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Off-Campus Access Tips: Finding Persistent Links

Making Sure Off-Campus Users Have Access

To ensure that your links work for off-campus users, make sure that the URL begins with

For example:

If you are linking to articles in open-access journals or to freely available web content, you don't need to add the EZ Proxy URL.

Permanent Links in Summon

The URL in your address bar IS a persistent link to a specific search (not an individual search result). It will take the user to that result list in Summon, and then they can link to full text from there. There is also a "permanent link" that appears in each result which will take you to that source in  Summon. Click on the "link" icon and copy the permanent link that appears.

Screenshot 1: permanent link icon

screen shot of permanent link in Summon

Screenshot 2: Copy permanent link

Screenshot of permanent link in Summon

Screenshot 3: Summon search URL link

Screenshot of Summon search link

Persistent Links in EBSCO

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The URL in your address bar is NOT a persistent link.

Instead, look on the right side of the article's citation page for the chain icon labeled Permalink. Click it to make the persistent link appear.

Stable URLs in JSTOR


In JSTOR, there are two stable URLs (another name for "permalink") provided for an article. The remote access URL will work off-campus. The stable URL only works when on campus.


Don't See Your Database?

If you have questions about finding persistent links in any database, please Ask Us at the library! Call us at 419-372-2361 or 1-866-LIB-BGSU, email, or IM bglibrarian67. You can also use the chat box below.


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