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Camosun Library faculty services: Permalinks

Persistent links and Camosun proxy prefix

Persistent links

Persistent links (also called permalinks, stable URLs, or document URLs) point to specific articles, journals, e-books, or searches from library research databases. They allow authorized users to access learning resources either on or off campus. Persistent links can be used within teaching materials, SharePoint, D2L, email or reference lists.

Best practice is to use the most direct link available (i.e. from the publisher or database) when providing links to your students.

Camosun proxy prefix

Persistent links to Camosun library licensed e-resources should start with the following string of characters:

Open Access articles do NOT require the proxy prefix.

NOTE: Not all databases provide persistent links in the correct format. Be sure to TEST permalinks on and off campus before sharing them!  Please contact the Systems & Discovery Librarian if you have questions, or email

Persistent links in EBSCOhost databases

Linking to an article from an EBSCOhost database such as Academic Search Complete? Do NOT use the session-based URL from the top address bar! Instead, look for the icon.


Persistent links in ProQuest databases

ProQuest databases such as Canadian Business & Current Affairs and Canadian Major Dailies use the term Document URL to refer to persistent links. You will find it towards the bottom of the Abstract/Details tab of the article record.

ProQuest Document URL

Persistent links in JSTOR

The JSTOR database provides stable URLs for specific articles or journals. If you want these to be accessible off campus you will need to add Camosun's proxy prefix:

  1. Find the article you wish to link to. For example:JSTOR stable URL

  2. From the search result page, look for the stable URL. Copy and paste this into your document.

  3. Copy the following string exactly as is and add it to the front of the stable URL:

  4. The complete search string should look something like this:

DOIs and persistent links

A DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is a type of permanent link often used to identify articles in online journals. It is generally found at the top of the article itself, or within the citation or abstract. Some of our providers who use DOIs include: SAGE Publications, Oxford Journals Online, ScienceDirect, Springer, Wiley, and more!

If you (or your students) will be accessing the article off campus using a DOI, you will need to add the Camosun Library proxy prefix to the article DOI to allow proper authentication.

To create a link using a DOI:

  1. Copy the DOI provided for the article into your document.

  2. If necessary, add the front of the DOI.

  3. Add the following string exactly as is (no spaces!) to the front of the URL:

  4. The completed link should look something like this: 

Permalinks in D2L

Linking to library resources such as ebooks, articles, or streaming videos in D2L?

Check out this helpful eLearning tutorial (PDF): Adding Links to library resources.

Persistent links & copyright

Planning on using persistent links in course packs or on D2L? Be sure to check out the information on our Copyright guide.

Searching by DOI

To search for an article by its doi (Digital Object Identifier) add the following prefix:  

Off campus? Be sure to add the Camosun proxy prefix as well.