Saturday, April 12, 2014

Recurring Reference Question:
I sent myself a link to an article, but now the link doesn't work. Help!

If you capture a link to an article from the address bar in one of our databases, then chances are, the link will not work later on. This is because the URL in the address bar was created on-the-fly, based on the search that you performed, and it is not a permanent link.

Instead, look for a link within the identifying record for the article (where the title, author, and source information is given). This may be listed under "tools" (as in the Ebsco databases) and referred to as a:

  • PURL, or a Persistent URL
  • Permalink
  • Document URL

Sometimes the permalink is located all the way at the bottom of the screen, at the very end of the article. The ProQuest databases are in this category (ABI-Inform, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe), as well as the Gale databases (Academic Onefile, Global Issues in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Biography in Context, Gale Virtual Reference.)

Also, if you find a book in the library's catalog, the permanent links are labeled as "Link to this record." Right clicking on the link will give the option to copy the link location.

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