Persistent Links to Library Content

Identify a Persistent & Proxied Link

Many publishers and databases provide a link to an individual article or other item that is ready for you to use and share with your students. Look for a link on the article webpage that has “” in it. You can distribute this link in your syllabus, the LMS, email, or elsewhere to provide authenticated access to library licensed content.

Please note: the URL in the browser address bar is very unlikely to be the correct link for sharing or citing. Look for an article link within the webpage, usually located near the other citation information for the item.

highlighted permalink url on an eResource vendor's website

Link Builder

Not all vendors provide a proxied link. If you do not see a link with the proxy information on the webpage, you can use our Link Builder to create a proxied link (a link with the Library’s URL prefix) to ensure PSU students, staff and faculty can access licensed online content from off campus.

Copy/paste your persistent URL or DOI into the box:

Use the Link Builder to add the PSU proxy prefix to your persistent link or DOI.

  • The link builder adds the PSU proxy prefix:
  • After using the Link Builder, your links will appear like the examples below.
  • Copy and paste the link into your email, document, or Canvas reading list.

Examples of Links

  • Persistent URL:
  • DOI:

More Information

Permalink  example of a permalink icon commonly used on eResource vendor websites
Databases will use symbols like this one to indicate that a permalink option is available. By clicking on this symbol, or one similar, a pop-up window will open that contains the link. Copy and paste this link. Occasionally, permanent links will be referred to as stable without any symbols. Databases like JSTOR rely on these rather than the permalink or DOI functions to provide persistent links to their articles.

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a persistent unique identification of an object of any type. These will look like a series of numbers with punctuation breaking up the various sets (e.g. doi:10.1000/182).