Library

Durable Links to Articles & eBooks

Durable links are important to help you get to the record containing links to full text or the full text resource itself. In addition, to allow CSUMB students, faculty, and staff access to full text resources from off-campus, it is important to add the proxy prefix described below to the durable link. Doing this will prompt for OtterID and password, if the user is not yet signed in.

For articles & ebooks among search results in most library databases:

Step 1:

From the list of citations in the database you are searching, click on the title of an article which indicates HTML or PDF Full Text is available.

Step 2:

In the box on the right or on the bottom, look for the option that matches one of the examples below and copy the "Bookmark," "Permalink" or "Document URL."

image of Gale right hand task bar
Gale example
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EbscoHost example
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Proquest example

Step 3:

To enable off-campus access, you will need to add the following prefix to the URL address:

https://csumb.idm.oclc.org/login?url=

Therefore, a complete durable link would look like this:

https://csumb.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/815282959?accountid=10355

Occasionally, you may already see elements of the prefix URL address in the permalink, bookmark, durable link, etc. It may not be in the same order as the above example. If you see these elements, you do not need to add the prefix address again.

For Links to Other Full-Text Databases

A number of other databases enable the creation of durable links to specific articles using the URL from the browser's location bar.

Some of these use DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) in a form similar to 10.1016/j.chb.2010.04.025 that you can use as a durable link.

Otherwise, simply search or browse for the article to which you want to link, open the PDF or Full Text, and copy the URL address from your browser once you've located it.

Again, if you want to enable off-campus access to the articles, you will need to add the following prefix to the URL address.