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Permanent Link Types for Popular Research Databases

See also: How to Create Permanent Links to Online Articles


Database/Journal Publisher DOIs available? Permanent Link Type
ABI INFORM (ProQuest) No Link in article citation: "Document URL"
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) Sometimes Link in article citation: "Persistent link to this record"
ACLS Humanities E-Book No Link in article citation: "Title Record" -> "URL"
CPI.Q Canadian Periodical Index (Gale) No Link in article citation: "Bookmark this Document"
E-brary No Browser URL* can link to entire book only (not specific page/chapter)
EBSCO databases Sometimes Link in article citation: "Persistent link to this record"
Elsevier Science Direct Yes DOI
Gale Sometimes Link in article citation: "Bookmark this Document"
JSTOR No Link in article citation: "Item information" -> "Stable URL"
informaworld (Taylor & Francis Journals) Sometimes Browser URL or DOI
MyiLibrary No Link in article citation: "Citation"
Nature.com Yes DOI or Browser URL
OVID Sometimes OVID "Accession Number"
Oxford Reference No Entries: Link in article citation: "How to cite this entry" (bottom of page); Book: Browser URL
Oxford Scholarship Sometimes DOI or Link in article citation: "Citation Export"
Project Muse No Browser URL
ProQuest No Link in article citation: "Document URL"
Sage Full-Text Sometimes DOI or CSA Full-Text Link
ScienceDirect (Elsevier) Yes DOI
Scholars Portal Search Sometimes View Record -> DOI
*If the DOI link does not work, use the CSA full-text link
SpringerLink/Springer E-Books Sometimes DOI or Browser URL

Description of Link Types

Browser URL link
The URL displayed at the top of your web browser window (IE, Firefox, etc.)
DOI-based link
The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is an increasingly common type of persistent link. A DOI is a standardized method for identifying an electronic object.
  • DOI example: 10.1021/ac0354342
  • DOI permanent link example: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ac0354342
  • DOI's often appear in the citation, the abstract, or the full-text of an article.
  • Off-Campus and DOI Link Creator - turn a DOI into a Queen's-only link
Link in article citation
A permanent URL provided listed the article citation or abstract. The permanent link may be labeled "Stable URL", "Document URL", "Persistent Link" or something similar, depending on the database platform.
OVID accession number

Locate, copy, and paste the "Accession Number" into the following URL:

Last Updated: 11 September 2012