Stable links for library resources are links that can be safely reused, for example in course reading lists. There are two steps to confirming that a URL will work for all library users.
Esearch provides Permanent Links that are stable and that will direct users through the EMU proxy.
For linking to other library resources, there are two steps:
Create links that include the EMU Proxy and allow on and off-campus access to library resources:
When you use library resources on-campus, you will not usually see the proxy prefix in URLs for library resources. However, the proxy prefix is required in order for a link to be stable and usable from off-campus. The proxy prefix directs off-campus users to login and and allows the publisher to recognize authorized EMU users.
EMU's proxy prefix:
Some library databases will include the proxy prefix in persistent URLs that they provide; others will not. Before reusing a link from a library database, check to see if the proxy prefix is included at the beginning. If not, simply add it to create a URL that will work from off-campus. For example:
A "stable" URL from JSTOR:
Add the proxy prefix, or use the EMU Proxy Link Generator above, to create a truly stable URL that works from all locations:
Adding the proxy prefix does not give access to non-EMU users; since it directs users to use their my.emich login and password, only current EMU students, faculty and staff will be given access to library subscription resources.