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Linking to Library Content

General Format of Persistent Links

To create persistent links to database content (articles, videos, playlists, etc.) that can be used off campus or within syllabi or D2L Brightspace, you must include two components:

  1. The item’s “stable link” (also known as permanent link, PermaLink, document URL, DOI, or document link), found within the database.

  2. St. Cloud State University’s “proxy base" that prompts a login to the licensed content:

Finding or Creating Persistent Links within Databases

  1. Some databases such as Project Muse, ScienceDirect, and others are providing links that you don’t need to configure. For these databases, simply copy the URL directly from the browser address bar. Be sure you see the string within the URL.

  2. Other databases, such as those from EBSCO, Films on Demand, and ProQuest, already include the proxy base in their stable links (called PermaLinks or Document URLs). Simply find the item’s stable link (usually at the very bottom of the item record) and copy and paste it as needed. Be sure you see the string within the URL.

  3. Still other databases, such as JSTOR require you to construct a new URL by adding the proxy base to the beginning of an item’s stable link. The stable link (called Stable URL, Document URL, or DOI) is found within the item record.

Example of a constructed link

  • Stable URL:
  • Proxy base:
  • Constructed link (add proxy base to beginning of stable/permanent URL):

The ways in which database vendors apply stable links is continuously changing. For specific questions or troubleshooting, Ask a Librarian.