It is possible to create direct web links to specific articles in journals, library catalog records, e-books, images, music and many other e-resources. These links can be copied/pasted into Canvas, Outlook emails, Microsoft Office documents, and web pages for easy access to the resource in the future.
However, it is not usually as simple as copying the URL that displays in your browser when accessing the e-resource. To enable reliable, permanent access to the e-resource, you must use a permanent link or a permalink.
A permalink does not include any session information that might cause the URL to fail at a later date when your session expires. Permalinks go by many names including, but not limited to, static URLs, durable URLs and persistant URLs.
Directions for creating permalinks for some of the more popular databases are listed in the Linking to Library Resources subtabs:
If you need assistance creating permalinks to any other e-resources not covered in this guide, please contact Donna Miller.