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 used to return to the same content at a later time. A persistent link solves this issue.

Benefits

  • Consistency
    • Provides reliable and consistent access to content you want others to review.
  • Copyright & Fair Dealing
    • 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 these periodically.

How can I create persistent links?

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

http://proxy.library.brocku.ca/login?url=

For example: http://proxy.library.brocku.ca/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ1059972&site=eds-live&scope=site

Look for the persistent link in a database. For example, in SuperSearch look for the Permalink button to the right of the article information.

OR

Use the Off-Campus Link Checker to automatically add the Brock Proxy to your persistent link.

More information

Links to library databases (CPI, Brock University)