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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. 

How to Find 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 Search Everything tab on the library homepage -- do the following:

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

Selecting an article in EBSCO search results

2. This will take you to the Detailed Record for the article.

An article's Detailed Record 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!

Detailed record for article in EBSCO search results

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

Tools column to the right of article's detailed record

4. Under Tools, select the Permalink icon.

Permalink icon selected under Tools column for article

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

Permalink highlighted in box over title of article

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 Tools on the right-hand side of the page.

An article in OVID with the Tools column highlighted

2. Select Email Jumpstart.

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.

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

Step by Step Instructions

1. Go to the article in ProQuest.

An article in ProQuest with no highlighting.

2. Select the Details tab.

An article in ProQuest with the Details Tab highlighted.

3. Scroll down the page to the Document URL -- 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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