Answered By: Sara Fillbrandt
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2024     Views: 5

In nearly all library databases, if you want to link to an article, eBook, or other resource, you will need to capture and use the permanent link for the resource, rather than the URL that is in the address bar. This is because URLs in the address bar "break" and expire over time.

Look for a "permalink," "share," "link," or "copy URL" button or icon.

This permalink or share button is usually located in the description of an article, ebook, or video. Here are some of the most common examples from the Lindell Library:

  1. EBSCO databases: usually located on the right panel or top of a document.
    Chain icon to the left of the word Permalink
    Once you click the icon, a new box will open at the top of your page/document - that's the URL you want to copy.
    EBSCO database Permalink example

  2. ProQuest databases: usually located at the top right of a document.
    Chain link icon with teal background over the words "Copy URL"

  3. eBook Central: located to the left of the description on the ebook landing page (a), or the top right if you're in the ebook text already (b).
    (a)Chain link icon to the left of the words "Share Link to Book"
    (b) Chain link icon

  4. Films on Demand: share link can be found right under the video.
    Share icon from Films on Demand
    Once you click it, go to the 'Link' tab and copy the URL found there. 
    Share To box opened to Link tab where the Record URL is displayed.

  5. Kanopy: share link is located right next to the details tab. 
    Share link in red text with the video link listed below it.

  6. Alexander Street Press (videos and texts): Look for an "Embed/Link" option at the top of a document or video.
    Embed/Link icon from Alexander Street Press
    Once you click the icon, find the Permanent link option for your resource and look for the link to copy. 

  7. Credo Reference: Look for the Share icon at the top of an article (near the title), once you click it, select the option that works best for you.
    Share icon, opened to reveal a dropdown menu where you can email, copy the link, or copy an embed code.

Can't find a permalink? 

If you cannot find a permanent link in a database (for example: JSTOR) here's how you can create one:

  1. Find a stable link for your resource. Look for an on-page place to copy a link first, if you don't find one, then copy the URL in the browser bar.
    Screen grab of a journal article in JSTOR database. The article is titled, "Linking Librarians, Inquiry Learning, and Information Literacy." Under the article title are the names of the authors, under those is the source information, and under that is a yellow highlighted stable link to the article.
  2. Copy the URL, and paste it in a text file or word document, then add the prefix:
  3. Your final permanent link URL would then look like this:
  4. Test your permanent link in a new browser window. It should force a logon through Inside Augsburg and then direct you straight to your resource.

If you are looking for a permanent link and need help, don't hesitate to reach out to the library! We'd be happy to assist you. 

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