Creating Persistent Links

What are persistent links?

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.

Why do I need to use persistent links for library 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.

What are the benefits of using a persistent link?


  • 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.

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 links periodically.

How can I create persistent links?

Look for the persistent link option in a database.

For example:

In SuperSearch the Permalink button is located on the right side menu of the article record. Selecting it will produce the permalink at the top of the record for you to copy and paste anywhere online.

How do I ensure off-campus access?

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)