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Permalinks - What are they? How can they be created and used?

Definition:  A permalink is a permanent link, a URL or web address that will consistently point to a specific online information resource such as an article, book chapter, e-book, or other online resource.  It allows a reader to go directly to the resource.

Why bother with a permalink?  Copying and pasting links directly from the address bar on a webpage can be problematic. Often these links are temporary and won't link back to the original source. When you create a permalink, you can add it to your Canvas or Sakai site, webpage, library electronic reserves, email  or any other place you use a URL (web address).  Linking directly to articles in library e-resources also has the advantages of being copyright compliant and cost effective.

How do I find/create a permalink?  Most of the University of Delaware e-resources include a permalink in the article record.  Permalinks may be called DOI (direct object identifier), stable link, stable URL, durable link, persistent link, permanent link or document link.

To ensure off campus access: Anyone who uses a permalink must also be a University of Delaware student or employee in order to be granted access to the Library's licensed e-resources. Therefore, off-campus users must be authenticated via the UD EZproxy server. This can be done by adding the EZproxy prefix to the permalink.  Once you have identified the permalink to a UD  e-resource that you wish to include in your webpage, use the EZproxy URL Link Creator to create a UD authenticated permalink.

Need help?

Email the Library Collection Management & Licensed Electronic Content Dept.