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Linking to Library Resources: Getting Started

Describes best practices for linking to resources in library databases.

What is a Permalink?

When you search in a library database, the database tracks information specific to your search session, such as the date and time you began your search, what search terms you used, and your click path to get to the current page. In many databases, some of this information is reflected in the URL in the page's address bar, which makes for a very long URL that will not work to get you back to the same place later. 

Therefore, most articles, e-books, and other items in library databases have something called a "permalink" (also known as a persistent link, durable link, or stable link). The permalink is short enough to be convenient in citations and will always get you back to the same place. 

What is the Proxy Prefix?

When you're on campus, online library resources just work. But when you're off campus, the library uses something called a "proxy server" to give you access to online library resources. When you click on a link to a resource, the proxy server asks for your FHSU TigerNetID and password before giving you access. Adding the proxy prefix to the beginning of a URL for a library resource tells the database to give you the FHSU login page:

How to Use This Guide

The library subscribes to databases from several major vendors, as well as some independent databases. The first few tabs on this guide address how to create permalinks to items in databases from our major vendors, followed by a tab outlining best practices for independent databases.