Linking to Resources

Deep linking to OneSearch

This section describes how to create a 'deep link' to a physical item that is in the Library.

  • Firstly, carry out a search for the item in OneSearch
  • When you have found the item you want find and note the 'Source record number' found under the 'Details' tab – in this example 2176206250001221
  • Then copy this URL: http://onesearch.lancs.ac.uk/primo_library/libweb/action/dlDisplay.do?institution=44LAN&vid=LUL_VU1&docId=44LAN_ALMA_DS2176206250001221
  • Add the Source record number in the place marked in bold in the above URL
  • The resulting URL will link back to that item and can be used on any Web page

Linking to a DOI

The DOI (Digital Object Identifier) of a journal article is often given on publisher Websites – here is an example: 10.1016/j.jacceco.2003.10.006. It is a unique number that is supposed to persist should the publisher or Website change (though you may come across DOI links that fail as it isn't a perfect system). You can turn a DOI into a link that will work on or off campus by inserting it into the DOI box below and then using the link generated.

Stable URLs

Some publishers provide permanent or 'stable' links to individual journal articles. Using a DOI number as above is probably best in the long run but this option can work where a DOI does not exist.

This is an example of a stable URL to an article hosted by JSTOR: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40651577. You can turn a stable URL into a link that will work on or off campus by inserting it into the URL box below and then using the link generated.