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Stable Linking to Electronic Resources — Overview

Stable Links

A stable link 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 stable link may also be called a permalink,document URL,persistent URL, or durable URL depending on the resource. You may also use a DOI (digital object identifier) found in many databases.

The tabs within this guide provide easy, database-specific instructions for locating and creating stable links that can be placed into your HuskyCT course.

Creating Stable Links - General Overview for Journal Articles, eBooks, Online Videos, Scanned Chapters

Journal Articles

Most research databases include a stable link in the article record, though the term used and the location of the link will vary.  To ensure off-campus access to these links, most will require adding the library proxy prefix, which will recognize and authenticate UConn users.

Locate the database-provided permalink. Permalinks may be identified through a variety of names:

  • Permalink
  • Stable URL
  • Document URL
  • Persistent URL

Paste the permalink after the equal sign in the box below, then copy the entire contents of the box. Add the full link to HuskyCT. Users will be prompted to log in with their NetID through the NetID Single Sign On, ensuring access when off campus.

For articles using a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), paste the DOI after the final slash in the box below, then copy the entire contents of the box. Add the full link to HuskyCT.  Users will be prompted to log in with their NetID through the NetID Single Sign On, ensuring access when off campus. 

**To confirm the link is stable, we recommend you test the completed link in a different browser.


eBooks & Online Video

Locate the permalink for the eBook or online video within the Library’s General Search

permalink

Add the link to HuskyCT

Permalinks take students to the item record in General Search, where they will find a link to the item.  This extra step ensures the stability of the links over time.


Scanned Chapters

  • Determine if your selection complies with copyright and fair use by following these steps.  See also General Copyright Guidelines.
  • Scan your selection, including the title page and the page with the copyright symbol. Scanners are available for use in the library. If the material is owned by the Library, you can request Scan on Demand to scan the chapters for you. Scan on Demand is also available for articles in print journals owned by the Library.
  • Scanned items can then be added to HuskyCT.

Special Exceptions

  • Personal copies must be owned in their original format, i.e. you own a legal copy of a book or are a subscriber to the journal. Possession of a photocopy (e.g., through Interlibrary Loan, borrowed or photocopied from another library’s holdings or from a colleague) does not constitute ownership in the original format.
  • Student papers must be accompanied by a signed release form.