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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:


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:

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: with a stable URL for the item (example:  The two components are combined with no spaces:
  • 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:

  • DOI example:

  • E-Book example:

  • Journal example: 

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

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