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Creating Durable Links
Durable links consistently deliver access to an article, book, or journal provided by Himmelfarb Library or GW regardless of if the user if on- or off-campus.
Multiple methods are available for creating durable links. For course materials, Himmelfarb Library recommends:
Quick Tool : add proxy prefix
How can I create a durable URL quickly?
Linking via Himmelfarb's Search Tool
Himmelfarb's search tool has a Permalink option that links users to full-text options available from Himmelfarb Library. Via this method, you'll get an updated list of full-text options even if these options change over time.
- Identify the item to which you'd like to link, then click the Permalink button
- Click the button to 'copy the permalink to clipboard'.
Linking via EBSCO, Ovid, or Proquest
Is the full-text article available via EBSCO, Ovid, or Proquest online search systems?
- Use the full-text links provided within the article or book:
- EBSCO: Permalink
- Ovid: Email Jumpstart
- Proquest: Document URL
- Do NOT use the displayed URL; the displayed URL will work for only a short period of time.
Link by PMID, DOI, ISBN or ISSN
Does the article have a PMID (PubMed Identification #)?
Does the article have a DOI (example: 10.1001/jama.2017.9477)?
How can a link to an e-book or e-journal be created using an ISBN or ISSN number?
We will create durable links for you!
Library staff are ready to help! Send us your syllabus and we will:
- Check for broken links and update links as needed.
- Ensure that links work from on- and off-campus locations.
- Add new links to materials in Himmelfarb Library's collections.
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Durable Links FAQ
What is a durable link?
- A link that will consistently deliver access to an e-journal or e-book regardless of if the user if on- or off-campus
- A link that connects the user to a copy of an e-journal or e-book provided by Himmelfarb Library
Why should I use durable links instead of PDFs?
- Durable links connect students to required and recommended readings and do not require faculty to obtain copyright permission.
If an e-book as limited simultaneous users online, can I create a PDF and load it to Blackboard?
- No: creating a PDF and loading it to Blackboard may violate copyright as this could affect the sale of the original work. Please contact the Himmelfarb Library Reserves Department by email email@example.com or telephone at 202-994-2962 so that we can assess options.
Where can I learn more about copyright and 'fair use' of materials?
How many users/copies/seats are available for specific books or articles?
- Most electronic resources available via Himmelfarb Library provide 'unlimited users' access, however some resource permit a fixed number of concurrent users.
- To ensure adequate access for your students, please check with Ian Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-994-3685) prior to assigning a reading to fifteen or more students.
Himmelfarb doesn't currently provide online access for the book that I'd like to use in my course - can it be added to the collection?
- Online access to books varies by publisher and title. Please contact Ian Roberts (email@example.com or 202-994-3685) to discuss options for books used your your course(s).