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Providing Persistent Links

A persistent link (also called a permalink, durable link, or permanent link) is a direct and stable link to a specific online article or other online resource, which does not expire after your search session is over.

Why use persistent links?

The default URL that you see in the address bar of an online article or database record is often session-specific, which means it will expire after your session ends. If you plan to include links to Library-licensed online content in a document or course site, it's often necessary to find and use a persistent link. Using a persistent link to point to a online article or other text is the recommended method of providing e-readings, since uploading PDFs of copyrighted articles or book chapters to a course site can conflict with our database licensing and with copyright law.

Who can access a persistent link?

These links are not accessible to the general public (an off-campus or unaffiliated user who clicks on a persistent link to a Library-licensed resource will be asked to authenticate with a CalNet ID).

Directions for creating persistent links

See below for step-by-step instructions for locating persistent links in a variety of Library-licensed databases containing articles, ebooks, and other resources.



Academic Search Complete | Access World News/Newsbank | Agricola | Alt-Press Watch | Alternative Press Index | America: History and Life | American Periodicals Series Online | ARTBibliographies Modern | ARTstor | Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

B - C

BIOSIS Previews | Business Source Complete | CABI | CRCnetBASE


Dissertations & Theses (was Digital Dissertations, Dissertation Abstracts)


Early English Books Online | ebrary | EBSCO databases | EconLIT | Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management | ERIC | Ethnic NewsWatch

G - J

GeoRef | Global Health | Hein Online | Historical Abstracts | Historical Newspapers | Inspec | JSTOR

L - M

LexisNexis Academic | Literature Online (LION) | Melvyl | MLA International Bibliography

N - O

Naxos Music Library and Naxos Music Library Jazz | OskiCat


PAIS International | Periodicals Archive Online | Project Muse Journals | ProQuest databases | ProQuest Congressional (was LexisNexis Congressional) | PsycINFO


Sage Journals | ScienceDirect | Springer Ebook Package | SpringerLink Journals | Sociological Abstracts

T - U

Taylor and Francis Journals | University of California Press ebooks


Wiley Online Library (journals and ebooks) | Web of Science | Zoological Record


Need instructions for a database not listed here, or need an individual consultation? Contact Heather Thams, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Moffitt Library.

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