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Linking to library resources

Assistance creating links to journal articles and (e-)books.

Linking to articles and e-books is often done by copying the URL from the address bar. Unfortunately, such a url can expire, resulting in an error message when students try to access the item. We therefore recommend creating a stable link using the manual below.

The UBL Link Generator helps to create links directly to a journal or e-book on a publication platform.

Creating a direct link manually:

If you can locate a DOI then create a link by pasting the DOI behind the following url:


For example: Traag, V.A., Waltman, L. & van Eck, N.J. From Louvain to Leiden: guaranteeing well-connected communities. Sci Rep 9, 5233 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-41695-z

Persistent URL
To create a persistent URL access the relevant article on the publisher's publication platform. Look for words such as, “persistent URL”, “stable URL”,” infomark”, “permalink”, "document URL", "durable link". Then paste the posted link behind the following url:


For example: C. Walcott, Pigeon homing: observations, experiments and confusions, in: Journal of Experimental Biology 1996, 199: 21-27, gevonden link:https://jeb.biologists.org/content/199/1/21

From Scholarly Publications
In most Open Access repositories, such as Scholarly Publications, articles are attributed a handle, starting with https://hdl.handle.net/. This handle always leads directly to the publication. For example, the link to "Supplementing the legal bases: the meaning of Section 8:69 of the GALA in the light of article 48 (old) Rv", by R.W.J. Crommelin, is: https://hdl.handle.net/1887/11859.

From images or collection descriptions in Digital Special Collections
Click on Linking to this object.

Linking an item from the catalogue is pretty easy. Just search for the relevant title in the Catalogue and then copy the link under the Permalink tab. 

Articles with no DOI or permanent link can't be linked. However, it is possible to make a link to the journal title in question in the catalogue.

Also, it is not possible to create links to chapters or articles from books. Alternatives are:

  • to create a link to the book in the catalogue

  • to check if the publisher allows posting in Brightspace

  • to make a paper reader (see Copyright for teachers)

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