Have you ever saved an article URL, only to have it not work a week later? Most URLs you see at the top of your web browser are not permanent links to the journal articles, book chapters, or images you are saving as you research for papers and projects in library databases. How do you find the permanent link that will always take you back the page you had found while researching? Use the tabs in this guide to learn how to access the permanent link (also called permalink, persistent link, stable URL, or DOI) in different library databases.
Most often associated with journals, the "digital object identifier" or DOI works similarly to a permalink, but is an individualized number for a specific document. If a journal article you are using for research has a DOI, it will be listed at the top of the article along with the title, author, date, and other identifying information.
1. Identify which parent platform/database you are currently using - see the "What Database am I Using?" tab
2. Search and select an article or desired source
3. Locate the persistent link - see pages on this guide for assistance
4. Copy and save the link for future use
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