Linking vs. Posting PDFs
Articles and other materials from library databases are subject to license agreements that specify how database contents may be used. Generally, all database materials can be made available through NYU Classes by linking to the appropriate database. Linking is just as easy as attaching a PDF, but it is a better option for providing access to licensed material while staying within copyright and license terms. For more information, see Copyright: Online Course Sites.
To link to an article, don't grab the browser link. It won't work off campus and is likely to break. Instead, use a permanent link (aka permalink, persistent link, stable link). In some cases you'll need to add the proxy URL to the link. This page shows you how.
There are 5 search tools for finding ebooks. If you don't find your book in one tool, try another:
|Search Tool||Special Feature||Search ebook full text?||Limit on synchronous users?||Limit on downloading & printing?|
|Books & More Tab||Find all subscription instances and choose platform||No, just searches author, title, and other metadata.||Varies per title||Varies per title|
|Summon||Yes||Varies per title||Varies per title|
|Ebook Central||Read, highlight, and annotate within the platform||Yes||Varies per title||Varies per title|
|HathiTrust||Access digitized public domain books||Yes||No||No|
|Individual publisher sites||Yes||Not usually||Not usually|
Using Summon to link to an ebook
Summon searches the full text of our ebook collections.
Using Ebook Central to link to an ebook
Search tip: Use Advanced Search "Author" and "Title" fields to pinpoint the primary text (and avoid a flood of related secondary sources).
Using HathiTrust to link to an ebook
Using individual publishers to link to an ebook
To browse individual publisher platforms such as Brill, Cambridge, Oxford, Routledge, Sage, Springer, Wiley and more, use this Databases A-Z page and limit "Database Type" to "Ebook Collections." You can also limit by publisher.
Note: Textbooks are not abundant in NYU Libraries' collections, but some of our ebook subscriptions include textbook publishers, for example Brill, Cambridge, Ebook Central, Knovel, Oxford, Palgrave, Routledge, Springer, and Wiley.