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Linking web materials

Learn how make links to the library's web materials so that they open via the library system even if used remotely.

Why is linking important?

Not only academic skills, but also the ability to use web materials as part of research work or study, are prerequisites for the effective use of web materials. The use of web materials as study material can be improved by clear reference practice and by linking web materials directly to study materials. The student can familiarise himself with high quality materials easily in the university network or remotely a home 24/7.

The linking is effected by the user rights of the materials, remote use and the permanency of the www addresses.

User rights of web materials

The library buys for customers' use web materials of which the use is dictated by user rights (linkki). Web materials subject to charge have been defined to operate only in the university network or with the university’s user accounts. Members of the university can log in to the network with their own user accounts and use the materials from outside the JU’s network.

Remote use

The university offers two ways for remote use.

1.    Remote use offered by the library (Nelli, JYKDOK)

2.    VPN connection (linkki) managed by the Information Management Centre

NB: These instruction        s do not apply to VPN connections.

Permanent links
It is recommended to avoid links copied from the address bar of the browser. They often have session-based settings and may stop working in the course of time. JYKDOK, Nelli and Nelli’s SFX linking service offer means of linking web materials to your study material using permanent and centrally managed links.


  • What you see on your desktop in the university network is not necessarily the same the student sees on his/her desktop at home.
  • DO NOT make a link from the address bar of your browser!
  • A session-based address may become obsolete.
  • The link does not normally work in remote use, and the student will be unable to access the material directly but must search for it again in the library’s web materials.
  • Always make sure that the links to our web materials you handed out also work in remote use, i.e., in your web material, make the links according these instructions.

Recommendation for making links
1.    E-books in JYKDOK
2.    Databases in Nelli
3.    E-journals and E-articles in Nelli’s SFX menu

Links made in this way allow remote use of web materials and are permanent. The library takes care of managing the links for you.

Make links to E-books in JYKDOK
Almost all E-book collections acquired by us can be found in JYKDOK.
Search for the E-book in JYKDOK
Open the interleaf Record View, copy Permanent link to this page at the page bottom and paste it to your material.
E.g. https://jykdok.linneanet.fi/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=1183030

  • First, click the link to open this page in JYKDOK (see picture, 1). Then, open the link that leads to the material (picture, 2).
  • The underlying systems direct the user to remote access where needed.
  • Managing individual links becomes easier when the links management is done centrally in the library.


Make links to databases in Nelli
Search the material in Nelli
A Permanent link to this page is created on almost all Nelli’s page bottoms. When you use this link:

  • The customer is always directed to this page from where he can continue using the material himself.
  • The material can be used both in the university network and in remote use. Nelli directs the user to remote access service where needed.
  • Links management is done centrally at the library, i.e. the teacher does not have to worry about whether the links work or not.
  • The student sees the database description and the possible restrictions of use.

Make a link to page Search in Database

  • Copy Permanent link to this material to your own material.
  • The database description saved in Nelli is shown to the customer.
  • E.g, http://www.nelliportaali.fi/V/?institute=JY&portal=JY&new_lng=fin&func=find-db-4&resource=FIN00880

    Nellin hakusivu

Make a link to page Database List (?)

  • You can copy the Permanent link to this page which is on the page bottom.  The Nelli description is not shown to the student.
  • If the page Database List is not available, use this:
  • E.g. http://www.nelliportaali.fi/V/?institute=JY&portal=JY&new_lng=fin&func=find-db-1-locate&mode=locate&restricted=all&F-WRD=Academic+Search+Elite+


Nellin aineistolista_lyhyt

Make a link in Database List. Nelli is not shown
On the page Database List, an Actions menu appears when the cursor is held on the Database Name

  • Nellin toimintosarake



  • The Actions menu (which by default is hidden) allows you to create a permanent link to your material that also works in a remote connection and takes the customer directly to the material without showing Nelli.

E.g. http://www.nelliportaali.fi/link/FIN00880

  • To see Actions menu:
  1. Move the mouse cursor on the Database Name.
  2. Click Actions menu which is now visible.
  3. In the menu, copy Persistent link to the database
  • When the customer uses this link, he is always directed to this particular page listing the databases and can go on using the material.
  • The link works both in the university network and in a remote connection. Nelli directs the customer to the remote use service if needed.
  • Managing the links is done centrally at the library.

The customer does not see the database description in Nelli.

Link E-journals and E-articles in SFX menu
Search the journal in Nelli’s Find e-journal

  1. Search the journal in Nelli’s Find e-journal.
  2. Click the red SFX icon.Lehtivalinta
  3. Click the link Linkki tälle sivulle lyhytlinkkipalvelussa


SFX-valikon kuva

    Copy the lower URL link Short URL for sharing with other organizations. Paste it to your material.  Eg.: http://bib.fi/GLFqBA/global

  1. SFX-linkki
  • It is recommended to use the link Short URL for sharing with other organizations, if the material is used by students who are not members of our university.  The link directs these users to their own universities’ or vocational high schools’ SFX menus (Nelli) where the student can check whether he has access to this material in his own organization.
  • The upper Short URL only works for JU students in the university network or with user accounts.

Link articles in SFX menu

  1. Search the article with Nelli search tools.


  2. Click the red SFX icon.
  3. Click the link Linkki tälle sivulle lyhytlinkkipalvelussa (as in journal search).
  4. Copy the lower URL link Short URL for sharing with other organizations. Paste it to your material.
    E.g. http://bib.fi/GKxNtg/global



    If you have any problems, please contact the library (linkki).

    • Links cannot be made in all Nelli pages.
    • You find an article in a database’s own interface. How can I make a link to it?
      • Some databases offer you persistent links, but the library cannot guarantee that they work, e.g. when changes take place in the database.
      • As some databases support the SFX service of JU,   it is recommended to try to find the links primarily in Nelli.
      • The linking techniques described here are best applied to linking web material acquired by the library in the university’s internal use.
      • NB! When links are used in the university’s external communication, the customer is required to have either the user account of JU or an account of another university belonging to the HAKA federation. In the latter case, the material must also belong to the collections of the library in question. If the user does not have the accounts, or the material has not been acquired in the above-mentioned organizations’ collections, the customer cannot use the direct link to read the article contents or acquire the material by himself.

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