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Creating Durable Links to Library Resources

Instructors can provide durable links to library catalog entries of books, reserves, CDs, DVDs, and videos from their websites, electronic versions of their syllabus, WebCT courses, and emails. Durable links also allow instructors to link directly to full text articles located in one of CCSF Library’s full text databases. This webpage provides brief instructions for creating durable links.

Why use durable links?

Instructors can use durable links to provide students direct access to course readings by creating electronic readings lists via their syllabus, WebCT course, emails, etc. When accessing articles from online databases off campus, students MUST enter their CCSF barcode number when prompted.

Linking to library material in CityCat, the online catalog

  1. Look up the work in the library catalog, CityCat.

  2. Highlight the call number, right click it and scroll to:

    • "Copy Link Location" when using the Mozilla browser or the Netscape Navigator browser.
    • "Copy Shortcut" when using the Internet Explorer browser.

  3. Return to your original document/webpage and highlight the title of the work you wish to link to.

    • In your web editor, click in the Link box and select Edit, then scroll to Paste (or Ctrl V).
    • If you are using Microsoft Word: Select Insert then scroll to Hyperlink. In the box that appears, click in the address box, select Edit, then Paste. The URL will appear, and then click OK.


    An example of the source code looks like this:

    <a href="http://diego.ccsf.edu/search~s1/c?SEARCH=TX353+.C623+2000+">
    Bitter Harvest: A Chef's Perspective on the High Dangers in the Foods We Eat and What We Do about It</a>

    An example of the "link" as it appears on the webpage or Word document:

    Bitter Harvest: A Chef's Perspective on the High Dangers in the Foods We Eat and What We Do about It



Linking to Course Reserves in CityCat, the online catalog
  1. Select RESERVES by course on the main page of CityCat

  2. Search for the title of course (examples: math e; engl 96; chem 101a;  psych)
  1. Select the instructor’s name.
  1. Right-click on the URL from the location box at the top of the browser and select Copy.
  1. Return to your original document/webpage and highlight the text you wish to link (Example: LBR 51 Reserves).

    • In your web editor, click in the Link box and select Edit, scroll to Paste

    • If you are using Microsoft Word: Select Insert then scroll to Hyperlink.  In the box that appears, click in the address box, select Edit, then Paste.  The URL will appear, and then click OK.

 

Linking to Articles in Infotrac Database

You may link directly to articles in any of the Infotrac Database collections. Students accessing these articles from home must simply put in their current CCSF ID barcode number and the article will appear.

  1. From the Library Homepage, select Find Articles: Databases, then Infotrac.

  2. Search and find the full text of the article you intend to link to from your homepage of document.

  3. Once you locate the article, right-click on the URL from the location box at the top of the browser and select Copy. To create adurable link to an article in Infotrac always save the URL at the article page.

  4. Return to your original document/webpage and highlight the text you wish to link.

    • In your web editor, click in the Link box and select Edit, scroll to Paste

    • If you are using Microsoft Word: Select Insert then scroll to Hyperlink.  In the box that appears, click in the address box, select Edit, then Paste.  The URL will appear, and then click OK.

An example of the source code looks like this:

<a href="http://web6.infotrac.galegroup.com/itw/infomark/699/930/80615738w6/purl=rc1_ITOF_
0_A140144292&dyn=4!xrn_3_0_A140
144292?sw_aep=ccsf_main" target="_blank">First Descent: The Story of the Snowboarding Revolution</a>

On the web or on your document, it will appear like this:

First Descent: The Story of the Snowboarding Revolution

 

If you would like further assistance learning to link to library resources, please feel free to contact the following librarians:

James Lim  jlim@ccsf.edu 452-5430
Karen Saginor   ksaginor@ccsf.edu   452-5522
Andrea Niosi   aniosi@ccsf.edu   239-3460

         



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