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FAQs: Permalinks

Why Permalink?

Permalinks are permanent URLs that take users directly to an article or ebook from on or off campus. They comply with vendor licensing agreements (which sometimes prohibit posting PDFs), and they allow the library to collect some usage statistics (for example, how many times a title is downloaded. We do not track any personal information.)

Permalinks to the library catalog

Search the WKU Library catalog for an article or ebook. Click "..." to the right of the item:

book title from library catalog with three dots highlighted

Click "permalink" and copy the URL:

book title from library catalog with permalink icon highlighted

Paste this link in Blackboard or in your powerpoint. On or off campus users will go to a record like this:

book title from library catalog with link to full text highlighted

When they click the link under "View Online" they will be prompted to log in with their netID and password and can then access the full text resource. 

Permalinks to database content

You can permalink to content in most library databases. For example, in any EBSCO database click the title of the article to which you want to link:

sample article title from EBSCO database

This will take you to the full text of the article or to the detailed record. Under detailed record click the permalink icon and copy the URL:

article record from database with permalink icon highlighted