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Sharing Links to Library Resources

A stable URL is NOT always the URL found in your browser's address bar.

Why are stable URLs important? Sharing stable links, rather than the URLs found in the browser bar, ensures that students are consistently directed to the correct resource, without the risk of the URL breaking. 

Finding Stable URLs (Permalinks)


Within the ACM Digital Library database, the article’s stable digital object identifier [DOI] is found between the title and abstract.

To access permalinks on the Canadian Periodical Index database, select “Get Link” at the top right-hand side of your article. A new box will then appear with the permalink that you can then select, copy, and paste into your email, document or Moodle.

To share a single video from Films on Demand, find the permalink by clicking “Share” – which is located under the video. A box will then appear with the stable URL for you to copy and paste.

If you would like to share a video series, click “Page Link” located under the series title.

A permalink for the entire video series will then appear below for you to copy and paste.

To access the permalink in the Gale Primary Sources database, click “Get Link” – found on the top right hand corner of your screen. The permalink will then appear in a new box. Click select to copy and paste the link into your email, document, or Moodle, etc.

On the JSTOR database, you will find the permalink on the left-hand side of the page of your selected article.

To share a Kanopy video, you will find the permalink under “Share” just below the videos title.

Once you click “Share”, a box with the permalink will appear.

On the NRC Research Press Journal database, you will find the DOI for your selected article just under the title and above the abstract.

Currently, copying and pasting O’Reilly links that are found in your browser bar will result in students being asked to pay for access to that resource.

To avoid this situation, once you have found a resource that you want to share from O’Reilly, look it up by title in the CUE Library catalogue and share the resource’s catalogue permalink.

After selecting the eBook of your choice on the ProQuest eBook Central database, you will find the permalink by selecting “Share Link to Book” on the left-hand side of the abstract page, as seen below.

Once you select “Share Link to Book” a small box will appear on your screen with the permalink. Please Note: to share any eBooks from ProQuest you will be required to make an account using your Concordia email and password.

On the PubMed database, you will find the DOI above the title of your selected article.

The permalink on the Science Reference Center is located on the left-hand side of the articles abstract page. After clicking “Permalink”, the link will appear at the top of the abstract page.

Permalinks on the Science Direct database will be found below the title and authors of your selected article.

If you require assistance with sharing links to library resources, please contact your program’s liaison librarian here.

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