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Persistent Links Explained

What is a persistent link?

A persistent link is a web address or URL that can be used to directly access a library resources.  Persistent links are also known as durable, stable, or permalinks.

How is it different from the URL in the address bar at the top of the browser?

The URL in the address bar may not have all of the information needed to work later.  Many databases will provide a permanent link which is usually located at the bottom of the article or video.

Why should I use a persistent link?

Why should you use a persistent link instead of copying the content directly to D2L?

Copyright is one reason.  You can link to an article in a database or e-journal and remain copyright compliant, but you cannot always copy the article directly and upload it to D2L without permission.  You can learn more about UCO's copyright policy here.

How do I find the persistent link?

Most databases include a persistent link, but some do not.  See the tabs below to locate the permalink in some of the databases.  If you have any questions, contact us.  We are here to help!