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Creating Links to Library Resources: Home

Create links to articles, books, films and searches

Copying and pasting links directly from the address bar in the library's electronic resources can be problematic. Often these links are temporary and won't link back to the original source. Once you have created a persistent link, you can add it to your Blackboard site, LibGuide, Wiki or any other place you use a URL (web address). The following instructions will allow student access to material without violating copyright restrictions.


Persistent Links/URLs

  • Also called durable, permanent, stable, standalone link, document URL, or permalink
  • Require a proxy server address to access subscription resources
  • Some databases provide persistent links with this proxy address and others do not
  • Don't copy the URL from the address bar unless instructed. These addresses may work temporarily but are likely to be inaccessible at a later date or from off campus.


Proxy Server Address

This address allows users access subscription material from off-campus. If the proxy address is not included in the persistent link, then it needs to be added to the front of the URL. When adding this proxy address to another URL make sure there are no spaces between the two. For example JSTOR provides a stable link, like Then you need to add the proxy server address to the front, so it will look like this:

Persistent Links


Linking Instructions and Example

Alexander Street Press

Click on Embed/Link underneath the video and copy link

BrowZine Journals & Subjects

Copy the URL in the address (navigation) bar

CQ Researcher

Add to the document URL at the end of report

Credo Article

Copy the URL in citation at the end of the article

Credo Books

Add to the URL in the address (navigation) bar.

Ebooks from the Catalog

In the catalog record, right click and copy the link, Available online via ...


Copy the URL in the address (navigation) bar 

EBSCO Articles, Books & Journals

Click on Permalink under Tools on the right side of the screen and copy the URL. 

EBSCO Search

Click on the Share button then copy the Permalink at the bottom of the window

Click on Permalink under Tools on the right side of the screen and copy the URL. 

Films on Demand - Videos 

Click on Share underneath the video and copy link

Films on Demand -Collections

Select a collection then a page link will appear under the name of the collection

Gale – Academic OneFile

Add to the URL end of the article

Google Scholar Searches

Copy the URL in the address (navigation) bar


Add to the Stable URL under the publisher


Click on Share underneath the video and copy link

LexisNexis - Articles & Sources

Go to to create Durable (persistent) links to articles, periodicals and searches then add>=%25CURRDATE-7%25

LexisNexis Searches

Find direct links to special LexisNexis Academic searches at or create your own from 

Oxford Art & Music Online

Add to URL in (navigation) bar

Ovid Articles

Click the Email Jumpstart under the Tools menu. Copy the Jumpstart URL in the pop-up window and add to the URL.  

Project MUSE

Add to URL in navigation bar


Copy Document URL which is located under the Abstract or Details tab

ProQuest Search

Log into your ProQuest account, run a search then select Save search/alert. Save the search, you must name it. Next view your saved searches, open Get link and copy.


Copy the URL in the address (navigation) bar


Copy the URL in the address (navigation) bar


Copy the URL in the address (navigation) bar

UMBrella Records Click on Permalink under Send to in the middle of the item record screen and copy the URL 
Voyager Records

Copy the URL in the address (navigation) bar

WorldCat Records

Copy the URL in the address (navigation) bar

If you encounter any problems with these persistent links, contact Ask a Librarian.

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