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Permalink Basics

Definitions and FAQs

A permalink is a web address that will consistently point to a specific source such as an eBook, an article, or a library record.

Other names: stable link, durable link, persistent link, permanent link, document link,

How do I find permalinks?
Most research databases include a permalink in the article record or generated citation.  The terms used and the location of these links vary from one database vendor/provider to another (Ebsco, ProQuest, etc).  Pages 2 & 3 of this guide will show you where to look.

Why can’t I just copy the URL in my browser’s address bar?
Web addresses (URLs) that appear in the address bar of your web browser usually contain search-based information that will not work when copied and used at a later time.

Why would I use a permalink rather than just upload the article into Blackboard, Google docs, faculty webpages, or email?
You may be in violation of copyright law or license restrictions if you do this.  Permalinks are also used to track the usage of library resources.  Usage statistics help the library purchase the right resources.

How do I know if a permalink will work from off-campus?
The link must contain the library’s proxy in the URL or web address.  This will open a page prompting the user for their CUW Portal login to access the resource.

What does the Library Proxy look like?

It looks like this:  cuw.ezproxy.switchinc.org

It is usually in the middle of a URL. Here’s an example:
https://link-springer-com.cuw.ezproxy.switchinc.org/sharelink/10.1007/s10551-018-3777-6

Remember: Permalinks rarely have ? or % symbols

Reference:  SJSU Permalinks Guide

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ACS Web Editions
DynamedPlus
Ebook Central
Ebscohost
Elsevier
Gale
HeinOnline
JAMA
JSTOR

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ProQuest
OVID
Rehabilitation Reference Center
Sage
Science Direct
Springer
Taylor & Francis
Wiley Online Library

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