Linking to a published article or a book

There are three options for linking to published article or books:

  • link to the publisher’s website
  • link to a version in an institutional repository
  • link to a version available via the library.

Let’s take a look at an example: an article Kate wrote with one of her colleagues. Here’s the citation for the article:

Smeaton, K. and Davis, K. (2014). Social technologies in public libraries : exploring best practice. Library Management, 35(3), pp. 224-238.

Publisher’s website

Journals and books usually have an entry on the publisher’s website. For example, here is the entry for the example article on the publisher’s website for the journal.

Institutional repository

Universities usually require to staff to deposit a copy of all their published works in the institutional repository. This article can be found in QUT’s institutional repository, QUT ePrints. If I cited this article in a blog post, I could link to the ePrints record.

Via the library

The third option is to find a permanent URL to an electronic copy of the article or book available via QUT Library. Not sure how to find a permanent URL? Simply find the article or book and look for a document or book URL.

You can’t simply copy the URL from the address bar, as that URL will have session-specific information in it and it will break.

You need to find a version of the URL that doesn’t have session information in it.

Let’s look at the example. When I access the article via ProQuest, I go straight to the full text. But I can click on the Abstract/Details tab to find information about the article


If I scroll down, I can find out all sorts of information about the article, including a URL to access the article:


Either of these two links will work.


  • Karen Parker

    Hi, I’d like to use a contextual link for “Thinking collaboratively: learning in a community of inquiry” from week 2 learning materials in my critical reflection blog but am not sure what URL I should use. From what I can understand here if I use the link in the week 2 materials, it will break because it has session-specific information in it, so I looked for the Abstract/Details tab for a URL but couldn’t find either. Should I be using the Permalink given in the library search result? I feel like I”m missing a piece of a puzzle.

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