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Stable Links to Online Articles, eBooks & More: About Stable Links

Consistent access to online readings from Library databases requires links that are proxied and stable. This guide presents resources for this process.

Outcomes for Creating Stable Links

Working through this guide will assist you to:

  • Understand why and how proxied, stable/persistent/durable links may be used

  • Understand why it is important to construct them accurately and maintain them regularly

  • Be aware of how to construct a stable link for remote access using VIU's proxy prefix

  • Have greater confidence in creating and testing your own links

  • Know how to access help as required

Why Stable Links?

For online course readings to work well, on and off campus, each one must have a stable, proxied link.

These links or URLs may be known as persistent, durable, or stable, jumpstarts, or permalinks, depending on the source.

Offering links to readings offers many advantages over copying material, saving time and avoiding additional costs associated with reproduction and distribution.

Online Reading Links: Help

Assistance with linking to online library resources:

Ivan Cormier


ext. 2379

Library Reference


Your subject liaison librarian