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Persistent Links

Persistent Links

What is a persistent link?

A persistent link (or durable link, permalink, or stable URL) is a reliable way to point to an electronic resource.

How to Find a Persistent Link

It is not always the same as what you see in your browser's URL bar, and its location varies by resource.

Use the tabs above to find persistent links in common databases. Note: not all resources provide persistent links, but here are some alternatives.

How to Add a Proxy to a Persistent Link

To ensure the link will work properly with the authentication process, you have to add a proxy prefix to the link.

The proxy prefix:

An example of the proxied persistent link:

How the Proxied Persistent URL works

When a user clicks on the proxied link they will be prompted to log in with their SUNet ID, after which the linked full-text article or book will display.

More Reasons to Use Persistent and Proxied Links

It ensures users can access the desired article without finding a broken link.

The URL in your browser's address bar may be a temporary address or may disappear after the website is redesigned or the content is removed.

It helps ensure copyright compliance.

Your library has licensed most resources so they can be posted in Canvas or shared with other Stanford users for academic purposes. It saves time and resources from securing copyright clearance for individual articles.

It helps let the library know which resources are being used for teaching and research.

Your librarians regularly monitor and analyze resource usage analytics that help inform licensing and renewal decisions.

Your Librarian

Alice Kalinowski

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Need Help?

If you're not seeing a persistent link:

1. Check the tabs on this guide for resource specific instructions (i.e. how to find persistent links in Business Source Complete).

2. Check out the No Persistent Link? page

3. Ask us! We'd be happy to help you troubleshoot.