As a rule, it is not allowed to place the full text of journal articles (in PDF or other formats) on a course website in Canvas. These rules apply to databases subscribed to by LIRU and articles in open access should be handled in the same way.
Students should be referred directly to journal articles in the database which stores them. Therefore a LINK TO THE ARTICLE should be added on a course‘s website in Canvas, which allows the student to retrieve the article from the publisher or vendor.
A good way to locate the database which holds the journal containing the preferred article is by searching the library's journal list and then selecting either A or B as described below.
A: Use DOI (Document Object Identifier)
Many journal articles are allocated a so-called DOI number when they are published electronically. DOI numbers identify articles in the same way that ISBN numbers identify books, and these numbers never change. A DOI number is therefore a kind of ID number for electronic material.
B: Use permanent links when they are available
Many journal collections allocate a permanent URL to their articles. These URLs should be used on the course websites because they do not change.