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Stable Links for Electronic Resources

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

Stable Links for Resources found using the EDS Discovery Layer

Note:  the following instructions are for stable linking to journal articles only.  This method does not currently apply to stable linking for e-books, e-book chapters, or streaming media. 

  1. From the MSU Libraries homepage, search for your article title in the white box labeled Search Articles, Books & Media, Databases, and More.
  2. On the resulting page, click on See More at the top of the Articles column or See All Results at the bottom to reach the results list. 

  3. Locate the desired article in the list and click on the article title. 
    (Note: this search can produce results for which only an article abstract is available and not the full text.  If you see a prompt to Request through Interlibrary Loan in the left hand column after clicking on the article title, we do not subscribe to the full text, and you will not be able to create a stable link to this article.)
  4. Locate the Permalink option on the right hand side (in the Tools column at or near the bottom) and click this.  The Permalink should open across the top, above the article title.


  1. Since the Permalink URL contains, it is your stable link.  Note that users will need to click on the appropriate full text option on the left hand side once clicking on the stable link (examples include LibKey Instant PDF or Full Text Finder) to open the full text of the article successfully.
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