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Creating Persistent Links: Welcome!

Persistent Links Introduction

Welcome to the USC Upstate Library guide on creating persistent links to our electronic databases and articles. This guide will explain what a persistent link is and how it may be used. In addition, basic steps will be provided to assist with creating the links that consistently work properly.

What is a persistent link?

A persistent link is a permanent link designed to facilitate access to an online article, database or saved search. These links can be used in course management software, on websites or delivered via e-mail. It is also possible to generate links that allow viewers to access electronic resources from off-campus when the link is structured properly.

Why use persistent links?

  • Persistent links simplify the process of obtaining an article
  • Faculty may create links to their own publications
  • Articles may be integrated into the course, not simply residing on the library's website (where no clear connection to courses exists)


Persistent Link Example

For Monday, please read the following:

Udell, J. (2005). Secrets of Screencasting. Infoworld, 27(20), 34.


For Monday, please read the Secrets of Screencasting, by Jon Udell.


Practical Applications

There are many uses for persistent links in the classroom, including:

  • Providing reading lists to the students
  • Creating a list of personal publications
  • Saving links to specific searches in favorite databases
  • Providing students with links to preferred databases

Subject Guide

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Kevin Shehan
Coord. of E-Resources & Technical Svcs
Office: LIB 111B


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