Linking to Full-Text Resources

Information for staff, faculty, and course coordinators for linking to full text resources in OHSU's course management system

Persistent Links

What are persistent links?

  • Web addresses that connect to a permanent location within a library database
  • Stable and persistent! The web address will never change

Why persistent links?

  • Copyright friendly because it is content OHSU pays for via the Library
  • Easier than uploading PDFs to courses
  • Students have direct access to download the PDFs

Persistent links and Sakai

  • Sakai allows you to post article PDFs and their web addresses
  • Posting PDFs from non-licensed journals is often violation of copyright law
  • The Library recommends using persistent links to share materials via Sakai

Learn more about copyright and fair use: Columbia University's Fair Use Checklist

Making a Persistent Link from Databases

  • Options for obtaining persistent links to articles vary between databases.
    • The most common options are described on this page.
  • Many databases provide a persistent link creation tool.
    • The names of the tools vary
    • Common terms to look for are "permalink", "jumpstart", "copy link" and "embed link."
    • These permalinks are usually located in the same area as the options to print, save, and email. 
  • Databases that have persistent tools include:
    • EBSCOhost (including CINAHL)
    • Gale
    • Ovid (including PsycINFO)
    • and others

Here are some examples:



Making a Persistent Link with Permanent URLs

  • In some databases the URL in the address bar is a persistent link.
  • In these cases, the URL plus placed at the beginning can be used as a persistent link.
  • Resources that have permanent URLs in the address bar include:
    • Springer
    • BMJ Clinical Evidence
    • ClinicalKey for Nursing.

Here is an example:

Important Note: If the words "session" or "temp" appear in a URL, it is likely NOT a persistent link:

Making a Persistent Link from Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

  • DOIs are digital object identifiers.
  • If a database provides a DOI for a full-text article in the item record, you can use it to make a persistent link.
  • To make a persistent link from the DOI, copy the DOI and append it to this URL:

ScienceDirect and Wiley Online Library provide DOIs.

Here is an example:


Off-Campus Access to Library Materials

Important: If the link does not begin with it must be added to the beginning of the link. This prefix allows access for off-campus users.

When is a link NOT a persistent link?

Important Note: If the words "session" or "temp" appear in a URL, it is likely NOT a persistent link. For example: