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Learning Outcome/Goal

This tutorial will show you how to get a stable link for library resources. The purpose of creating and using a stable link (also referred to as a static, permalink, or persistent URL) is to make sure the resource's link is reliable - meaning you can share the link with others without worrying about it being moved or removed.

Why Use a Stable Link?

Many of the library's resources contained in our catalog and databases have full text articles that the library has paid to access. These articles are accessible to the entire University community. If a student or faculty member wants to be able to return to an article in the catalog or database later on, or if they want to share an article with others, a stable link is the most effective way to do this.

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Getting Stable Links from the Library Catalog

Begin at the search box on the Library home page. Type your search into the search bar and click on the search button.

screen shot of the library's all search box with terms GMOs and environmental safety. The search button located at the right end search box,  in turquoise blue,  has a red square around it to call out this button

 

When you've chosen the resource you want a stable link for, you have two options. You can get the stable link by clicking on the chain icon:

screen shot of a result in the library catalog. on the right hand side a link symbol is circled in red.

 

This will then bring up the stable link you can copy/paste and save in a word doc or bookmark on your browser:

an article result in the library's catalog and below the title of the article is a group of icons. one of these is a permalink. below these icons is a box with the permalink for this article and a red arrow pointing to the text "copy this permalink to clipboard"

 

Alternatively, if you click on the title of the resource and want the stable link, the icon is below the title of the source with the same ability to copy/paste:

an article result in the library's catalog and below the title of the article is a group of icons. one of these is a permalink and a red arrow is pointing to it.

Getting a Stable Link from a Library Database

Stable Links are also available in our databases. To grab these, simply type your search terms in the database's search box(es) and click on the search button:

screen shot of EBSCOhost's academic search premiere landing page. pictured are three search boxes fill with the terms GMOs and environment and safety. the search button appers on the right side of the first search box and has a red circle around it to call it out.

 

On the results page when you've found an article you're interested in click on the title:

results page with a red arrow pointing to the article title Genetically modified crops and small scale farmers: main opportunities and challenges

 

On the right hand side of the article's detail page, you'll see an option for a permalink. Click on it and the stable link will appear at the top above the article's title. Copy/paste to save this link.

article details page. on the right hand side there are a number of icons, a red arrow is pointing to one called permalink

screen shot of the full permalink URL with a red arrow pointing to it

All of our databases have the ability to get a stable link but do look a little different. Here are some examples:

screen shot of an article titled Study finds majority of Americans question safety of GMOs in ProQuest's ABI/Inform. To the right of the article's title are five icons, the second being a cite icon circled in red to call it out. A red arrow points downward to the next screenshot.

                                                                                                      screen shot of an example of an MLA citation for the article Study Finds Majority of Americans Question Safety of GMOs. The permalink URL is highlighted in yellow.

 

a screent shot of the database Gale Academic OneFile, a search bar and six icons appear. the fifth icon called cite is circled in red to call it out.

 

a screen shot of the database JSTOR with the title of the article GMOs: A solution or a problem. A picture of the journal cover appears and below this and the previous and next links is the stable URL circled in red to call it out