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This guide will show you how to create stable links to resources from library databases.

Creating Stable Links

Why to use stable links

In most of the Library's databases, the URL that shows in your address bar is only temporary, so if you bookmark that URL or copy and paste it, you won't be able to access it later on. In addition, others may not be able to access articles cited using a non-stable URL. Therefore, it is important to use stable links (also called persistent URLs, or PURLs) to bookmark, share, or cite articles and other items in the Library's databases.

 

Step 1: Getting the database permalink

Academic Video Online
See this guide for instructions on Academic Video Online.

ebrary
On the detail page of the book, showing the citation information and table of contents, click on "Share Link to Book" in the left sidebar. A box will pop up with the stable URL.

EBSCOhost (Academic Search Complete, America History & Life, PsycINFO, etc.)
Perform a search. From the list of results, click the title of the relevant item to display the citation and abstract.
On the right sidebar under Tools, select Permalink. A box will appear above the citation with the stable URL.

Gale (Academic OneFile, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, etc.)
Perform a search. From the list of results, click the title of the relevant item to display the citation and abstract (and full text if available).
At the top, next to the search box, click the button labeled Bookmark. A pop-up box will appear with the stable URL.

JSTOR
On the article, book, or journal page, copy and paste the "Stable URL" that appears just below the item title.

ProQuest (Congressional Record, LLBA, etc.)
Perform a search. From the list of results, click the title of the relevant item to display the citation and abstract.
Scroll to near the bottom of the page, under the Details section. Copy the URL that appears next to "Document URL."

ScienceDirect
Perform a search. From the list of results, click on the relevant article to display its page.
Copy the DOI link appearing below the article's title and authors.

 

Step 2: Proxying

This step is not necessary if the link will only be used on campus.

In order to make the link accessible both on and off campus, it must be modified to include the Library's proxy URL. The proxy allows access to Library resources from off campus.

To do this, add the URL http://dbsearch.fredonia.edu:2048/login?url= to the front of the link you obtained in step 1.

For example, if the database permalink for your article is: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25046036
then the final URL you will need to link to is: http://dbsearch.fredonia.edu:2048/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/25046036

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