Persistent links (also called durable, permanent, or permalinks) 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.
Use the instructions below to create persistent links to articles, database searches, books, and videos. Keep in mind that not all databases have persistent links.
The 7th edition of APA no longer requires that links be added to materials found in library databases. This eliminates the need for persistent links in these citations as well as links to the journal homepages. Keep in mind that some programs and/or instructors may request persistent links in their citations for ease of access.
For complete APA rules, please review our Guide.
When using citation software to cite and save resources, they will often use the url from the database during the export (which may not be persistent). Consider changing this link to a persistent link in order to be able to return to your article later. If you do not change the link, there is a chance that the link will break but you will still have the information needed to find the article in the library collection.
[Other methods of using citation managers (like browser extensions) avoid persistent links altogether by uploading the full text version of the article]
Sharing links can be done by using persistent links for anyone who is enrolled at CityU or who works at CityU. If you are trying to share items with people outside of the institution, persistent links will not work for them as they will not be able to sign in to our system. It is best to share complete citations so that they can source the items through their institutions or online. Be aware of copyright when you are sharing items outside of the institution.
When saving articles by using links, make sure that you use persistent links. Save the complete citation to ensure that you can find the resource again when you need it. Keep in mind that you retain access to databases as long as you are enrolled at CityU. Most databases do not allow alumni access. Review this page for complete Alumni services.
Downloading articles to your computer allows you to save your research offline. Keep in mind that not all databases allow downloading. Citation managers can also help you by hosting full text articles. See more information on our guide to citation managers.
The EBSCO platform also allows you to grab permalinks for searches.
The URL in your browser’s address bar is a persistent link
The URL in your browser’s address bar is a persistent link!
Articles integrated into a course management system, such as D2L Brightspace or Blackboard, are subject to copyright.
For more information on copyright, please see our Copyright for Faculty page.
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