In a story I’m currently working on, I have described a couple of videos, images, and pieces of graphic art that the protagonist is viewing in school (like a video about the history of the cathedral at Notre Dame). Many of these actually exist rather than being my own fictional creation.
I’m curious about some things related to including a link to these outside sources, so the reader can see firsthand what I’ve only, in some cases, intentionally barely described. In some cases, but not all, I believe having the reader see what my protagonist is seeing will be helpful to the mood of the story.
Is this practice frowned upon as a story tool?
My only previous experience with this kind of linking to outside content was writing content for an online learning platform where we could link to memes or pop culture references or relevant videos which would typically spawn in a new window/tab if the student chose to click on them. Is there an etiquette to this practice for IF that I should follow? I plan to credit the owner/publisher of the link with each instance that I’ve done it as with my content writing links, but I’m not sure if that’s enough, or how acceptable this practice even is in IF.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts.