Could you please assist me with citations and pdf links to articles on discussion boards?


Could you please assist me with citations and pdf links to articles on discussion boards?
I received the feedback below from a professor. I have two questions: 1) When citing an article, should the link that appears after "retrieved from" take the reader to the article?
2) When posting a pdf link to an article on the discussion board, what could I do differently to ensure it does not take readers to the Brenau Sign-in page even if it says pdf link?
Message from professor:
The URL you provided on Week 4 Article Review does not take the reader to the journal or the article. It takes the reader to the Brenau Sign-in page.
Please contact the Brenau Library for support and post this correction for class members.

Answered By: Emily Thornton
Last Updated: Sep 20, 2019     Views: 0

In strict APA style, the DOI is supposed to look like this: See for details if interested.
This can be a little confusing, since that *takes away* the easy way for your classmates and professors to access your article. If you used the long Brenau permalink, your professor/classmates would be prompted to log in, and they'd immediately see exactly what you saw, including access to the full PDF article if we own it. However, strict APA style wants to *not* have that institution login. Ideally, when you're a published author, people from outside your school are reading your article and clicking your references, so having the Brenau information is just a barrier to them. Example of long Brenau permalink: 
Often, databases incorrectly insert institution-specific information in the DOI link they give you, like We have to go in and manually remove the part. That makes it a nice generic DOI link, in accordance with APA rules.
If you're getting reports that your DOI links in your APA style citations are redirecting to a Brenau library sign-on page, there are two possibilities:
1) There's something happening on the reader's end. Their computer "remembers" that they usually have access through Brenau and is helpfully redirecting them, or they're on a Brenau network, or something like that.
2) You accidentally left the part in the DOI link. Go in and delete that, both in the visible part and the hidden part of the URL. For example, let's say you had an incorrect link in a Word doc. Right-click your link, "Edit Hyperlink," and remove the part. See image.
Side note: ERIC isn't great about listing DOIs in the metadata (the data that Zotero or the citation auto-generator uses to create a citation). It often tells you to use the long Brenau URL, even when a DOI is listed right there on the page! You may have to manually get the DOI information from the section labeled URL, then delete the information. Other databases will list the DOI toward the bottom of the page. See image below.
I know this is a lot. Let me know if anything is unclear!
Emily Thornton
Graduate Instruction Librarian
(770) 531-3165

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