How to Create Persistent Links

Library Link Checker

You can use the Off-Campus Link Checker to automatically add the Brock Proxy to your persistent link.

Persistent links (also called 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.

Library databases often create session-specific and temporary addresses that cannot be used to return to the same content at a later time. A persistent link solves this issue.


  • Provides reliable and consistent access to content you want others to review.


  • A persistent link is legal and falls within what is permissible under copyright and fair dealing.

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.

Look for the persistent link option in a database.

For example:

In Omni, the Permalink button will appear when you click on the 3 dots on the right-hand side of the record. Clicking on the permalink button in the record will provide a link for you to copy and paste anywhere online.

In another database or journal page, look for a permanent link which may be provided by the publisher. Look for words such as, “persistent URL”, “stable URL”, “permalink”, “document URL”, “durable link”, or “DOI”.

To enable off-campus access, your persistent link must include the Brock Proxy Prefix:

For example:

You can use the Off-Campus Link Checker to automatically add the Brock Proxy to your persistent link.

More information

Linking to library databases in Sakai (CPI, Brock University)