What is a permalink and why should I use one?


Permalinks (or persistent links) are URLs for e-resources (journal articles, e-books, and streaming videos) that remain constant and stable over time. Permalinks are the best way to return to an e-resource at a later time.

When you access e-resources through a database search, a temporary session URL is created in the address bar. That URL will NOT return you to your e-resource--it is only valid for one-time access, during that one particular session, so it’s important that you don’t copy that URL to access the e-resource at a later time (or to use in your citation).

To save an e-resource URL for later access, or for use in a citation, copy the permalink instead.


OneSearch e-resource showing the permalink location


All databases provide a way to generate or copy a permalink. For EBSCO databases, the permalink icon is on the right side of the e-resource detail screen as shown above. Click that icon and copy the permalink that opens up in a new window.

Other databases might use different terminology for permalinks, such as:

  • Stable URL
  • Permanent URL
  • Permanent link
  • Persistent link

Look around on your e-resource detail screen to see what name your database uses and how to find a permalink to copy and use.

  • Last Updated Nov 24, 2021
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