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Linking to Online Resources Using Permalinks

Instructions to locate permalinks for resources in K-State Libraries' databases.

What is a Permalink?

A permalink is a web address that will consistently point to a specific information source such as an ebook, an article, a record in the catalog, a video, or a database. 

A permalink may also be referred to as a:

  • Bookmark URL
  • Document Link/URL
  • Link
  • Persistent Link/URL
  • Record URL
  • Stable Link/URL

Why Use Permalinks?

We strongly recommend using permalinks instead of uploading articles, ebooks, etc. to Canvas or file sharing because permalinks ensure that you are not in violation of copyright law.

Permalinks allow the library to maintain accurate usage statistics, which ensures that we continue to purchase and renew the resources you need.

Permalinks are a reliable means of sharing search results, bookshelves, and specific resources such as articles and ebooks. Copying and pasting the URL from the address field of a library database web page will not usually take you back to that original page. Permalinks ensure that the link will take you back to that exact page within a database.

Make Sure the Permalink is Proxied

To ensure that the links will work off-campus, they need to include K-State Libraries' proxy address - er.lib.ksu.edu somewhere in the url.

Step 1. Look at the permalink. Does it contain K-State Libraries' proxy url: er.lib.ksu.edu (e.g., http://search.proquest.com.er.lib.k-state.edu/docview/302182943?accountid=11789 OR http://er.lib.ksu.edu/login?url=http://search.datapages.com)

  • Yes: You can use the permalink as is.
  • No: Use Link It to add our proxy url to the beginning of the permalink. 

Step 2. Test the permalink from an off-campus location. If it doesn't work, please notify us by contacting Ask A Librarian.