide persistent URLs using a number of different methods, including DOIs (Digital Object Identifier) or specifically formatted document URLs. You can easily create a durable link for an article by copying-and-pasting the DOI or URL provided by the database into the box below.

Note that the article URL could be anywhere within the article and may be referred to as Document URL, Permanent link, Permalink, Persistent URL or stable URL, etc.

Insert copied url/doi
Modified stable link

Paste the modified link to your web address or Learn.

Journals from specific databases
E-Linking Training Module
Copyright quick guide



Open the record for the eBook in the Library catalogue and then copy the link "Connect to electronic resource" (right-click on this link and select "Copy Link Location" or "Copy Shortcut").

eBooks chapters from some vendors


  1. From the library home-page click the link to Databases
  2. Use the A-Z list to find the database to which you want to link
  3. Right click on the database name and select "Copy Link Location" or "Copy Shortcut"

Library catalogue records

Use the "Create stable links to records in the Library Catalogue" web form to make a link either to a recommended text or to a list of search results. The user will then be able to see the full library record, including the latest availability status and where to borrow from.

Scanned print resources

Scanned readings from print books and journals must be submitted via the Course Material resource in Learn (see the E-Linking Training Module for more information). Full bibliographic details must be supplied. Fill in one form for each reading.

Streaming audio

Online video

  1. Log into
  2. Find the programme in eTV.
  3. In this case, you do need to copy the URL from the URL bar at the top of your browser. For eTV this will work.
  1. Find the YouTube item.
  2. In this case, you do need to copy the URL from the URL bar at the top of your browser. For YouTube this will work.


For help with integrating library resources into Learn, contact your Subject Librarian.


Complying with copyright law is the responsibility of every student and staff member as both students and staff are creators and users of copyright material. There is considerable confusion over copyright, especially in educational contexts such as ours, where it is often assumed that ‘because it’s for education, it’s OK’.

Photocopying and scanning conditions

The following conditions must be observed when copying material.

Information about copyright

The following resources on the university’s Copyright site offer useful copyright information on areas of relevance to both staff and students.