Creating Persistent Links

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Creating Persistent Links


What are persistent links?
 
Persistent links (permalinks, stable URLs, or durable URLs,) are web addresses that remain consistent and do not change over time, allowing you and others to consistently access online content.
 
Why do I need to use persistent links for library content?
 
Library databases often create session-specific and temporary addresses that cannot used to return to the same content at a later time. A persistent link solves this issue. 
 
Benefits:
 
1. Consistency
Provides reliable and consistent access to content you want others to review.
 
2. Copyright & Fair Dealing
A persistent link is legal and falls within what is permissible under copyright and fair dealing.
 
3. Tracking Use
Using Persistent Links allows the library to track and count how often a resource is used.  These usage statistics are one way we can measure the usefulness and relevance of our online subscriptions. 
 
Will persistent links always be reliable?
 
Persistent links should require little or no maintenance. However, some persistent links may have expiration dates. It is recommended to check these periodically.
 
Ensuring use from off-campus.
 
To enable off-campus access, ensure your persistent link includes the Brock Proxy prefix:
http://proxy.library.brocku.ca/login?url=
 
You can use the Off-Campus Link Checker to automatically add the Brock Proxy to your persistent link.
 
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