A persistent link, also known as a durable link, stable link, or permalink, is a URL that connects directly to a specific full-text article in a library database or electronic journal subscription.
Why would you want to link to articles owned by the SPU Library rather than copying them directly into Canvas?
Many databases have an option for creating a permalink. In most cases it is just a matter of copying the link and pasting it into Canvas. In other cases, it requires adding the proxy information that authenticates students if they are off-campus to use our databases.
Generally, for ebooks, you can use Primo to generate the Permalink. This is the fastest and easiest way to create a persistent link to an ebook.
Creating a permalink to an article in a database will differ, depending on the database platform. Use the permalink in a database article record. When you create the permalink, you will need to make sure it has two important parts:
In most cases, the proxy information will be included but in some cases the link provided does not include the proxy. You can add the proxy URL in front of the article URL so your off-campus student will be able to log in with their information.
If you just copy the URL at the top of the screen and the proxy information is not included, your off-campus students may not have access because the URL does not always include the proxy information. It depends on the database.
You can also use the Off-Campus Link Generator to create a permalink for off campus access to library materials.
Always test your links from on-campus and off-campus.
JSTOR indexes high-end education journals. To create a persistent link in an EBSCO database: