Access Persistent Links in Databases

Use the Browser’s Address Bar

In most cases, you can copy the URL that appears in your browser’s address bar. This may seem obvious, but be aware that some sites don’t make it so easy and may require strategies like the ones listed below.

Ensure Off-Campus Access

To ensure that Drake users can access the database link from on or off campus, you’ll need to add Drake’s proxy prefix, which is “https://cowles-proxy.drake.edu/login/url=”. This is true whether you copy a URL from the address bar or use one of the strategies below. So, for example, a link to an article with the URL “https://doi.org/10.1080/19322909.2019.1684223” becomes the following (proxy prefix in purple):

https://cowles-proxy.drake.edu/login/url=https://doi.org/10.1080/19322909.2019.1684223

Look for a DOI

Many databases and publishers provide the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for their online works. The DOI can be appended to the URL “http://dx.doi.org/” to create a persistent link to that work. So the DOI link will look something like this:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nn800264q

Look for a Permalink

Some databases provide persistent links using different terminology. For example, EBSCO databases call them “Permalinks,” while other databases may use the term “Persistent link” or “Stable URL.” If available, such links are usually offered in the area of the article’s export or sharing tools.

Use the Citation

Nearly all databases offer some way to view a work’s citation in one or more style formats, and in most formats, a stable URL or DOI is presented as the last element of the citation.

Ask a Librarian

Of course, we’re always willing to help you find stable URLs for any of the resources we offer. Contact us