What are persistent links and why should I use them?
What is a Persistent Link?
A permanent URL that enables users to link directly to an online article, video, .pdf or other document. Depending on the database, these links can be called permalinks, durable links, stable links, persistent links, permanent links, PURLs, or document links.
Where can I use persistent links?
They can be copied and pasted into a syllabus, emails, and Blackboard courses.
Why can't I just upload an article directly into Blackboard?
The library has paid subscriptions to full-text content that is copyrighted. If you link to the content by using persistent links, you automatically have copyright authorization. But copying and pasting the text, downloading, storing, or distributing copyrighted materials online (e.g. in Blackboard), requires permission from the publisher and/or author.
Why can't I just copy the URL in my browser's address bar?
URLs in the address bar of your web browser sometimes contain temporary, session-based or search-based information that only works for the current session, and expires soon after.
How do I find persistent links?
Most databases include a persistent link, although the terms used and location of the link vary from one database to the other. See how to locate persistent links in these databases: