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Creating Persistent Article Link

Creating Persistent Article Links: A Guide for Faculty

If you want your students to link directly to an article in one of the library’s databases, you must create for them what is called a persistent link. A persistent link is a specific URL that will link straight to the article that you want them to access. The method to create a persistent link varies somewhat among the different databases the library provides, so the following brief guide has been created to assist you in creating these links. Below you will find a step-by-step process for creating persistent links in the most common library databases. If you need help creating a persistent link to an article in a database not listed here, or if you have any questions about this process, please contact Scott Lloyd in the CCU Library or send an email to

Electronic Journal Center

1. First, find the article you want in the Electronic Journal Center:

2. Open the article description by clicking on the title of the article to which you wish to link.

3. Copy the link of the article description page from the address window of your internet browser.

Here’s a sample URL:

(Do not copy the URL of the PDF or HTML full text itself, because this URL changes.)

4. You may use the link that you copied for both on-campus and off-campus users. The same link will work for either one.

EBSCO Databases (Including Academic Search Premier and ATLA Religion Database)

1. Locate the article by searching an EBSCO database such as Academic Search Complete. A full list of EBSCO Databases can be found here: EBSCO databases.

2. When you have located an article, click on the title to access the article display page, where you can view the full citation record of the article. The citation should include a line that is labeled: “Persistent Link to this Article.” Copy the exact link that is provided.


3. The link you just copied will work for any student who is on-campus. If you want students to have off-campus access to the article, you need to create another link. You can create an off-campus link by adding the following text in front of the link you created in Step Two:

Using the example link in step two above, your off-campus link would now look like this:

4. Thus, when you link to an article in any of the EBSCO databases, you need to provide your students two links: one for on-campus access and another for off-campus access.

5. A special note about the ATLA Religion database (EBSCO version): If you wish to create an off-campus link to an article in ATLA, follow the above steps for EBSCO databases, but in Step Three, use this text in front of your EBSCO link instead of the text given in Step Three above:

Other Databases

1. In Education Abstracts, you will find a persistent link to an article when you click on the title of the article. Look for a field in the citation that says, “Bookmark This Record As.” Copy the link provided. It is the only link you will need for both on-campus and off-campus access.

2. In Oxford Reference Online, you will find a persistent link to an article when you click on the article title and go to the bottom of the page. At the bottom will be a bibliographic citation for the article. Copy the hyperlink listed in the citation. This will serve as your on-campus link. To create an off-campus link, place the following text in front of the link:

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