Online Reading Lists
and Persistent Links

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Setting up Persistent Links

Persistent (or Durable) Links are a good way for faculty to set-up online reading lists by linking directly to full-text article content in licensed periodical databases. Students accessing your lists on campus will be authenticated invisibly with a campus I.P. (In other words, they log on to your page and click on the article URL and the article appears before their eyes). Licensing restrictions and copyright law require that students (if off-campus) be authenticated in some manner to gain access to your online reading lists. This can be done with our Authentication Server.

FAQ about Online Reading Lists and Persistent Linking

  1. Why would I want to set-up online reading lists?

    Faculty may find excellent articles that they want their students to read in one of the many databases that are available to them and getting students the citation information, the database information, and then teaching them the steps of setting up a search to find a specific article could be a losing proposition. By using a specific URL for that one article and mounting in on your WebCT or Course page, you are saving yourself and your students some time and frustration.

  2. Which database vendors support persistent linking?

    Most vendors, if they have a static or permanent URL for a specific article, support capturing the link and using it in online reading lists. DSC major vendors that support this are EBSCOhost, ProQuest, and GALE.

  3. How can I tell which databases belong to which vendor?

    Select the Databases A-Z tab located on the GALILEO main page and select E from the alphabetical list to view
    the Ebsco databases. Do the same to view Proquest and Gale databases.


  4. What do you mean by authentication and who can help me with this?

    Since this database provides its content over the Internet, licensing restrictions require the college to make sure that only our legitimate users have access to this content. If you have ANY trouble setting up these links give us a call or send an email. We will help you with this process. Using these links is an excellent way to provide current authoritative articles for your students WITHOUT worrying about securing copyright permission because you’re not making a copy.

  5. What do I need to know to do this by myself?
  • You need to know the Authentication Server URL:
  • You need to know the permanent URL of the article that you want your students to read.

In Academic Search Premier (and all other EBSCO databases), look for the heading Persistent link to this record. Copy and paste the PURL directly after the authentication server URL (listed in 5a).

Here’s an example of what it should look like

persistent link screen shot 1

Your students will click on this link and then need to enter their DSConnect username and password. After that, they’ll be taken to the article record.

In ProQuest Education (and all other ProQuest databases), look for the heading Document URL. Copy and paste the PURL directly after the authentication server URL (listed in 5a).

Here’s an example of what it should look like

persistent link screen shot 2

If you have any questions, please direct them to

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