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Persistent Links to Library Resources: Overview

What are Persistent Links?

Persistent links provide direct and reliable URLs to the library's online resources (articles, streaming videos, ebooks, etc.) that work from on campus or off campus. Many library databases provide persistent links, which might also be referred to as permanent links, permalinks, stable URLs, or share links.

For assistance with finding and using persistent links, please contact the Reference librarians at: 503.943.7788,, or use Library Chat.

Persistent Link Names

Wprd cloud with terms for persistent links: Permalink, Share URL, Stable URL, Persistent Link, Permanent Link

Why Use Persistent Links?

  • Embed them in Moodle or course syllabi. 
  • Be confident that URLs will work for all of your students whether they are on campus or off campus. URLs copied from the browser's address bar are often temporary. Persistent links work for any user on any device.
  • Be copyright compliant. For copyright reasons, it is better to link to a library resource than upload the content to Moodle.

Off-Campus Link Generator

Use the Off-Campus Link Generator to get stable and sharable links to items within library databases for adding to Moodle or course syllabi.

Step 1. Obtain a persistent link to an item.

Step 2. Paste your persistent URL here. (Note: URL must start with http:// or https://)
Step 3. Choose the "Create Link" button below
Step 4. Copy the converted link (press Ctrl + C)

Your off-campus link is ready to be shared!

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