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How to Create Direct Links to Online Articles, Books, & More   Tags: articles, direct_links, durable_links, ebooks, ejournals, emagazines, enewspapers, faculty, permanent_links, research@uww, stable_urls, staff  

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Direct Links

When linking to online materials, such as articles and ebooks, you will most often need to find and use a direct link. This is because the link shown in the browser's address bar usually doesn't work after a few minutes, as it is a temporary, session specific link. These direct links are also called durable, permanent, persistent, or stable links.

Faculty and staff may provide students with direct links to articles in electronic journals, magazines, and newspapers, and online books to which Andersen Library subscribes. These links may be made from course management software such as Desire2Learn®, as well as from webpages. For the Library's online subscription resources that provide permanent links, there is no limit to the number of times or length of time one can link to an article, since the Library has already paid for the access. The Library provides access to over 10,000 eperiodicals and 113,000 ebooks, many through online database systems such as EBSCOhost® and ProQuest®.

Faculty and staff may also provide direct links to materials listed in Research@UWW and to Research@UWW searches. It is best to link to online articles and books in their "native" database, however, for instances when this is not possible providing a link to the record in Research@UWW is the next option. There is no limit to the number of times one can link to a record in Research@UWW.

The instructions given on the Detailed Steps page are are very thorough, so if you are familiar with using direct links, you may wish to jump to the Database Specific Tips page.

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