Stable Links for Library Resources

How to create stable links for online articles and books.


The simplest method for finding stable links for library articles, books, and other items, is to use Esearch, which provides a permanent link that you can copy and reuse.

1. Search for the item in Esearch.

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

Ebook permanent link example

Linking to Articles from Other Library Databases

To link to an article from a library database or online journal subscription, follow these general guidelines:

  1. Don't copy the link from the browser navigation bar - this is unlikely to be a stable URL.
  2. Look for a stable link - often Permalink, Bookmark or something similar.
  3. Add the EMU proxy if needed:
    • Check to see if the link includes the EMU proxy prefix:
    • If not, use the EMU Proxy Link Generator to add the proxy to the beginning of the link, for example:
See directions for particular databases below. 


Ebsco databases, including:

  • Academic Search Complete
  • EbscoHost ebooks

Link to a document:

Look for: Permalink - Tools (right side of full item view)
Need to add EMU proxy: No


Gale databases, including:

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

Link to an article or search results:

Look for: Bookmark, to the right of the search area
Need to add EMU proxy: Yes, go to the EMU Proxy Link Generator


Link to a document

Look for:  Stable URL
Need to add EMU proxy: Yes, go to the EMU Proxy Link Generator


ProQuest databases, including:

  • Business - Scholarly & Trade
  • Dissertations & Theses Full Text
  • ERIC
  • ProQuest PowerSearch
  • PsycINFO

Link to a document:

  • Go to the Abstract format
  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen
  • Copy the Document URL 
  • Need to add EMU proxy: No