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Stable Links for Electronic Resources

How to create stable links for online journals, e-books, and streaming media

Create Stable Links to E-Books Used in Course Reserves

If an e-book has been assigned to Course Reserves by an instructor, it is best to use the Permanent Record Link in the online catalog for that specific e-book. 

To find the permanent record link for an e-book used in a course:

  • When you are on the catalog page for the e-book, scroll down to find the Permanent Record Link at the bottom of the page. It will contain the string: Use this as your stable link. It will provide access to the e-book, but users will still need to navigate to the specific content.


Creating Stable Links to E-Book Chapters

To create a stable link to a chapter or section of the e-book, locate the PDF link for that chapter/section. 

For example, the URL for the PDF of the chapter in this example is

  1. Since this URL includes, this is your stable link.
  2. See Stable Links Tips & Tricks for troubleshooting suggestions if your stable link does not work as expected.

If you need a stable link to the full e-book, it is best to use the Permanent Record Link from the library's online catalog as your stable link. This will provide access to the e-book and users will have to navigate to specific content within the e-book on their own. 

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