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Stable Links for Electronic Resources

How to create stable links for online journals, e-books, and off-campus access

What are stable links?

Stable links are URL's for online library resources (i.e., journal articles, e-books) that can safely be reused for off-campus access. To ensure compliance with copyright law, use stable links to share article- or chapter-level content within a learning management system (i.e., D2L) or in a class reading list. 


  • Stable links are persistent. URL's that appear in web browser navigation bars are often dynamic, meaning they are unique to each web browsing session. 
  • Stable links include MSU's EZProxy string in the URL. This string allows off-campus users to log in so publishers can recognize authorized MSU users. 

For questions about stable links, please contact Discovery Services at 517-353-8700 or

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