Here are a few things to consider when deciding between creating your own links (DIY) and using the library linking service.
- How much time do you have?
It is usually best to submit your reading list for the linking service a few weeks prior to the start of the semester. This will give the library time to process your request and ensure that everything is in place for the start of the semester. If you prefer to pull your list together closer to the start of the semester, you may consider creating your own links to ensure students will have access to the material by the date needed.
- How often do you plan to modify the list?
If you intend to make changes to your reading list as the semester progresses, you may find creating your own links is the best method. Because you create the links, you can easily make changes to your course reading list at your own convenience. While you can submit changes to readings during the semester, remember you will have to allow for processing time.
- Do you have a mix of print and electronically available materials on your list? The Library's linking service will create a list of your course materials in BobCat. This allows you to integrate links to materials we license online with the print materials you've selected for your course, whether owned by the library or your own personal copies.
Of course, sometimes the best solution is a mix of the two methods. Use the linking service for the majority of your readings and then make your own links for additional readings, or readings you need to make available last-minute.