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What is a persistent link?

A persistent link, sometimes called a stable, durable, or perma-link, is the URL or web address to a specific online article, ebook, or video. The link allows the resource to be accessed anywhere, at any time by current Jefferson College students, faculty, or staff.

Why should I use it?

You can use this link to access the article from anywhere, such as a webpage, and email message, or a discussion board, and still comply with copyright law, and database licenses.

Do I still have to login?

Yes- our databases are subscription resources, purchased according to our enrollment, and bound by licensing agreements. We are required to authenticate users accessing these resources off-campus as current Jefferson College students, faculty or staff.

How do I create a persistent link?

To create a persistent link, copy the article’s url from the permalink or Record URL option.

The URL should look like this:

If the URL does not begin with the lib-proxy prefix, you may need to add it to the beginning of the url. If you do, make sure there is no space between the end of the proxy prefix (below) and the beginning of the permalink. +

Paste the complete link into your syllabus or Canvas module.

Make sure there are no spaces between the proxy link and the permalink, and make sure that the proxy url is only pasted once or the article won’t open correctly.

Most databases should have an option to copy the permalink, if you need help with this, please do not hesitate to contact a librarian. We are happy to help you get acquainted with this process, and to answer any questions you may have.

Why can’t I just save a copy of the article?

Downloading the article and attaching it to an email message or uploading it to Canvas is a violation of copyright law, and database licenses. Doing so is both against the law, and harmful to the cultivation of academic discourse.

What's the point? Using persistent links helps the library keep your favorite database! Using a persistent link is like casting a vote for your favorite online resource. Using these links provides usage statistics that justify the purchase of these databases. 25 students clicking on a persistent link to access an article is very different than one download of the article being used for the entire class.