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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 persistent links is and how to use them. In addition, a few simple steps will outline how to identify and create these links on your own.

What is a persistent link?

A persistent link is a permanent link designed to provide access to an online article, database or saved search. These links can be used in Blackboard 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 (viewers will still have to sign in through our proxy server to access from off campus).

Why use persistent links?

  • Persistent links are permanent.
  • Persistent links simplify the process of obtaining an article.
  • Faculty may create links to their own publications.
  • Articles may be integrated directly into courses rather than merely remaining on the library's website.

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
Main Library: 864-503-5620