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Persistent Links to Library Content


To link to a specific article from PSU Library's licensed databases, use a persistent link with the PSU proxy (a direct and stable link that includes PSU authentication). Persistent and proxied links are necessary because our subscription databases are only accessible with a PSU ODIN username and password. Watch the video on the right for an overview of how and why to do this.

Important Note About D2L: Article links in D2L need to open outside of D2L; please select "Open in new window" when creating links within D2L.

Make a Proxied Database URL

The proxy prefix should be part of all library article and database URLs. This prefix allows PSU students, faculty, and staff with valid Odin accounts access to the content.

Simply copy and paste a persistent URL from any of our databases into this box, then click "Create Link!" The box will display the new, proxied URL. Copy this URL and paste as needed (into a D2L course, email, etc.).


Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

A DOI is a number that starts with "10" and enables linking. For articles that have DOIs, follow these steps:

The library proxy prefix is:

Add the DOI Prefix:

Finally, add the DOI at the end, for example: 10.1016/j.aei.2005.07.007

Your full proxied link will look like this:

Unique Links

For articles that do not have a DOI, locate the unique link and create a persistent link:

The library proxy prefix is:

Locate the unique link and add that to the proxy prefix, for example:

Your full proxied link with look like this:

Instructions for Persistent and Proxied Links in Library Databases


DOI Unique Links
Alexander Street
Emerald Ambrose Video
ScienceDirect EBSCO
SpringerLink Films on Demand
  Highwire Press
  Project Muse


If you need help creating persistent links, please Ask Us!

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