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Linking to articles, videos, ebooks and more for easy FSU access: Home

Need help creating links to online articles, videos, and more licensed through FSU? This guide provides easy assistance with clear examples.

Don't get a brain freeze, apply ICEE to the link!

Creating links to specific online articles, videos, and more licensed through FSU can seem confusing at times. Every resource is a bit different, some allow more users than others, and you just want to get a useable link to share with your FSU students or FSU colleagues.

It's really as easy as putting ICEE in your drink. Not exactly, but

ICEE = Identify, Copy, Examine, Enhance








  • To create working links, you must
  1. Identify the link (also known as a URL, persistent URL, persistent link, permalink)
  2. Copy the link
  3. Examine the link
  4. Enhance the link (when necessary)
  • The examples demonstrate how to Identify the link in our various resources (see the tabs above).
  • To Copy the link, you usually have options:
    • Move your cursor to the field/box with the link; choose CTL+A (on a PC) to select all of the characters in that box, then choose CTL+C to copy those characters. Mac user? Use ⌘+A to select all and ⌘+C to copy.
    • Some resources may have a copy icon that looks something like this: ❐ -- basically two rectangles stacked. You should be able to click on that icon to copy the link.
  • At this point you should Examine the link to see if it needs to be Enhanced 
    • Copy your link into a text editor program like Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac). 
      • These programs do not add hidden codes to characters -- unlike Word.
    • Examine your link. 
      • Does your link start with https:// and have in it? If so, you should be able to paste that link (using CTL+V or ⌘+V) into an email or into Canvas and other FSU users can access the material. YAY!
      • If your link does NOT have that information, it needs Enhancing.
    • Enhance your link.
      • Does your link have DOI in it or is it all numbers starting with 10? DOI stands for Document Object Identifier, and you'll find it assigned to journal articles, books, and even book chapters. 
        • Add this before the DOI information that starts with 10 and you'll have a working link for FSU users:
        • Now that you've Enhanced your link, you should be able to paste that link (using CTL+V or ⌘+V) into an email or into Canvas and other FSU users can access the material.
      • If your link isn't a DOI (or you're working on the campus internet and the proxy information didn't copy), then you need to add this information before the link:
        • NOTICE: this link must start with https and the next section of the link must start with http (not https). 
        • Now that you've enhanced your link, you should be able to paste that link (using CTL+V or ⌘+V) into an email or into Canvas and other FSU users can access the material.

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