How to Create Persistent Links

Stable links are also referred to as “persistent” links, “durable” links or “permanent” links.

ProQuest Databases

  1. Find the article in the result list and click on the article title.
  2. The stable link is found on the Citation/Abstract page. Near the bottom of the page is an entry “Document URL”.
  3. Copy and paste this URL into your document or Ares E-reserve request form in the “Location” field.

Example:

http://ezproxy.lib.ryerson.ca/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1011876917?accountid=13631

 

EbscoHost Databases

  1. Find the article in the result list and click on the article title.
  2. The stable link URL is located under Tools in the right hand side bar. The link icon is called“Permalink”.
  3. Copy and paste this URL into your document or Ares E-reserve request form.

Example:

http://ezproxy.lib.ryerson.ca/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=65278218&site=ehost-live

 

JSTOR Database

  1. Find the article in the result list, and click on the article title.
  2. Locate the Stable URL above the article.
  3. Copy the URL.
  4. Attach the following proxy prefix to the front of the copied URL.

    http://ezproxy.lib.ryerson.ca/login?url=

    Example:

    http://ezproxy.lib.ryerson.ca/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/116459

 Other Databases

If the database you wish to use is not listed above, look at the article for options such as the following. “URL Linking”

“Bookmark URL”

“Copy URL”

“UR”

These are likely to indicate the stable link. Often the stable link URL is found within the citation or abstract information. But make sure that the proxy prefix is included in the URL. If not, add the proxy prefix to the front of the copied URL.

http://ezproxy.lib.ryerson.ca/login?url=

Using the DOI (Digital Object Identifier)

A stable link can be made using the DOI.

  1. Find the DOI, often on the main page for an article (containing citation and abstract information).
  2. Copy this DOI,
  3. Add the following proxy prefix to the front of the copied DOI.

http://ezproxy.lib.ryerson.ca/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/

Example:

http://ezproxy.lib.ryerson.ca/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09612020100200291

How to locate databases that contain the article by Using “Search Everything”

  1. Type the article title in the Search Everything search box on the Library home page.
  2. The article you are looking for usually appears at/near the top of the search results list.
  3. If it links directly to the article page, do another search for the journal title
  4. Check if posting of links is allowed for each individual database from the license terms of use information.
  5. Choose the database that allows posting of links. .
  6. Locate the article from the database to get the stable link.

How to shorten long URLS

If no direct link to the article can be created, one option is to link to the SFX “Get It” menu that shows a list of journal databases that contain it. The resulting URL tends to be long and exceeds the number of characters allowed by Ares in the ‘Reserves Location” URL field.

Example:

http://sfx.scholarsportal.info/ryerson?ctx_enc=info%3Aofi%2Fenc%3AUTF-8&ctx_id=10_1&ctx_tim=2012-07-09T14%3A40%3A41EDT&ctx_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_id=http%3A%2F%2Fsfx.scholarsportal.info%2Fryerson&rft.atitle=gender+
symmetry+in+domestic+violence&rft.aulast=Kimmel&rft.date=1999&rft.genre=article
&rft.jtitle=Violence+against+women&rft_val_fmt=info%3Aofi%2Ffmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3A
journal&svc_val_fmt=info%3Aofi%2Ffmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3Asch_svc&url_ctx_fmt=
info%3Aofi%2Ffmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3Actx&url_ver=Z39.88-2004

You can shorten the long URLs into shorter ones by using the following sites:

Copy the long URL and paste it into the relevant field on these websites to get a shortened URL.

Example:  (from tinyurl.com)

The above long URL which has a length of 493 characters is shortened to a length of 26 characters:

http://tinyurl.com/6rtmx49

Unfortunately, due to the limit on the number of characters allowed in the “Reserves Location” URL field, the link created from SFX Generator does not work in Ares.  Hopefully, this issue can be fixed in the future enhancement of Ares. For the time being, we can use some of the websites that can shorten long URLs into tiny ones.