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Last Updated: Feb 28, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Tips for Linking to Electronic Resources Through AU Library

This guide will help you identify persistent links for electronic resources (e-books and journal articles) found in AU Library subscription databases, and will teach you how to troubleshoot issues with persistent links. The guide assumes that you have already identified the item for which you need to find a persistent link.

If you require help searching databases or the library catalogue, please view some of the tutorials listed in the "Other Resources" box found on the left side of this page. You may also contact AU Library and a Library staff member will assist you.

Please note: This tutorial does not cover every online resource that AU Library subscribes to. If you are having difficulty finding a persistent link in a resource not covered here, please contact AU Library for assistance.


What is a Persistent Link?

A persistent link is one that does not change and can always be used to find a specific item. They are also sometimes known by other names, including:

  • stable links
  • permanent URLs
  • permalinks
  • PURLs

The location of the link, and the name used to describe persistent links varies depending on the resource that you are searching. Any online resource, whether it is a book, journal, image, sound recording etc., may have a persistent link.


How do I know if my link is persistent?

A quick way to determine if the link you are using is persistent is to copy the link, and paste it into a Word document, or another browser. If the article loads properly when you click on the link, it should be persistent.


Characteristics of Stable Links

In general, all persistent or stable links from AU will include the following text which identifies AU Library's proxy server:

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Persistent links at other institutions will look very different, due to differences in proxy servers and authentication processes, so make sure to use databases in AU Library's collection when searching for persistent links.

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