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What Are Permalinks?

The Short Version

A permalink is a permanent link to an online resource -- like an article, an eBook, a database entry, or a web page. 

Permalinks in different databases

Step by Step Instructions

To find the permalink for an article in an EBSCO database like CINAHL or Medline Complete -- or when you use the "Everything" search tab -- do the following:

1. From the Search Results page, click the title of the article you're interested in.

EBSCO search results page with the article title highlighted

2. This will take you to the "Record Page" for the article.

An article's Record Page contains all the important information about an article. It's also where you can find a number of other tools besides the permalink button, so be sure to explore what's there!

The standard record page in EBSCO databases, with no highlighting

3. On the right-hand side of the page, look for the Tools column.

EBSCO record page with the Tools column highlighted

4. In the Tools column, click the Permalink button -- it's the one with a picture of chain link next to it.

EBSCO record page with the Permalink button highlighted

5. A box will appear above the title of the page containing a long URL that starts with https:// -- that's the permalink.

EBSCO record page with the Permalink box visible and highlighted

Step by Step Instructions

Permalinks in the OVID database are a little bit hidden, but you can find them by doing the following:

1. Go to the article in OVID, and look for the "Tools" column on the right-hand side of the page.

An article in OVID with the Tools column highlighted

2. Pick the "Email Jumpstart" link.

An article in OVID with the Email Jumpstart link highlighted

3. A box will appear in the center of the screen -- the "Jumpstart URL" is your permalink.

Note: Once you've copied the Permalink, you can close the box. You don't need to do anything else.

An article in OVID with the Email Jumpstart box open and highlighted

1. Go to the article in ProQuest.

An article in ProQuest with no highlighting.

2. Click on the "Details" tab.

An article in ProQuest with the Details Tab highlighted.

3. Scroll down the page until you find the "Document URL" section -- that link is your permalink.

The contents of the Details Tab with the Document URL section highlighted.

The Browser URL is the Permalink

In the following databases, the Browser URL is the permalink:

  • Science Direct
  • Wiley
  • DOAJ

You can find the Browser URL at the top of your browser window:

An article in ScienceDirect with the Browser URL highlighted

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