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Build a Persistent Link

What are persistent links and DOIs and why build one?

Persistent links are the safest and easiest way to share journal articles, book chapters and other online content with your students.

Providing a link to a library resource is a copyright-friendly way to enable students to make use of an item for individual study.

Persistent links allow students to access licensed electronic resources both on and off campus, and are created by adding an EZproxy prefix to regular web links and DOIs.

A DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is more stable than a web address, and allows for permanent identification of an article or other digital work.

A URL identifies a work's location, a DOI identifies the content of that work. Users can always find an article online by its DOI, even if its location changes (for example, if a journal changes publishers or is made available through a new database).

Links constructed with the DOI link builder will typically take users to the article via one of the library's database or journal subscriptions.

A DOI typically looks something like this: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.05.001.

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How to build a persistent link

URL Link Builder

Please build all your links from a computer on campus.

If your current URL begins with https://libproxy.mtroyal.ca/login?url= then you do not need to build a new link -- your URL should work. If your URL does not begin with this prefix, then follow these steps:

 

  1. Copy and paste your URL here:

     

  2.  
  3. Copy the resulting link in the yellow box below into your documents.

 

Your new link should look something like this:

https://libproxy.mtroyal.ca/login?url=http://aff.sagepub.com/content/26/2/154.full.pdf+html

 


DOI Link Builder

 

  1. Copy and paste your DOI here:

     
  2. Then click
     
  3.  Copy the resulting link in the yellow box below into your documents.

 

Your new link should look something like this:

https://libproxy.mtroyal.ca/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0886109911405492