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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

Why Should I Use Permalinks?

Why would you want to link to articles owned by Rider University Libraries rather than copying them directly into Canvas?

Licensing is one reason. You can link to an article in a database or e-journal and remain compliant with Rider's licensing agreement, but you cannot always copy an article and upload it to Canvas without permission. Failure to follow a licensing agreement can result in fines for the department and for the University.

Another good reason is that if you link to an article, the database keeps track of how often it is being used.  Librarians use this information when making decisions about journal or database cuts. Librarians also report this information to library administration.

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.