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Sources for your courses: Creating stable links

A stable link is a link that provides off-campus access to the licensed online resources* in the Library's collection. Stable links may also be referred to as persistent links.

*Licenced online resources are materials such as ebooks, journal articles, and streaming video content coming from databases that UVic Libraries subscribes to.  In other words, this is not freely available material and requires a Netlink ID to access. Some examples of providers of this content are: EBSCOHost, JSTOR, Science Direct.

How to create a stable link

A stable links consists of two components; a proxy prefix for off-campus access, and the stable URL and/or DOI.  Linking using the DOI is the preferred method as DOIs never change.

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UVic's ezproxy prefix is always:

Create a stable link using a DOI

Citation: Berghel, H. (2017). Lies, damn lies, and fake news. Computer, 50(2), 80-85.

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Create a stable link using a URL

Citation: Spithoven, A. (2009). Why U.S. Health Care Expenditure and Ranking on Health Care Indicators Are so Different from Canada's. International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, 9(1), 1-24. Retrieved from

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