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How to make permanent links

The following are examples of where you can find the permanent links in some of our most popular databases. In some cases, you need manually add the CMU library's proxy prefix to the URL. For example:


Films on Demand



Issues & Controversies




Web of Science

CMU library Smart Search


Click into the full record for the article.

Locate the Permalink button in the right hand column.

Click on it and the permanlink for the article will appear. Copy and paste it into your research profile or course.

Films on Demand

Watch this video clip to see how a permanent link can be generated. CMU users on campus or off campus can use a permanent link to access videos from Films on Demand.


Open the link of the document

Click the link of "Permanent link to this page" on the top.


Locate the bookmark button in the upper right corner first,

Copy and paste the link located in the bookmark pop-up window.

Issues & Controversies

Click "Share" under "Page Tools," and then click "Share"

Click "Record URL" in the pop-up window, and copy/paste the link.


Click into the full record for the article in JSTOR.

Locate the Stable URL listed under the title, for example:

Copy and paste the URL into your research profile or course

Add the CMU library's proxy prefix  to the URL to enable access from both on and off campus.

for example, the permanent URL should look like this:


Follow this video clip to look for "Document URL"



Follow this video clip to look for "Full text links" on top right screen of PubMed,

Add CMU library proxy prefix in front of the doi link located in the full text provider page. For example, the permanent link should look like this:

Web of Science

Locate DOI in the record page, 10.1039/c6cs00930a

Add the DOI to for example,

Add CMU library proxy prefix in front of the whole DOI link, for example, the permanent URL should look like this:

Smart Search

Either copy/paste "PERMALINK," OR, follow this video clip to link the item directly.


What is a permanent link, why ...

What is a permanent link?

A permanent link also known as a persistent link, stable link, or permanent link, is a URL that connects directly to a specific full-text article, ebook, or streaming media, etc. in CMU Libraries' subscriptions.

Why should we use permanent links?

Permanent links can be placed within course materials in Blackboard, syllabi, readings lists, or research portfolios. They allow students to access articles, ebooks, videos, etc., directly from CMU Libraries' subscriptions both on and off campus.

Using permanent links helps CMU users in compliance with copyright law and database licenses, as well as provides the library with accurate use statistics for renewal decisions, for example, in a way that downloading full text articles from databases and then uploading them into users' courses materials and research portfolios.

How to link to articles?

How to link to a database?

How to link to an ejournal?

How to link to an ebook?

How to link to a streaming media?

What happens when you use a permanent link from off campus?

When you click on a permalink from off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your CMU Glob ID username and password before you are granted access to the linked information (usually an article from a database). Once you enter your username/password, the link should bring you directly to the article.

The guide is made by Rui Wang. If you have questions, please email:


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