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Online Learning Resources : Stable Links

Best practices to sharing library resources in online learning environments.

What are stable links? Why should I use them? How do I find them?

When adding a journal article, e-book, or other e-resources to a course site, it's important to use a stable URL or permalink:

  • The URL in the browser address bar does not usually work to allow others to return to a library resource.
  • A proxy prefix is needed to allow students to login remotely.

Links are preferred to loading the PDF:

  • No copyright review is needed to link to a licensed library resource.
  • Links give the library usage data to justify the cost of e-resources.

Find stable links in the body of the article record, NOT in the browser address bar.

  • See examples below for ProQuest, EBSCOhost, and JSTOR.
  • Be sure to add the proxy link immediately before the URL:


  • Most textbook publishers (e.g., Cengage, Macmillan, McGraw-Hill, Pearson) do not make their e-books available for use by multiple students, to protect individual sales.
  • However, it's worth checking with the liaison librarian, because not every book required for course reading falls into this category.

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ProQuest Document URL

ProQuest article showing Document URL

EBSCOhost Permalink

EBSCOhost article showing Permalink


JSTOR article showing stable URL