Common Question: Why is it better to link than to just load up an article PDF?
It is advisable to make links (rather than copies) wherever possible.
Hutchins Library subscribes to a large number of subscription databases; you can find our list of electronic resources at this link: http://libraryguides.berea.edu/electronicaz. Our agreements with the resource vendors allow use of licensed material for research, instruction, and educational purposes. Commercial use of licensed material is not allowed under the terms of our database licences. Generally the licence terms allow you to print or download a copy of an article for yourself and to post persistent links to journal articles from a course website, like Moodle.
Common Question: Are there any other reasons to link instead of loading an article?
Yes. When you link to the article, your students may have access to additional features from the database not offered by a PDF. For example:
Some databases, like EBSCO databases, provide audio recording of an article. The recording will read the full article. This may be useful to visually impaired students as well as students with learning styles that may favor an audio of text.
Some databases provide options to translate an article into other languages.
When you link, for many articles, the students will still have access to the PDF.