Permalinks are static or permanent web addresses (URLs) which point to a specific item such as an online article or ebook.
Why use permalinks?
If you copy a URL from the browser it usually contains more information than the direct link to the specific item. Some databases also use URLs that change for each new search session even if you are looking up the same information.
EBSCOhost and Gale/InfoTrac are examples of database vendors that require permalinks to be generated within the database. Click the vendor name for instruction for finding the persistent link URL within its database.
Will the permalinks work off campus?
Subscription database links will not work off campus without authentication from a proxy server. If the permalinks do not include the campus proxy URL, students will not be able to access the material from off campus. Some databases will add the proxy URL automatically, and some will not.
Note: You do not need to add the proxy to freely available sites or links that already contain mines.idm.oclc.org
What is the library's proxy server address?
The proxy server address should be placed in front of the permalink address for library resources that require authentication. Some databases will already include the proxy server address, but some will not.