Permalink Basics

This is page 1 of a 3-page guide on Permalinks. 

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Definitions and FAQs

Definition:  A permalink is a web address that will consistently point to a specific  source such as an eBook, an article, or a library record.

Other names: stable link, durable link, persistent link, permanent link document link,

How do I find permalinks?
Most research databases include a permalink in the article record or generated citation.  The terms used and the location of these links vary from one database vender/provider to another (Ebsco, ProQuest, ect).  Pages 2  & 3 of this guide will show you where to look. 

Why can’t I just copy the URL in my browser’s address bar?
Web addresses (URLs) that appear in the address bar of your web browser usually contain search-based information that will not work when copied and used at a later time.

Why would I use a permalink rather than just upload the article into Blackboard, Google docs, faculty webpages, or email?
You may be in violation of copyright law or license restrictions if you do this.  Using permalinks is the preferred option. Permalinks are also used to track usage of library resources.  Usage statistics help the library purchase the right resources. 

How do I know if a permalink will work from off campus?
In order for the library’s electronic resources paid subscriptions (ebooks, journals) to work from outside our campus network or off campus, they must contain the library’s proxy in the URL or web address.  This will open a page prompting the user for their CUAA Portal login.

What does the Library Proxy look like?

It looks like this: proxy01.cuaa.edu

It is usually in the middle of a URL. 

Here’s an example:

 

Remember: Permalinks never have ? or % symbols

Reference:  SJSU Permalinks Guide

Databases & Providers

For Database and Provider specific instructions (organized by name):

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ACS Web Editions
DynamedPlus
Ebook Central
Ebscohost
Gale
JAMA

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ProQuest
Sage
Science Direct

All other Databases & Providers: Ask A Librarian