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Create persistent links to library resources for course readings and more!
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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PURLs: Persistent Links to Library Resources

PURLs: Just a Click Away 

Linking to Course Readings: Creating Persistent Links to Library Resources

Persistent links (PURLs) connect students to articles and other selected materials from the library’s databases. Magazine, journal, newspaper, and reference-book articles, as well as eBooks and streaming videos, can be integrated seamlessly into online courses, instructor pages, email, and other web-based applications.

Database vendors supporting PURLs are: Ebrary, EBSCO, Gale, OVID, ProQuest and more. Check with your college librarian for more detailed information and assistance.

Basic Procedure:

1. Locate an article, ebook, or streaming video in the Library databases: 

2. Within the article, capture the persistent link (also called durable link, bookmark, or permalink). 

3. Add your college specific EZproxy® prefix: 

(Note: Some database companies automatically add the college EZproxy®, so be sure to check.)

4. Embed these PURLs in course management systems (i.e., Canvas), email, and other web-based locations. 

5. Test your PURLs from both on and off campus to assure student access.  Please model proper citation format when linking.


  • Consists of college-specific EZproxy® prefix + article persistent link
  • Links to specific article within CQ Researcher: Academic Freedom


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