Persistent links (also called permalinks, stable URLs, or document URLs) point to specific articles, journals, e-books, or searches from library research databases. They allow authorized users to access learning resources either on or off campus. Persistent links can be used within teaching materials, SharePoint, D2L, email or reference lists.
Best practice is to use the most direct link available (i.e. from the publisher or database) when providing links to your students.
Persistent links to Camosun library licensed e-resources should start with the following string of characters:
Open Access articles do NOT require the proxy prefix.
NOTE: Not all databases provide persistent links in the correct format. Be sure to TEST permalinks on and off campus before sharing them! Please contact the Research Help Desk or the Systems & Discovery Librarian if you have questions.
Linking to an article from an EBSCOhost database such as Single Search or Academic Search Complete? Do NOT use the session-based URL from the top address bar! Instead, look for the icon.
Learn more persistent links in EBSCO databases from the EBSCO support center.
ProQuest databases such as Canadian Business & Current Affairs and Canadian Major Dailies use the term Document URL to refer to persistent links. You will find it towards the bottom of the Abstract/Details tab of the article record.
Do NOT use the URL in the top address bar as it will expire after you end your session!
The JSTOR database provides stable URLs for specific articles or journals. If you want these to be accessible off campus you will need to add Camosun's proxy prefix:
A DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is a type of permanent link often used to identify articles in online journals. It is generally found at the top of the article itself, or within the citation or abstract. Some of our providers who use DOIs include: SAGE Publications, Oxford Journals Online, ScienceDirect, Springer, Wiley, and more!
If you (or your students) will be accessing the article off campus using a DOI, you will need to add the Camosun Library proxy prefix to the article DOI to allow proper authentication.
To create a link using a DOI: