Answered By: Lynn VanLeer
Last Updated: Jan 19, 2020     Views: 176

Every database is different in how they provide persistent links, and some do not. Within the database you are searching, click on the article title you want. Then look around for some of these terms: 

  • permalink
  • PURL (permanent url)
  • stable link 

Database vendors may have their own persistent link system or they may use the DOI link system and OpenURL.

We have more details and examples on these webpages: 

Database search skills: Persistent or permanent links

Database search skills: Example of a permalink in EBSCO databases

Database search skills: Example of a persistent link in ProQuest


Important: Do not assume that the URL in the browser address bar is a permanent link. 

That URL may:

  • change in the future
  • include session information causing the URL to only be valid for a single user session
  •  be a temporary Find@Walden full-text service URL that is not stable.

More information:


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