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Linking to Electronic Resources: Creating Durable Links: Getting Started

Guide to creating links to full-text journal articles and e-texts which are part of Himmelfarb Library's electronic collections. Links can be used in Blackboard as well as in other course materials.

Quick Tool : add proxy prefix

How can I create a durable URL quickly?

Paste the link to your resource in the box below: (Include http:// at the front)



New Durable URL:

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?

Pre-Formatted links: EBSCO, Ovid & Proquest

Is the full-text article available via EBSCO, Ovid, or Proquest?

  • 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.

Need help?

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: himmelfarb@gwu.edu

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 the 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. 

What does a durable link look like?

  • A durable link combines the proxy prefix which hooks the link into Himmelfarb Library: http://proxygw.wrlc.org/login?url= with a stable URL for the item (example: http://www.nejm.org).  The two components are combined with no spaces:  http://proxygw.wrlc.org/login?url=http://www.nejm.org
  • Durable links may also be created by using a standard number from the item to create a link: the PMID for PubMed articles, the ISBN for books, and the ISSN for journals.​
    • PubMed article example:

https://himmelfarb.gwu.edu/pmid/25766056

  • DOI example: 

http://himmelfarb.gwu.edu/doi/10.1001/jama.2020.7709

  • E-Book example: 

https://himmelfarb.gwu.edu/isbn/9780071843249

  • Journal example: 

https://himmelfarb.gwu.edu/issn/00987484 

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 mlbrsv@gwu.edu 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 (imroberts@gwu.edu or 202-994-3685) prior to assigning a reading to fifteen or more students.

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