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A permalink is a web address that will consistently point to a specific source such as an eBook, an article, or a library record.
How do I find permalinks?
They are located in different places in different databases. See the pages under “find permalinks” for instructions.
Why can’t I just copy the URL in my browser’s address bar?
Web addresses (URLs) that appear in the address bar usually break within a few hours at most.
Why would I use a permalink rather than just upload or attach a pdf of an article?
This often violates copyright law or license restrictions for the library’s contracts. Permalinks are also used to track library usage which informs library purchases.
How do I know if a permalink will work from off-campus?
The link must contain cuw.ezproxy.switchinc.org in the URL. This will open a page for the CUW Portal login.
Here’s an example:
Reference: SJSU Permalinks Guide