There are two main types of persistent links: (1) Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) and, (2) Persistent links offered by database vendors.
DOI is a widely adopted standard meant to give persistent access to online items independently of the platform on which they are found, and regardless of future location or ownership changes.
(1) Finding a digital object identifier (DOI)
DOIs are most commonly found in scientific literature mostly after the early 2000s.
Locate the DOI in the article information.
Ex. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2125.2010.03797.x
- This is not a functional URL. To turn it into a URL, add the DOI prefix (https://doi.org/). Note that some platforms already provide that prefix. Ex. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2125.2010.03797.x
DOIs can also be found under "Details" in the Library Catalogue.
(2) Finding persistent links in databases
Many, though not all, databases offer a stable way to link back to a specific article. Unfortunately, there is little or no consistency between how one vendor presents a persistent link from another vendor.
- Identify the persistent link. A label such as "Permanent link to this record", "Stable URL", "Durable link", or "Linking options for this record" would likely refer to a persistent link.
- Copy the persistent link.
Creating links to other types of electronic resources available through the Library
To link to other types of electronic resources, such as videos, sound recordings or datasets, made available through Library subscription, follow the instructions above on how to identify a persistent link and make it accessible off-campus.
If you have any difficulty with the above instructions, please contact the Copyright Office.