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Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons

ENL 105 Professor Pilaud

Fall 2021

What Are Permalinks and Why Are They Important?

  • Permalinks enable you to go back and read an article found in a database.
    • It's a short cut.
  • They are not the same as the url typically found at the top of a web page. 
    • These urls expire over time. 
    • If you save these, you will be disappointed when you try to open articles later on
      • Your articles will not open.

Examples of Finding and Using Permalinks

  • In a search for "alcoholism" in Academic Search Complete, I chose the first article:

  • I click on "Permalink"

  • I copy the long link that appears at the top of the page.

  • This is what I save and use later when I want to read the article.

    • It's important to capture the permalink at this moment it time. 

    • If you don't, you will have to run the search for the article again.