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Open Educational Resources (OER): Free the Textbook

Information about OER Materials

Tips on Using Online Articles (Free to students because of library subscriptions, but not open)

Using articles from FLITE databases and journals

It's fair use to link students to electronic articles in FLITE's collection. Here are some tips for doing so successfully:

  • Link to articles; don't upload articles

Linking to articles is always fair use. Uploading or distributing copies is fair use only some of the time.

  • Choose a link to the electronic journal subscription when possible.

When the library owns the article, it won't disappear. The articles in aggregator databases, such as ProQuest, fall in the access category; articles from the journal publishers can fall in the own or the access category. It doesn't happen frequently, but access only articles can disappear from our collection. JSTOR articles are an especially stable option.

  • Use a stable link that includes the proxy prefix for access with a Ferris login

When using subscription resources, the web address you see at the top of your browser won't always work again for another user. See FSU Proxy Prefix to the right for tips on how to create stable links.

  • Provide full citation info

If the link doesn't work, the student may be able to find the article if they have full citation info. (And, library staff have something to work with to help them.)

  • Check your links before the semester starts

Check to be sure links are working. It's easier if links can fixed before students panic. A good practice may be to check the links from home to check for off-campus access.

Stable Links to Resources

What is a stable link?

Stable links for library resources are links that can be reused, for example to link to an online article as a course reading.

In many library online resources, the URL (address) that displays in the navigation bar of your web browser is not a stable URL.  There are two potential problems:

  • The URL might be dynamic rather than persistent.  Dynamic URLs include session information that will expire and can't be reused.
  • The URL might not include Ferris's proxy prefix.  The proxy prefix gives off-campus users an opportunity to login and allows the publisher to recognize authorized Ferris users.

FSU Proxy Prefix for e-Books and Articles

Linking to FLITE Articles and e-Book Chapters - Add this link

Please link to articles and e-books rather than scanning or placing a copy on reserve, as this is often a violation of copyright guidelines.

For off-campus access, please add this link before the url of your article or book chapter:


(insert the link without the stars or parentheses)

This link requires all students to login before they can read the e-book chapter or articles.