Stable links for library resources are links that can be reused, for example to link to an online article as a course reading.
In many library online resources, the URL (address) that displays in the navigation bar of your web browser is not a stable URL. There are two potential problems:
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.