Stable Links for Library Resources

How to create stable links for online articles and books.

Copy Link from Esearch

The simplest method for finding stable links for library e-books, or print books, is to use Esearch, which provides a permanent link that you can copy and reuse.

1. Search for the book in Esearch. Or use the e-book search to limit your results to e-books.

2. Select the Permanent Link next to the book title in the search results, and copy the URL:

Ebook permanent link example

3. Consider shortening the link using a URL shortener such as goo.gl for easier use in an email or course syllabus.

Linking Directly to Library E-Books

Linking to the the Esearch record for a book (as described above) will work for any e-book provided by the EMU Library.  This will create "two-click" access to the book and the Esearch record page can be bookmarked in a browser (saved as a favorite).

Methods for linking directly to an e-book will vary for the different e-book vendors.  Usually grabbing the URL that you see at the top of your browser window will not work as a link to be used later.

To link directly to an e-book you will usually either:
a. look for a permanent link on the initial e-book page
b. or use a DOI to create an e-book link

Additionally, you want to be certain that the link includes the EMU proxy that will trigger the login process for off campus use.

ProQuest Ebook Central

A stable direct link for an e-book from ProQuest Ebook Central can be found on the initial page for the e-book (or Detail Page). Look to the left for Share Link to Book.  This link is already set for access from off campus (EMU Proxy.)

Caution:  There are e-books from ProQuest Ebook Central  that can be found and accessed via Esearch, but for which the library has not secured perpetual rights. If you plan to use an Ebook as course reading, share that info with your subject librarian.

Books 24x7

You can get stable links for the initial book page or individual chapters in Books24x7.  Look for the yellow envelope icon (Share a link) in a top bar on the page. This link is already set for access from off campus (EMU Proxy.)

Caution:  Books24x7 is a subscription service. The EMU Library does not have perpetual access rights to e-books in Books24x7. It doesn't happen often, but specific titles can be removed from Books24x7.

EBSCOhost e-books

A stable direct link for an e-book from EBSCOhost can be found on the initial page for the e-book. Look in the Tools on the right hand side for Permalink. This link is already set for access from off campus (EMU Proxy.)

JSTOR E-books

JSTOR provides a Stable URL at the top of the table of contents page. This link is already set for access from off campus (EMU Proxy.)

There may also be a stable URL for each chapter of the JSTOR e-book.

Project Muse E-books

On the initial e-book page (table of contents), look to the right for a box labeled Recommend where you can provide your email to have a stable link sent to you. The email will include a stable link to the book and to each chapter.  However, these stable links are not set up for off campus access. Use the EMU Proxy Link Generator on the first page of this guide to create a stable link that will work from off campus.

R2 Digital Library

Go to Tools in one of the top bars and use Export Citation. This can be used to get a stable link for the book or an individual chapter. However, these stable links are not set up for off campus access. Use the EMU Proxy Link Generator on the first page of this guide to create a stable link that will work from off campus.

Sage E-books

On the initial page, look for a DOI link, like this one: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483349510 
However, these stable links are not set up for off campus access. Use the EMU Proxy Link Generator on the first page of this guide to create a stable link that will work from off campus.

Wiley E-books

The initial page of the Wiley e-book lists a direct object indentifier (doi). You can use the doi to create a stable direct link to the book. See the Using DOIs page of this guide.

Furthermore, individual chapters may have a unique variation on the doi, such as: 10.1002/9781118268377.ch4
You can use these to create stable links to individual chapters.

Gale Virtual Reference Library E-books

A stable direct link for an e-book from Gale Virtual Reference Library can be found on the initial page for the e-book (table of contents). Look in a bar near the top of the page for the Bookmark icon.  This link is already set for access from off campus (EMU Proxy.)