Create Persistent URLs to Library Resources

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Have you ever captured URLs from electronic articles, databases or ebooks for your students, only to have the link not work when they tried to access the resource later? URLs are often not …

Have you ever captured URLs from electronic articles, databases or ebooks for your students, only to have the link not work when they tried to access the resource later? URLs are often not 'persistent' or 'durable' when copied from the top of the page. This session will show you how to make URLs that work every time, both on and off campus.

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  • 1. PERSISTENT URLS What? Why?? And How??? Ann Barrett Health Sciences Librarian September 1, 2011 Dal Libraries UnZipped Lightning Information Sessions for Faculty & Researchers
  • 2. Ever sent (or posted) a URL to students or colleagues that just wouldn’t work?
          • The URL is probably not ‘persistent’, or ‘durable’
  • 3. WHAT are persistent URLs?
    • A "persistent link" or a "durable URL" is a link that does not expire or change over time .
    • Persistent links are often used to link to academic articles, search results, or e-books.
    • Frequently needed with subscription based resources.
  • 4. WHY use persistent URLs?
    • Eliminate the “This link doesn’t work!” syndrome
    • Allows you to create URLs that work ON and OFF campus
    • Helps you work within fair dealing guidelines
    • Keeps you within the license agreement between Dalhousie and the publisher/vendor
    • These links should work from year to year in your OWL or course space
  • 5. HOW to make them? – there are 2 ways Method 1: from a Dalhousie Libraries database
    • Any of the Dalhousie Libraries databases offer either
    • (or both):
          • A “Permalink” feature to create persistent URLs
          • GetIt@Dal button that has a persistent link feature
    Online Tutorials: Persistent URLs: What are they? http://libcasts.library.dal.ca/Journals/URL/One/URL1.html Persistent URLs: How to make them. http://libcasts.library.dal.ca/Journals/URL/Two/URL2.html
  • 6. Method 1: Creating persistent URLs
    • from Dalhousie databases like…
        • Proquest
        • Ebsco
        • WorldCat Local
        • Pubmed
  • 7. EBSCO
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  • 9. PROQUEST
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  • 11. PUBMED
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  • 14. WorldCat Local
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  • 16. Method 2: Creating persistent URLs
    • from Dalhousie Libraries eJournals lookup Citation Linker… http ://sfxhosted.exlibrisgroup.com/dal/az
    Online Tutorials: Persistent URLs: What are they? http://libcasts.library.dal.ca/Journals/URL/One/URL1.html Persistent URLs: How to make them. http://libcasts.library.dal.ca/Journals/URL/Two/URL2.html
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  • 20. The problem of long URLs…
    • Tiny URL http://tinyurl.com /
      • can take this…
      • and make it into this.
    http://aleph1.novanet.ns.ca/F/JGT5UADJTKU4A1FH8K15TTKQAABI7TL4VTVBEV1B1JRDUAF9R4-54086?func=full-set-set&set_number=007098&set_entry=000029&format=999
      • http://tinyurl.com/3ffknav
  • 21. That’s it in a nutshell. Any questions? Dal Libraries UnZipped Lightning Information Sessions for Faculty & Researchers