Faculty Services

Alfaisal University Library offers research assistance, document delivery, and collection development and access services to all faculty and staff.

E-Resources Services for Faculty

Access may be provided to any material that is already in digital format if it meets any of the following three criteria:

  1. The library has a license to the material and a persistent link to it can be created
  2. The library has a license to the material and the license allows a copy to be made for course reserve and/or use in a course management system
  3. The material is available on the open Web and a link to it can be created
The library provides online access to thousands of journal articles and eBooks. Some of your recommended course readings may be available online via the library to Alfaisal's students.

Create permanent links to online readings

The Library subscribes to many databases that allow linking to full text articles. Instead of using the URL from your browser's address bar, which may quickly expire, you should create a permanent link. This link will provide a stable and permanent URL to a specific journal article, which can be used in online courses, reading lists or bibliographies.

Locate Permanent Link in Article

Find the desired article or journal page and look for a permanent link which may be provided by the publisher.

Look for words such as, "persistent URL", "stable URL"," infomark", "permanlink", "document URL", "durable link", "linking options for this record", or "DOI".

However, not all articles have permanent links. If you are able to locate a DOI or other permanent link, you will need to create a proxied link for off-campus access.

If you can't find a permanent link or are uncertain what link to use, try to create a DOI link.
Create a DOI Link

The most frequently used permanent link is the DOI or Digital Object Identifier and is the preferred method of linking a document because it is platform independent and will never change.

DOI Lookup:

search for your DOI at Free DOI Lookup.
A DOI appears like this: 10.1021/ac0354342
A permanent DOI links appears like this: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ac0354342

If you are able to locate a DOI for your article you will need to proxy the link for off-campus access. For articles with no DOI or permanent link, there is no way of creating a link.

Library Course Reserves

The Library Course Reserve service makes available a special collection of high demand items to support current courses. When available, a link to the digital version of a reading is now preferred over housing the print version of the reading at the Circulation Desk. This will allow for 24/7, multiple user access to the reading. Print-only materials will still be housed at the Circulation Desk, Course Material Reserve Form need to be filled.

Please consult our Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL) page

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