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Stable Links for Electronic Resources

This is a how-to guide for creating permanent, stable links to MSU-owned full-text articles from online journals, e-books, and streaming video or other media.

Create Stable Links for Off-Campus Access

Licensing agreements for online library resources require use of the EZProxy in order for a link to be stable and usable from off-campus. This EZProxy directs users to log in with their MSU information for access and allows publishers to recognize authorized MSU users. 

Some library content providers include our EZProxy information in their stable links, while others do not.  This guide provides examples of both links that include this information directly from the provider and links that must be modified in order to include it. 

  • If the link from the provider includes at the beginning, OR if it includes or somewhere within the URL, you can use this URL as your stable link WITHOUT further modifications.
  • If the link from the provider does NOT include any of these elements, add to the front of the URL to create your stable link.
  • Do NOT add to the front of your stable link if proxy information is already included in the link, as repeating proxy information could cause links to not work properly.
  • See Stable Links Tips & Tricks for troubleshooting suggestions if your stable link does not work as expected.