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Creating Stable Links to Journal Articles

Faculty are responsible for ensuring that their course materials comply with copyright law. Creating links to online resources instead of copying the files is one way of ensuring copyright compliance.

Start with the proxy server prefix

Students who are connecting from off campus, need to be routed through the UW Libraries proxy server in order to access licensed, UW restricted journal articles. These journals are identified by clicking on the "show license" link next to the online journal provider in UW Libraries Search and viewing the license terms.

To route requests through the proxy server, you need to add the following prefix to the beginning of the article's stable link:


NOTE: The proxy prefix is only needed for UW restricted journals. Adding the proxy prefix to non-licensed resources may prevent access.

Add the web address for the article

In most cases, you can navigate to the pdf, and copy the web address that displays in the browser's address bar (e.g. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bioe.12084/epdf)

    Adding the document web address to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

      Will give an off-campus accessible url that looks like this:


      The web address displayed in your browser's address bar is not always stable.  Sometimes it includes code that makes the reading accessible on your workstation for a short period of time.  You can see if a web address is stable by opening a different browser than the one you were using (e.g. Firefox instead of Chrome) and testing the web address you created.  If it doesn't work, there are extra steps that you can try:

      Look for a stable web address on the article/resource web page. Often there is a link that allows you to bookmark or jumpstart the article or email a link.

      Use the DOI (Digitial Object Identifier) for the article.
      Create a link by placing http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/ in front of the DOI. The stable link will look like http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12084

      NOTE: The link created using the DOI sometimes directs people to a choice of sources for the article, not all of which are available to UW clientele.

      Link to the Library Catalog record. Look for the reading in UW Libraries Search. In the upper right-hand corner of the Access Options tab, there is a Share/Save link.  Click on it and select Permalink.  Do not use the proxy prefix. The stable link will look like: http://alliance-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/UW:TN_scopus2-s2.0-84894103783

      Students will need to log in using the link in the upper-right hand corner of the page and click on the Access Options tab to access the reading.


      Library staff are available to help.  Use the Ask Us link at the top of this page.