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How to Create Permanent Links to Online Articles

Faculty and Instructors

See Creating Course Reading Lists for more advice on incorporating online readings into your course reading lists.

The Library subscribes to many databases that allow linking to full text articles. Instead of using the URL from your browser’s address bar, which may quickly expire, you should create a permanent link. This link will provide a stable and permanent URL to a specific journal article, which can be used in online courses, reading lists or bibliographies.

Locate Permanent Link in Article

Find the desired article or journal page and look for a permanent link which may be provided by the publisher.

Look for words such as, “persistent URL”, “stable URL”,” infomark”, “permanlink”, "document URL", "durable link", "linking options for this record", or "DOI".

However, not all articles have permanent links.

If you are able to locate a DOI or other permanent link, you will need to create a proxied link for off-campus access.

If you can't find a permanent link or are uncertain what link to use, try to create a DOI link.

Create a DOI Link

The most frequently used permanent link is the DOI or Digital Object Identifier and is the preferred method of linking a document because it is platform independent and will never change.

DOI Lookup: search for your DOI at Free DOI Lookup.

A DOI appears like this: 10.1021/ac0354342
A permanent DOI links appears like this: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ac0354342

If you are able to locate a DOI for your article you will need to proxy the link for off-campus access.

For articles with no DOI or permanent link, there is no way of creating a link.

Create a Proxied Link

In order to allow access from off-campus, you will need to add the “web prozy prefix” to the URL.

For Permanent URLs, go to: Off-Campus Link Creator.

For DOIs, go to: Off-Campus DOI Link Creator.

Last Updated: 25 August 2015