Permalinks: Linking to Articles, Journals, EBooks, and Databases
You can make persistent or durable links to specific journal articles or other items in many library databases. By placing these links in your course web page, your BlackBoard class, or on a reserves list, you can easily direct your students or other members of your research group to required or suggested readings.
Not all of our databases and electronic journals offer the ability to deep-link directly to an article, and some of those who do offer the service may set an expiration date on the URL. For this reason, we encourage you to test your links thoroughly and regularly, updating them as needed.
Linking to Library Catalog (InfoLinks) Records
- View the full record for the item you wish to link to.
- At the bottom of the screen, look for the Permalink field.
- Right-click to copy the URL.
Linking to Articles in Full-Text Databases
Linking to Ebsco Databases
- View the full record for the article you wish to link to.
- On the right side of the screen, click the link for "Permalink."
- Copy the link provided.
Ebsco links should automatically be proxied for off-campus access, example:
You can also copy a and share a link to search results in Ebsco:
- On the top right of the search results list, look for the Share button.
- Under Use Permalink, copy the persistent link provided.
Read more on Ebsco's FAQ page.
Linking to ProQuest
- View the full record for the item you wish to link to (abstract view) .
- Look for the field titled "Document View."
- Copy the link provided.
ProQuest links should automatically be proxied for off-campus access, example:
We have not found an easy way to share a link to search results in the current ProQuest interface. However, a new ProQuest interface is due in late August 2015 so check back soon.
Linking to Gale Databases
Persistent links vary by resource interface but for most databases:
- View the article or reference entry you wish to link to.
- Look for the InfoMark icon or Bookmark at the top of the page
(not all Gale resources have InfoMarks or Bookmarks).
- If an InfoMark or Bookmark icon is present, you may copy the URL from your browser's navigation bar.
- Important! For off-campus users, you will need to
insert the proxy prefix and suffix in the URL:
Linking to JSTOR
- View the full record for an article by clicking on the article title in your search results.
- In the publication information at the top of the page will be a "Stable URL."
- Copy the URL.
Most JSTOR links are already proxied for off-campus users, example::
Linking to Library Databases
Want to suggest certain library databases to your students? We recommend you link to the "More Info" page for any database, for example, this "about" page for WorldCat:
By using the help pages, you let us keep up with those pesky URL changes; these links will also allow off-campus users to easily connect to library resources.
Have an ejournal or article link that you need to proxy for off-campus access? Use our handy proxifier tool to automatically generate a proxied URL for remote access.
Send your questions about persistent links to Beth Juhl, Web Services Librarian.