Answered By: Matt LaBrake
Last Updated: Dec 03, 2017     Views: 85

A Persistent Link, or Persistent URL (PURL), is a constant, stable link to a document in a database that will not change over time. A PURL is also sometimes referred to as a durable link or a Permalink.

PURLs allow to you provide a link to an item, such as a full text article located within a database. This allows you to share a link to the article, ensuring that it will work reliably, and will work off campus.

You know a link is a persistent link if you see the word 'EZProxy' in the link followed by the library's information as shown below.

PLEASE NOTE: Articles in online databases are provided by licensing agreements and utilizing the PURL is the recommended method for sharing this type of content. Posting articles in an open access environment requires permission from the publisher and/or author. Because of this, please keep the content within Blackboard as use of persistent links from our subscribed resources does not require such authorization.

EXAMPLE:  â€‹Find a PURL in ProQuest

See the embedded videos below for a walkthrough of accessing the PURL in ProQuest, Gale, and EBSCO. See the attached document for PURL locations in all of our databases.


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