How to Find or Construct Persistent Links to Full Text Journal Articles in the Library's Databases.
Most of the full text databases provided by the Meriam Library now provide Persistent Links that allow users to copy and reuse links that take readers to content at the article level. (One exception is Lexis Nexis Academic, which is limited to journal title level linking only.)
Persistent Links are URLs that are generally stable (versus permanent) and in most cases are provided by the database itself. You can usually find them on the citation/abstract page for an article, or on the article page itself. In most cases, the URLs displayed the address bar of your web browser are not stable and cannot be reused for linking purposes, although there are a few exceptions.
Because our library journal subscriptions are licensed only for CSU, Chico faculty, staff, and students, all links must have our proxy server address appended to their front end to authenticate users if they are off-campus.
At CSU, Chico our proxy server URL is http://mantis.csuchico.edu/login?url=
Fortunately several our major databases providers like EBSCO and ProQuest automatically add the proxy address to the links for you, but in some cases you must add it yourself.
For example, a "stable URL" provided by JSTOR such as http://www.jstor.org/stable/30209878 lacks the proxy address. To function off-campus and you need to add it yourself.
Completed it now looks like this: http://mantis.csuchico.edu/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/30209878
Persistent Links come in two main forms, (1) persistent URLs, look like the above example and (2) DOIs (digital object identifiers)
DOIs are recognizable as all beginning with the number 10, such as this: 10.1016/j.iheduc.2003.11.004
DOIs also require the proxy address to work off campus and need an additional 3rd component: http://dx.doi.org/
A complete DOI link therefore looks like this: http://mantis.csuchico.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2003.11.004
For a list of Meriam Library full text databases with corresponding instructions on how to get links see this page: http://www.csuchico.edu/lcmt/linking/linkingarticles/howto.shtml
There is also another method to obtain Persistent Links by generating OpenURLS, but it is much more complicated. Chico's OpenURL generator is located at: http://sfx.calstate.edu:9003/chico/cgi/core/openurl-generator.cgi (Note: after filling in the boxes, click on the box in the bottom left to see the OpenURL)
For help and assistance with links contact James Tyler at: firstname.lastname@example.org