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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.

Durable links: the easy way

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?


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

  • Use the full-text links provided within the article:
    • EBSCOhost: 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.

When should I create a durable link on a publisher/provider website?

In cases where it's not possible link by using a standard identifier (i.e. DOI, PMID, ISSN, or ISBN), you may still compose durable links to connect users directly to content on publisher/provider websites.  A durable link is composed in two steps:

1.  Obtain a direct link to the desired article or book.

  • This link should be formatted so that it works consistently and is not dependent on a specific computer or browser session.
  • Instructions for specific resources, publishers, and platforms are provided in the E-Journal Articles and E-Texts and Databases sections of this guide. 

2.  Append the proxy prefix to the beginning of the direct link; this step provides secure off-campus access to resources.

  • The proxy prefix is:
  • The form above will help you append and test the durable, proxied link.


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:

Why durable links?

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?

If an e-book as limited simultaneous users online, can I create a PDF and load it to Blackboard?

  • This is not a good idea and may violate copyright as this could affect the sale of the original work.   Alternatively, please contact the Himmelfarb Library Reserves Department by email or telephone at 202-994-2962. 

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 ( or 202-994-3685) prior to assigning a reading to fifteen or more students.

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:

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