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Why Use Permalinks?

Permalinks are the safest and most lawful way to use materials that you find within the library's databases.  Use of electronic content, such as the articles within these databases, is subject to copyright law and licensing restrictions -- both of which often prohibit the reuse of electronic content unless permission has specifically been granted.

Why would I use a permalink rather than just upload a PDF of the article to Brightspace, or email it to students, or place it on a personal webpage?

You may be in violation of copyright law or license restrictions if you post content without appropriate authorization or permission.  Using permalinks is the preferred option, as you are simply linking to where the resource can be found -- not providing an unauthorized copy of it.   For more information about copyright law, please see the Copyright and Fair Use LibGuide

Permalinks are also used to help track statistics.  Usage statistics will help the library to purchase the right resources for you. 

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Using Permalinks in Online Courses


A permalink or persistent link is a URL that points to a specific journal article, search results, or blog entry. Many database providers provide them for linking inside a learning management system (LMS).

At this time, most of our databases will provide permalinks that start with  This is because we currently must send our patrons directly to Ebsco, our database provider, to authenticate in to password-protected resources.  This will change once we have a proxy server and single sign-on to all  Cummings online services.

   Finding Permalinks in EBSCO

EBSCO provides permalinks on the article level. When you are on the article page, click Permalink. It is on the right side.

Create a permalink by clicking on the chain link icon to the right of an article.


  Important!  Persistent links are not the link found in your browser window. Do not copy and paste the URL from the browser window of the selected resource unless directed to do so.





After clicking on the permalink icon, a box will pop up in EBSCO that contains the permalink to the article for you to copy.


Example of a permalink


These permalinks can be shared via email or used in online courses for consistent, unchangeable links to articles.

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