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Information on creating stable, permanent links to articles found in resources subscribed to by the Library.

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Jodi Poe
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What is a persistent link?

A persistent link is a URL for a specific article, ejournal or database that reliably connects users to the resource.   Persistent links may also be described as permalinks, stable links, durable links, or bookmarks.   Using permalinks in course management systems, course web sites, or reading lists allows students to access articles and other materials available through the JSU Library’s electronic resources subscriptions.

Copying an article’s URL from the address toolbar may not provide stable access to the article. The majority of our databases use session URL's that are specific to your current database or ejournal search session. 

The process of creating a persistent link varies by resource or publisher/vendor.  Persistent links may not be available for all resources available through the Library. If the article you would like to use does not have a persistent link option, contact the Library for assistance. 

Persistent LInks and Why They Are Important

Faculty and students may use this guide to create persistent links to library resources. Many databases allow you to create a persistent link. "Persistent links" are links that will consistently take your students directly to an article or eBook without having to conduct a new search. Due to copyright laws and license restrictions governing the use of subscription databases, persistent links can only be used where authentication is available. Persistent links can be created from Canvas course sites, course web pages, and syllabi using the following instructions explaining how to capture the correct URL for the article and add the authentication prefix to that URL.

Unfortunately, there is not a uniform way to create these links. Each database provider uses different terminology and different methods for finding/creating these links. Use the details provided in the Creating Links area for your database to find out how that vendor has this feature setup. Persistent links are not always found in your browser window. Do not copy and paste the URL from the browser window of the selected resource unless directed to do so.

*NOTE: Be sure to check your library resource links in Canvas Licensing of digital scholarly content can vary. Ebook and streaming video titles are especially affected by copyright restrictions and could be removed from our subscribed resources without the consent of the Library. Check links before courses begin to ensure access or to replace the resource. If you need to link to an article in a database not included in these instructions, please contact Jodi Poe in the Library at 256.782.8103 or by email at for specific instructions. If you need help with setting up the links inside of Canvas, please contact Online@JSU for assistance (256.782.8172)..

Remote Access to Library Resources

Remote Access to the Library's licensed resources is limited to current JSU students, faculty and staff.  To access the Library's licensed content from off-campus, users must be authenticated through the Library's proxy software, EZproxy. 

Persistent links may include the proxy information required to allow off-campus access, but always check the URL to insure that the EZproxy pointer is included.

Adding proxy information to a persistent URL:

  1. EZproxy pointer:
  2. Persistent URL:

Proxied persistent link:

With the EZproxy pointer at the front of the persistent link, remote users will be able to login with their MyJSU credentials for easy access.

Always test your links both on campus and off campus.

If you have any questions, please contact the Library at

General Instructions

Before creating links:

  • The article must be available full-text through a database subscribed to by the Houston Cole Library. For a complete listing of our databases, see the Library's A-Z Databases page ( If you already have a specific article in mind, search Full Text Finder to see if the publication is available electronically through a database. Full text coverage is listed under each journal title in Full Text Finder.
  • Use of these links is restricted to students, faculty, and staff of JSU (access from off-campus will require MyJSU credentials.
  • If you need assistance determining whether or not the full-text of an article is available online, please contact the Reference Desk (256.782.8034) or your subject specialist.

After creating links for use:

  • Check the links to make sure they work on-campus
  • Check the links from off-campus to make sure that off-campus students can link to the articles.

Links are usually persistent, but not permanent.

  • When using a link, include the article citation and the database where the article is located so that you and your students can find the article even if the link expires.