Create a Persistent Link

Persistent links (also called durable or permanent links) are URLs that remain consistent and do not change over time.  Copying and pasting the URL from your browser address field will not always create a consistent, stable link.  Many URLs from library databases only work for a short period because they are created at the moment of access.  In addition, these URLs won’t work for off-campus students.

Use the instructions below to create persistent links to articles, database searches, books, and videos.  If you do not see instructions for the database you need, please Ask a Librarian.

Find a Persistent Link

Ebook Central

  1. Complete a search
  2. Click on a record from the list of results
  3. Click the Share link to book button at left
  4. Copy this link

EBSCO databases (Business Source Ultimate, Education Source, etc.)


  1. Complete a search
  2. Click on a record from the list of results
  3. The persistent link is located at the right of the page, under Tools, click Permalink
    Screenshot showing option to create persistent link
  4. Copy this link


  1. Complete a search
  2. Click the Share button in the upper-right
  3. Copy the URL under Persistent link to search

Journals (link to any journal in our collection)

  1. From library website, click Find Journals button
  2. Search for your journal
  3. Look for the database with the greatest date range
  4. Right-click on the link to that database and select Copy Shortcut
  5. Copy this link

O’Reilly for Higher Education

  1. Complete a search
  2. Click on a record from the list of results
  3. Edit the URL in your browser’s address field
  4. REPLACE “” with “”
  5. Copy this new link
    • Note: You can use the above steps to link directly to a chapter of an e-book, as well — simply navigate to the chapter after Step 2, then proceed with Step 3.

ProQuest databases (Accounting and Tax, Education Journals, Research Library, etc.)

  • Articles: The URL in your browser’s address bar is a persistent link!
  • Search results:
    1. Complete a search
    2. Click “Save search/alert” at upper-right
    3. Click “Get search link”
    4. Copy this link

Sage Knowledge and Sage Research Methods

  1. Copy the following URL prefix and paste it to the very beginning of the URL in your browser’s address bar
  2. Copy the entire new link (prefix + original URL)

Taylor & Francis

  1. Open the article you’d like to link to, and copy the URL from your browser’s address bar
  2. Visit
  3. In the “Find your organization” box, search for City University of Seattle
  4. Paste the URL you copied into the “Enter your links” box
  5. Near the bottom of the screen, to the right of “OpenAthens link”, click Copy (this is your persistent link)

Note on Copyright

Articles integrated into a course management system such as Blackboard are subject to copyright.

  • U.S. Copyright law (Title 18, US Code) applies to items you might wish to place or post in to your Blackboard course or on a web page.
  • Rather than place or upload an article in a Blackboard course, faculty should provide links to materials for students. Linking to materials available through library databases is often the most efficient method of providing materials to students. For more information on Course Management Systems and Copyright, visit
  • Copyright also requires that you include complete citation information with links. The text of the link should include author, title, publication, volume and issue number (if applicable), copyright year and page numbers.