When Persistent Links Are Not Available
Not all databases/resources provide durable links (such as WSJ.com). This means the link address might not work or might change over time. There are three main options if this happens:
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1. Finding an Alternative Database
If the article you want to use doesn't have a permanent link, check if the library has access to the publication in another database, such as ABI/INFORM or Business Source Complete, and use the persistent link provided there.
Some commonly requested options for specific publication are below:
- WSJ - use ABI/Inform
- Bloomberg - persistent links are not available as Bloomberg articles are only available at the Bloomberg Terminals. Contact us for other access options.
Not sure what database might have the publication or article you need? Search our eJournal collection for specific journals, magazines, and newspapers.
2. Finding DOIs
An alternative to persistent links are DOIs, or digital object identifiers. Some databases will provide DOIs instead of, or in addition to, persistent links. (DOIs are often recommended or required to be used in references/citations because they are a stable way to link to an article.)
DOIs might be listed in various places (see below images for examples). They can be used as persistent links with our proxy by following these steps:
- Locate the DOI number from the article. For example: 10.1007/BF00047038
- Add the following proxy and DOI prefix to the DOI number: https://stanford.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/
- The completed durable link looks like this: https://stanford.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00047038