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Tutorials: Permalinks

How to use specific library resources such as databases, information literacy modules, eBooks, and archival materials.

Creating Links for Library Resources

Use this page as a guide for creating links from library resources.  

It is usually best not to copy a link from the top of a web browser, as it may not actually lead you back to the resource.  This is because many library resources are proprietary and require you to access them through a proxy server, which will ensure you may obtain full text later and also go directly to the resource.

Directions are included for the following resources:

EBSCOhost

PubMed

Library Catalog

eBooks

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About Permalinks

What is a permalink?

A permalink is a persistent or constant link to a resource.  It is a convenient way to share a link to a resource.

Can't I just copy the link from my browser?

Most library resources are from vendors who use dynamic links through scripts to access items in their resource. This means the url can change and will not be constant. In addition, the proxy to gain access to library resources may not be included in the url shown in the browser, and then you may be unable to access full text from the link later.

What is the library's proxy?

The proxy server allows a user to authenticate as a Logan user in order to access a resource.  This is especially important off-campus.  While on-campus, you may be recognized by the IP used at the computer, but off-campus (or using wireless), you will need to go through a proxy server and enter your Logan credentials.  This will then process you through the correct IP to access proprietary resources.

Can I just email a PDF of an article or book/chapter?

You may be in violation of copyright by doing so.  In order to adhere properly to copyright laws, you should use a permalink instead.