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Static Links: Creating Stable URLs

Making links to library database articles

Creating Static Links to Database Content

Static links (also known as durable links, deep links, persistent links, stable urls, bookmarks and permalinks) are links which will remain constant over time and are therefore good to place into course websites.  In order to post a link to a library database article and have it be retrievable from off campus, you need to follow the instructions below, in many cases, you cannot simply copy and paste the URL from the top of your browser window - those URLS are not stable. Alternately, feel free to contact a librarian for assistance with making an article retrievable from off campus.

ACM Digital Library Common Craft   Conference Board CQ Researcher

EbscoHost

Films on Demand Gale (Infotrac) JSTOR
Kanopy  
LexisNexis
Ovid Journals ProjectMuse Proquest S&P NetAdvantage Sage ScienceDirect

Database Names

ACM Digital Library

  1. Perform Search. From list of results, click on the article title to display citation and abstract.
  2. The DOI will work as a stable link for ACM publications, so hover your mouse over the DOI url, right click to copy, and past the URL where you need it to be. Alternately, you can use the "share" buttons over on the right, click the plus, then find the blue g button for "send to Google", and then copy the Location URL. 
  3. If you see that ezproxy is already part of the url, you can use the url as is.  If it is not part of the url, you will need to append this URL in front of the other: http://ezproxy.metrostate.edu/login?url=
  4. Copy and paste completed URL into an email or course website!

Note: At this point, emailed articles will also need the proxy URL appended, unless the sender of the email was already off campus.


Common Craft

Please use the Streaming Video guide for instructions for linking to and embedding streaming video. 


Conference Board

  1. Find the specific report you are looking for.  In many cases these are PDFs.  Get to the screen that has the blue download report button, but don't download.
  2. Grab the URL from the browser address bar from that page. The URL should end in something like this: ID=2901
  3. Append this URL to the beginning of the other URL http://ezproxy.metrostate.edu/login?url=

  4. Copy and paste completed URL into an email or course website! (Note: the final link will have two http://s)
Note: if you do email the document, the recipient will not be able to access the URL from off campus unless they know to append the proxy prefix.

CQ Researcher

  1. Perform search and open a document. 
  2. The URL in your browser address bar is stable URLs and you can copy it directly.
  3. If you see that ezproxy is part of the url, you can use the url as is.  IF it is not part of the url, you will need to append this URL in front of the other: http://ezproxy.metrostate.edu/login?url=

Note: alternately you can email yourself the document, as that email will include a stable URL with the proxy information appended.  Also, the document URL listed at the bottom of a viewed or printed report does NOT include proxy information.


EBSCOhost (Academic Search Premier and others)

  1. Perform Search. From the list of results, click on the article title to display the citation and abstract. 

  2. On the right side of the page you should see a small chain icon and the word "Permalink". Click that to display a URL.

  3. Copy link and paste it into an email or course website!

    Note: The Harvard Business Review prohibits linking to their articles with a static link.

Note: you do not need to prepend the ezproxy URL because it already is there for you - same goes for URLs sent in emailed articles.


Films on Demand

Please use the Streaming Video guide for instructions for linking to and embedding streaming video. 


Gale (Infotrac) databases

  1. Perform search. Click on an article title to view it. 

  2. There should be a link to Bookmark icon and link above, to the right of the search bar.  Click on that to get stable URL.  You will  not need to add proxy information because it is already in the URL. This is also true of emailed articles. 

Note- some databases such as Business Insights: Essentials work differently. In BI:E, click on the Share link in a given article. But then you will then need to add the proxy URL to the beginning of the link provided: http://ezproxy.metrostate.edu/login?url  


JSTOR

  1. Perform search.  In the list of results, click on the URL of the article you wish to link to.

  2. Near the top of the screen, underneath the journal citation information you will see "Stable URL".  Copy this URL.

  3. Add the following URL to the beginning of the stable link URL  http://ezproxy.metrostate.edu/login?url=

  4. Copy and paste completed URL into an email or course website! (Note: the final link will have two http://s)

Note: At this point, links contained in emailed articles will not work from off campus unless the proxy url is prepended. 


Kanopy

Please use the Streaming Video guide for instructions for linking to and embedding streaming video. 


LexisNexis

  1. Perform search and click on URL of a document you want to view.

  2. Click the copy document link button in the upper right, which looks like a clip board with a chain on it.

  3. Copy and paste completed URL into an email or course website! 

Note: you do not need to append the proxy URL as this information is already in the link.  Also, when articles are emailed from Lexis, they come as a .Doc file and therefore no proxy url is needed.

 


 

Ovid Journals

  1. Perform search.  Click on the URL of the article you wish to link to.
  2. Over on the right, under article tools, click on "Email Jumpstart".  Copy that URL.
  3. Copy and paste URL into an email or course website!
Note: you do not need to append any proxy prefix because it is already included in the "jumpstart" url.  Articles emailed from OVID come as text files and therefore proxy information is irrelevant.

Project MUSE

  1. Perform search.  Click on article title to view it.
  2. The URL in your browser address bar is stable URLs and you can copy it directly.
  3. If you see that ezproxy is part of the url, you can use the url as is.  IF it is not part of the url, you will need to append this URL in front of the other: http://ezproxy.metrostate.edu/login?url=

At this point, emailed articles will also need the proxy URL appended, unless the sender of the email was already off campus.

 


Proquest

  1. Perform Search, click on the Citation/Abstract link of an article in the results list (NOT the article title).

  2. Scroll down past the abstract, find and copy the document URL near the bottom of the screen.

Note: you do not need to prepend the ezproxy URL because it already is there for you - same goes for URLs sent in emailed article 

 


S&P Net Advantage

  1. Perform search.  Click on title of article to pull up full record.

  2. The URL in your browser address bar is stable and you can copy it directly.  *Note, this does not work with searches from the company tab, but will work from home search box and for industry searches.*

  3. Add the following URL to the beginning of the stable link URL  http://ezproxy.metrostate.edu/login?url=

  4. Copy and paste completed URL into an email or course website! (Note: the final link will have two http://s)

 


Sage

  1. Perform search.  Click on title of article to pull up full record. 
  2. The URL in your browser address bar is stable URLs and you can copy it directly.
  3. If you see that ezproxy is part of the url, you can use the url as is.  IF it is not part of the url, you will need to append this URL in front of the other: http://ezproxy.metrostate.edu/login?url=

Note:  If you use the "email to a colleague" link to the right, the emailed URL will not include the proxy information unless the sender was off campus.


ScienceDirect (Elsevier)

  1. Perform search. Click on the title of the article to pull up the full record.

  2. The URL in the browser address bar is stable. Copy that URL. 

  3. If you see that ezproxy is part of the url, you can use the url as is.  IF it is not part of the url, you will need to append this URL in front of the other: http://ezproxy.metrostate.edu/login?url=

  4. Alternately, you can copy and paste the DOI link from within the article, and prepend the http://ezproxy.metrostate.edu/login?url= to it. You should end up with a URL that looks something like this: http://ezproxy.metrostate.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2008.03.009

Note: articles emailed from Science direct do not include proxy information and thus do not work off campus.


 

 

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