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Troubleshooting library e-resources

Tips for accessing Camosun Library e-resources such as e-journals, e-books, databases, streaming videos on or off campus.

Trouble reporting

Problems with permalinks? Let us know!

Permalinks & copyright

If you're linking to library resources in course packs or on D2L, be sure to review our Copyright guide.

Permalinks 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. Do NOT use the URL in the top address bar as it will expire after your session ends!

From an indivdual article record:

  1. Select the Abstract/Details tab
  2. Look for the Document URL
    • Example:
  3. Test the permalink to ensure it works off campus.

ProQuest interface with Abstract/Details tab and Document URL highlighted

About permalinks

About permalinks

Permalinks (also called persistent links or stable URLs) point to specific articles, journals, ebooks, or search results within library research databases. They allow authorized users to access licensed resources on or off campus. Permalinks can be used within teaching materials, SharePoint, D2L, email or reference lists.

Basic permalink structure

[Camosun proxy prefix] + [database URL] + [unique resource ID or search string]


*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 library if you have questions.