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Last Updated: Jan 14, 2015 URL: Print Guide

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General Information

Background on Persistent Links

  • URLs that connect users directly to library database articles
  • Easily built and useful when creating online syllabi, reading lists, bibliographies and other research tools
  • Persistent links are also termed "durable" or "stable" links because the links continue to work over time (usually for months or even years)
  • Assist instructors both to comply with copyright law and to save money on the purchase of copyright permissions. Electronic articles and books accessed from USAWC persistent links are paid for in database license agreements. In effect, accessing articles by hot-linking into a library database has been pre-paid by the library.
  • Faculty, Staff, and Students will be able to access articles via persistent links almost anywhere in the world

Linking to an Article

Many databases with full-text articles provide "Persistent link" capabilities. Different databases use different means for persistent links to articles (i.e. it's not always a simple matter of copying the address from the address window of your browser). A method to find the persistent link for each database is provided below. A list of our available databases can be found at the Library's website.

Important Tips

  • Persistent URLs will generally not have the words "session ID" or "results" in the URL
  • Persistent URLs will continue to work if you delete your browser files, or if you click on them from another computer
  • Persistent URLs will continue to work if you click on them a few days later
  • Use the Link builder for the best results -


For Step-by-Step Directions for Creating an EZproxy Link click here

If you have any questions, please contact the Research Librarians at


Access Solutions

How to Obtain a Username and Password

Remote USAWC Portal users can obtain a current username and password from the EZproxy login page or here. Authenticated DDE users can obtain a username and password from the DDE Education Online server's News and Events section.

How to Test Your Link

If you are linking articles on-post, first click here to force Internet Explorer to behave like it is off-post. Next CLOSE THE WINDOW YOU JUST OPENED. You can now click on the article link you created. You will be brought to the EZproxy login page. Your link will now work like it is being used off-post. EZproxy requires a username and password for access.

After you have finished testing your link(s), click here to reset your Internet Explorer back to normal. Again, CLOSE THE WINDOW, then SAVE AND CLOSE your file. (If you are using Word, as long as your document is open, your computer will continue to act as if it is off-post.)


Link Builder

Stable Link Reformat

Use this tool to reformat database links for off-site access.

Please make sure that you have selected the proper link from the database - see this page for details.

If you have a link that looks similar to this - 10.1080/03071847.2014.927989 (called a DOI), you must add the following to the front of it: before you go to Step 2.

STEP 1 - Paste URL below
STEP 2 - Click on the button below


STEP 3 - Copy and paste the below link into your syllabus:


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