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Faculty: Integrating Library Resources into Canvas

This guide will show how to obtain permalinks to journal articles, ebooks, and ebook chapters found in the Library's online research services. Permalinks can be used to create links to learning objects in Canvas courses

What is a Permalink?

A permalink is a web address or URL that consistently and reliably points to a specific online information source, such as a journal article, an ebook, a chapter in an ebook, a record in the catalog, an online video, or an online research service. Permalinks are also know as stable links, durable links, persistent links, permanent links, or document links.

Permalinks also invoke the authentication needed to identify you as a member of the Rider University community, who has an entitlement to use the online service. Permalinks can be placed within Canvas, course web sites, syllabi and readings lists. They allow students to access articles by linking to Rider Libraries' electronic subscriptions.

How Do I Find Permalinks?

Most research databases provide permalinks somewhere in the detailed bibliographic record. The terms used and the location of these links in the record vary from one service to another. Use the tabs on side, to find out how to find permalinks in each platform.

Why Can't I just Copy the URL in my Browser's Address Bar?

Web addresses (URLs) that appear in the address bar (URL) of your web browser when you search the library's subscription databases usually contain dynamically generated session. They will often not work when copied and used at a later time after you've closed your current browser session. EBSCO URLs are a very good example of this type of temporary, session-specific URL. This is why you have to know how to locate permalinks; you can't rely on the URLs that appear in browser address bars.