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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: http://proxy.cc.uic.edu/login?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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