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24 Linking Material

There are several ways that you can create a link between text, images or other resources:

  1. Within a chapter (called a Page in Pressbooks, i.e., webpage)
  2. Between chapters (or Pages)
  3. From a chapter (or Page) to a website or source outside of Pressbooks

Let’s begin with the simplest method first: linking text from Pressbooks to an external source.

How to link text from Pressbooks to an external source

Begin by identifying the text you want to link and

  • Highlight the text
  • Click on the “paperclip” icon in the tool bar

Link external

When the “Insert/edit link” (paperclip) icon opens,

  • Add the URL for the external source you want to link your text to
  • Click on the Add Link button.
  • Be sure to save (Update) this page.

Note: be sure that your URL includes http:// at the beginning of the address. If the address you’re copying into the URL field already includes http://, make sure the final address does not have two http://‘s.

Link external2

To check your link,

  • Click on the Preview Changes button (in the right-hand side Publish box) or
  • “View Page” (in the red tool bar at the top of the page),

Link external3

  • And click on the link as it appears in Book view (what readers will see).

Link external4

How to link text within a chapter (Page)

To link text to other text or even an image within a chapter or Page, you begin by adding an anchor.

  • First, place your cursor by the text  or image to which you want other text referred to
  • Then click on the anchor icon (in the third line of the tool bar).

Link in chapter

  • Enter a word to describe your anchor (e.g., proofreading) in the Name field that appears and click the OK button.

Link in chapter2

  • This action will produce an anchor.

Link in chapter3

Finally,

  • Highlight the text that you want to link to the anchor
  • Click on the “paperclip” icon in the tool bar

Link external

 

When the “Insert/edit link” (paperclip) icon opens,

  • Add # (pound sign) and the word you used to describe your anchor (e.g., #proofreading)
  • Click on the Add Link button.
  • Be sure to save (Update) this page.

How to link text between chapters (Pages) within the same book in Pressbooks

Follow the same steps as for linking text within a chapter (Page), except 

  • The anchor and linked text will be on different chapters (Pages). Set these up as you would when linking text within a chapter.
  • You must identify the URL for the chapter that contains the anchor.
  • You must enter both the URL of the chapter (Page) additional information when the “Insert/edit link” (paperclip) icon opens.

Identify the URL for the chapter that contains the anchor

  • Go to the chapter that contains the anchor
  • Click on the Preview Changes button (in the right-hand side Publish box) or”View Page” (in the red tool bar at the top of the page),

Link external3

 

  • Copy the URL for the chapter

link outside chapter

When you highlight the text that you want to link to the anchor

  • Click on the “paperclip” icon in the tool bar

When the “Insert/edit link” (paperclip) icon opens,

  • Add the URL for the chapter with the anchor with http:// (e.g., http://opentextbookca/opentextbook/chapter/linking-material/)
  • After the forward slash (/), add # (pound sign) and the word you used to describe your anchor (e.g., #proofreading)
  • With chapter URL and anchor word, the final URL would be, in this example:
    • http://opentextbookca/opentextbook/chapter/linking-material/#proofreading 
  • Click on the Add Link button.
  • Be sure to save (Update) this page.