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Linking to Library Articles: Persistent Link Information

A persistent link is a URL that will remain stable over time and allows a user to access the linked document later. A persistent link may be referred to as Permanent, Durable, Jumpstart, Stable URL or Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Name.

Please Note: Putting a URL through the Off-Campus Access Link Generator will not allow non-FGCU affiliates to access online library-licensed resources. Only FGCU students, staff, and faculty with valid 14 digit ID numbers have remote access to library-licensed electronic resources.


How to create links to articles in FGCU databases

 

Check the List of databases that provide persistent links to make sure there is a stable or persistent link for the article you have found (several vendors use Digital Object Identifier (DOI) name as the persistent link). If your database is included in the list, check the table to see if you need to use the Off-Campus Access Link Generator or if you can just copy and share the persistent link provided in the article record or citations. 

A simple way to determine if the link will work, check for the term “ezproxy” in the URL. Does the URL or link that you found have the word "ezproxy" somewhere in it?

  • If yes, the link will work outside the campus network and is ready to be copied, saved or shared.
  • If no, the link will need to be put into the Off-Campus Access Link Generator before you save or share it.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

1. What is the Off-Campus Access Link Generator?
The Off-Campus Access Link Generator is a tool that will add coding to a persistent link or add coding to a DOI Name found in a database that will allow it to be used from outside the FGCU campus network if it is not already embedded in the URL. Putting a URL through the Off-Campus Access Link Generator will not allow non-FGCU affiliates to access online library-licensed resources. Only FGCU students, staff, and faculty with valid 14 digit ID numbers have remote access to library-licensed electronic resources.

2. Why can't I just copy the address from the address bar to save a link to an article?
Web addresses, or URLs, that appear in the address bar of your web browser may contain session-based or search-based information that causes the URL to not work later. This is especially true of the URLs that appear when searching a database. This is why many online databases provide a separate persistent or stable link in each record for an article but you may still need to add specific FGCU coding to the persistent link.

3. How do I find persistent links in online databases?
Some databases include a persistent or durable link or a DOI Name in the article record. Please note that the terms used and the location of these links in the record vary from one database to another. View the List of Databases that provide persistent URLs for information on how to locate and use persistent links.

4. How do I know if a persistent link will work from outside the FGCU campus network?
In order for a link to an article to work from outside the FGCU campus network, it must contain special coding that will allow FGCU users to access the article using their FGCU ID number. Follow these steps to determine if your persistent link will work off campus.
Does the URL or link that you found have the word "ezproxy" somewhere in it?
If yes, the link is ready to be saved or shared.
If no, the link will need to be put into the Off-Campus Access Link Generator before you save or share it.

5. How can I use a persistent link?
Once you have found a stable URL and put it through the Off-Campus Access Link Generator (if necessary), you can paste the URL into CANVAS or other documents.

6. How do I make persistent links to e-books?
You can use the Permalink feature in the FGCU Library Catalog to create permanent links to e-books.

  • Find the e-book in the library catalog by searching by title or keyword.
  • Click on the book title.
  • Click on "Permalink" in the yellow bar above the book record.
  • Copy the URL from your web browser's address bar. (This is the persistent link to the item.)

For questions about this page, or about creating links to library-licensed electronic resources, contact the Reference Desk:

phone: (239) 590-7630 or email: libref@fgcu.edu

Updated: 11/21/2013