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A persistent link, also known as a permalink, is an URL that connects directly to a specific full-text article in a library database or electronic journal subscription. When students click a permalink, they will need to log in with their ONID information.
For print documents, it may be worth shortening the permalink with a short URL generator like beav.es. For online purposes, descriptive text is more accessible.
Many databases have an option for creating a persistent link. In most cases it's just a matter of clicking a permalink button. In other cases it requires adding the proxy information that authenticates off-campus users.
Generally, you can use 1Search to generate the Permalink (see 1Search on the menu to the left). This is the fastest and easiest way to create a persistent link.
Creating a persistent link to an article in a database will differ, depending on the database. Use the links on the left to determine how to build a persistent link for the database you are referencing. When you create the persistent link, you will need to make sure it has two important parts:
The persistent link looks something like this:
In most cases, the proxy information will be included. If not, you can add the proxy URL in front of the article URL so your off-campus student will be able to log in with their ONID information.
If you copy the URL at the top of the screen and the proxy information is not included, your off-campus students may not have access because the URL does not always include the proxy information. It depends on the database.
Always test your links from on-campus and off-campus.
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