Answered By: Aine Meehan
Last Updated: Mon,Feb,2019     Views: 317

What is a permanent link?

Also known as stable links, durable links, persistent links, permalinks or even purls these will directly link to the resource without changing or dying. Permalinks can be used to link to journal articles, ebooks, print books, Moodle pages, and other resources, creating a permanent link to that resource. 

Why can't I just copy the link from the address bar in my browser?

URLs that show in the address bar of your browser are not  always permanent links. Most vendors use dynamically-generated links via scripts that run within a search session, so that the link you see will change each time you run a search.

If you copy the link from the browser it might last a week or so, or even for just an hour, but if any student tries to open it after that they get a dead webpage. 

Example of A BAD link:

http://web.b.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=e3e3ef24-dca5-409f-8355-b57e75882d28%40sessionmgr110&vid=4&hid=101

This occurs when you open the article page or the pdf and copy the url from the browser. 

eolas error

Why can't I just upload or e-mail a PDF of the article or book chapter?

You may be in violation of copyright law or the usage license from a supplier if you email or post a PDF or other content directly. Using permalinks makes sure that only users that are allowed to view the content will be able to do so, since they need to be a registered student or staff member to access them. Also some journals do not allow you to download the pdf for example some content from Harvard Business Review. 

Instructions

  1. Open the more detailed view in Eolas by clicking the title of the item.
  2. Click on the permalink icon (paper clip) to the right of the page
  3. A section appears just above the article title with the permalink which you can copy and paste into Moodle or e-mail or a word document etc. On campus students will be able to open the article by clicking on it both on an off campus. 

screenshot of ebsco page

 

Instructions for making the link work off campus 

That's the great thing about the Eolas links, all of them automatically work on an off campus once you use the permalink.

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