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Creating Stable Links to Electronic Articles: Introduction

This guide describes how to create stable links to articles licensed by the MSU Libraries.

Stable Links

This guide describes how to create stable links to electronic articles licensed by the MSU Libraries. Stable links are URLs to specific articles that should not change over time. Copying an article's URL from the address toolbar won't work in most cases because it may be specific to your current online session.

The process of creating stable links vary from resource to resource. Step-by-step directions for creating stable links for many resources available through the MSU Libraries are provided in the tabs of this guide or by selecting the vendor/publisher from the Table of Contents on the left.

To comply with copyright laws, you should link to an article in your online course or website using a stable link instead of uploading the PDF or text file.

Stable links are not available for every resource and some may become unstable after a period of time.

Questions/Need Help?

Please contact Julia Perez at perezj@mail.lib.msu.edu with any questions about stable links.

Other Names for Stable Links

Stable links may also be referred to as: stable URLs, persistent links, persistent URLs, permanent links, permanent URLs, durable links, durable URLs, or PURLs.

 
 

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