Answered By: ESC Sara Last Updated: Oct 05, 2022 Views: 5
Often, faculty members and students find the need to link to resources from within the library. Faculty members may link to articles, ebook chapters, and films from the library's subscription collections in online courses to make them easier for students to locate. And students may wish to link to library resources they've used, or would like to use, in researching a paper or project.
The problem is that many library subscription services create on-the-fly links to articles, chapters, and films that are not stable. If you use an on-the-fly link in a course, anyone who clicks on it will be directed to a useless login page from the vendor that supplied the resource to our library.
What you want to use is a stable link (also called a permalink or persistent URL or PURL). When these are correctly created and used anyone who clicks on them will be brought to a login page for SUNY Empire (as opposed to a login page for a vendor like EBSCOhost, Proquest, Gale, etc).
Many of our collections provide an easy copy & paste option to create a permalink to a resource. Look for a link icon next to the resource while you are viewing it. If it's not obvious where to get the stable link/permalink/PURL, visit this library guide to creating permalinks, and scroll to the vendor for whichever collection you are using. Instructions for obtaining a permalink can be found there.
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