Linking to Library Resources

How to create links to Library eresources that work off campus, either for course reserves or in MyLearningSpace or other web sites.

To create links to online library resources on web pages or in MyLearningSpace, pick one of the options below. If you try to create links using other methods, the links will not work off campus and may not work at all. If you aren't creating links to library resources and are simply having trouble accessing them, go to Troubleshooting off-campus access problems.

For course readings: using Ares

How it works

Instructors supply the resources, the Library creates the links, and Ares will display in MyLearningSpace with links to the readings. We strongly recommend this option for easy access to student course readings. Items that can be added to Ares include:

  1. Full-text articles, books or other resources available through the Library
  2. Exams, course syllabi, class lecture notes, problem sets
  3. Works in the public domain
  4. Works for which you own copyright or have obtained copyright permission to post online


Creating Links Yourself (Direct Linking)

How it works

You create individual links to online Library resources in MyLearningSpace or another web site.

  • Warning: MyLearningSpace link fields are currently truncating very long links. If one or more of your links do not work properly in MyLearningSpace, you may need to shorten your URLs through a service such as


Link to a database

To link to a database or search tool, direct users to the library's resource page for the database (e.g., Clicking on "connect to resource" will direct people who are off campus to the network login screen.

    Link to Omni/Library catalogue records

    Link to any other library resource, such as journals, articles, books, or multimedia


    If you have questions or need help linking to Library resources, please ask us.