how to link

(partially taken from the University Library Leiden, with their kind permission)

Help when creating links to the material in the Digital Library, for an electronic reader in Blackboard for example.

You link to a full text article or a complete book. If you only need a small extract as reader text you must indicate in Blackboard which extracts you intend to use.

Many of the articles and e-books in the digital library are not available to the general public. The links to these are therefore only available to University of Twente students and employees from the campus or via VPN outside the campus.



Via DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and SFX forms

Via SFX form

Links to a publicaton from the UT Repository


NB. The methods described below are not applicable to chapters or extracts from e-books, you cannot make direct links to these (see above)

When you locate an e-book in the Twente University Library catalogue you will see the link to the books full text. You can often copy this link and use it in Blackboard.

Sometimes the e-books publisher will alter the link and it will not point to the desired book unless you make the link from the catalogue screen (check this!)

In such cases you are restricted in Blackboard to give the details that allow students to access the book in the Library catalogue themselves. For example, by placing the e-books ISBN (to be found in the catalogues screen) in Blackboard with the instruction that student must access the e-book in the Library catalogue themselves.


Many databases use SFX to link directly to the actual articles on the sites of the journals publishers.

You can make a SFX-link to an article in the Digital Library as follows:


Locate the article in a database (eg. Web of Science or Scopus).


Click the SFX-button next to the required record and go to the full text of the article.
If this does not work, then the Library does not have a subscription for the journal. Linking is in that case not possible. You can however include up to 8000 words from the article in a reader.


Select the option Generate citation & link from the Advanced SFX-menu: A new window opens.


Copy the SFX-link and/or the reference and paste this in Blackboard.

You can change the reference style via the drop down menu.
Using this UT students and employees can click through to the publication. Outside the UT network you need to use VPN when trying to access a non-public article.

Via DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and the SFX-form

In many databases a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is given for each article. This is a unique number assigned to the article. Using this number an article can be easily located. You can access only the full text if you have authorisation, ie. if there is a Library subscription.

You can then enter the DOI in the form ‘SFX Citation Linker’ (see details below).

Some databases provide a direct link via de DOI to the publication. Such links do not always give access to the full text of the publication in all circumstances and we therefore advise you not to use these links. Where possible always use the SFX-link via the Citation Linker (see above).

Via the ‘SFX Citation Linker’ form

You can also generate a SFX-link outside the database. You will need the DOI or the articles exact publication details:


Open the form: SFX Citation Linker.


Fill in the DOI (if you know it) or the articles publication details (journal title, volume, number etc.) and click on GO.

Ensure that the SFX-menu indicates that the articles full text is available! If this is not the case, then the University of Twente may not have a subscription to the journal (or for that particular year). Linking is then not possible. In these cases you can include a short extract of the article in a reader: with a maximum of 8000 words maximum.


Go to the full text of the article.


Copy the www-address of the full text (this is often very long, beginning with ) and paste this as a link in Blackboard. University of Twente students and employees can the click through to the publication. Outside of the UT network, you will need to use VPN if the article is not open to the public.

Linking to a publication in the UT Repository

In this repository you will find publications by University of Twente academics.

You can easily make links to this in the following manner:

Locate the publication in the UT-Repository.

Next to each publications description you will see: ‘link to this item’.

The link (in the form of always points directly to the relevant publications description, usually with a click through to the full text. If the full text has been included in the repository, it is freely available to UT employees and students (on the campus or beyond using VPN).