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How to Create Stable URLs

Instructions or links to instructions explaining how to create persistent links to journals and articles by source, i.e. database, ejournal collection, and ebook.

SLU Library EZproxy URL

For faculty and librarians -

The EZproxy prefix is required to access subscribed resources from off campus.

Add this proxy prefix to the beginning of article links, ebook links, database links, and ejournal links.

Right click on the link and copy it. Then paste it in front of the "http://... for the article.

Linking to SLU Libraries' Subscribed Resources

Linking to Saint Louis University Libraries' subscribed articles/ejournals/ebooks is advantageous on syllabi, in Canvas and in eReserves because

  • For most journals and ebooks, linking to journals, articles, and ebooks is legal (no copyright issues) - One exception is the Harvard Business Review, whose publisher requires a copyright fee for linking directly to any of their articles.
  • Creating a pdf of a subscribed article to upload to a course management system like Canvas is not always allowed by our license.  For copyright please use the a stable URL.
  • If you upload an article to Canvas, or another course management system for your students to read, it is counted as ONE use of that journal.  If you provide the link to that same article and ask your class of 30 to read that article, that will be counted as THIRTY uses. This helps with the libraries usage statistics that we use to analyze subscriptions.



How to Create Stable URLs guide originally created by Georgia Baugh, Electronic Resources Research Librarian, 2012.