Permalinks (also called persistent links, persistent URLs, permanent URLs and stable URLs) are links that you can trust to get you back to that ebook, journal article, or other resource you found when doing a library search.
If you try to copy the web address you would usually use to get back to a website, but the thing you are trying to get back to came from a library database, chances are that address at the top that you usually copy will not work after you log out.
Permalinks are designed to be a link you can count on even after you log out. Most permalinks that you pull from library databases are designed to work both on campus and off campus. They are run through our EZ Proxy server, which can see (from your IP address) if you are on campus and take you straight to your target page. If you are off campus, EZ Proxy can determine that, too, and will you a chance to log in with your ULID and password before taking you to your target page.
There are also copyright compliance bonuses to using permalinks. If you upload PDFs of articles or eBooks in your Moodle course, you may be in violation of copyright law or licensing agreements with providers of our online resources. Permalinks allow you to reliably link to online resources and help ensure that you are copyright compliant.
If the link you copied starts with "eds.a.ebscohost" it will not work after your current session.
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