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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 the lock icon in the UW Libraries Catalog and on UW Libraries web pages. To route requests through the proxy server, you need to add the following prefix to the beginning of the article's stable link:

http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

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

Add the stable link for the article

This is the tricky part because the url displayed in your browser's address bar is not always stable.

There are a variety of ways to create stable links, depending on the source of the online journal. One way to determine the source is to search for the journal in the UW Libraries Catalog. The link to the online version of the journal says "Full text available from [specific source]..." If you find the article by searching in a database, you can usually identify the source by looking at the url that displays in you browser's address bar. The first part of the url will usually mention the source. For example, http://www.springerlink.com/content/l56787628012652u/fulltext.pdf comes from Springer.

Once you know the journal source, you can use the instructions below to identify a stable link to the article.

What if your journal source is not on the list?

  • Try combining proxy prefix with the url that diplays at the top of the screen. Or...
  • Look for 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 url will look like http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es802779y

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

Specific instructions for journals from common journal sources

URLs and access restrictions for electronic resources change frequently. The instructions below are accurate as of February 1, 2009. Be sure to check links at least once a quarter to make sure they are still functioning.

Allen Press

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://aaidd.allenpress.com/pdfserv/10.1352%2F2008.113:466-478

American Chemical Society

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1021/ac802297b

Annual Reviews

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://arjournals.annualreviews.org.offcampus.lib.washington.edu/doi/pdf/10.1146/annurev.anthro.36.081406.094425

Atypon

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www.atypon-link.com/ALEX/doi/pdf/10.2148/benv.32.3.225

Bioline

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Bioline is an open access journal source, so it's not necessary to add the proxy prefix

The stable url will look like this:
http://www.bioline.org.br/pdf?jb08113

BioMed Central

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • BioMed Central is an open access journal source, so it is not necessary to add the proxy prefix

The stable url will look like this:
http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1472-6785-5-7.pdf

BioOne

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.1093/1540-7063%282005%29045%5B0683%3ASTSOLW%5D2.0.CO%3B2

BMJ Publishing Group

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www.bmj.com/cgi/reprint/336/7638/262

CALIBER from the University of California Press

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://caliber.ucpress.net/doi/pdf/10.1525/jer.2008.3.3.1

CogNet from MIT Press

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/artl.2008.14.4.14400

Ebsco - includes Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, CINAHL, Health Source, Nursing/Academic Edition, MasterFILE Premier, PsycARTICLES

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Click on the article title (not the link to full text)
  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen
  • Copy the Persistent link to this record (Permalink)
  • The Permalink includes the proxy prefix, so there is no need to add it again

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rzh&AN=2009326420&site=ehost-live

Gale Group - includes Expanded Academic ASAP, Infotrac

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Click on the article title (not the link to full text)
  • Click on the green Bookmark this Document link in the middle of the page
  • Copy the resultant url
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://find.galegroup.com/itx/infomark.do?contentSet=IAC-Documents&docType=IAC&type=retrieve&tabID=T002&prodId=EAIM&docId=A191213832&userGroupName=wash_eai&version=1.0&searchType=CCLSearchForm&source=gale

Hein

  • Hein only allows linking to entire journal issues, not individual articles
  • Navigate to the pdf of the journal issue
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/ajgsp15&id=1&size=2&collection=journals&index=journals/ajgsp

HighWire

HighWire journals come from a variety of organizational websites. In most cases, the link that displays in the browser address bar is stable.

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

Hindawi

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Click on the article title (not the link to full text)
  • Right click on the link to Full-Text PDF at the right of the screen and copy the shortcut
  • Paste the shortcut into your application, adding it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www.hindawi.com/GetPDF.aspx?doi=10.1155/2008/469062

informaworld

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • The url that displays in the browser address bar is NOT stable. Instead, look in the middle of the first page. There is a listing for the DOI and the url of the stable link
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=
  • NOTE: This link goes to the citation page for the article, to see the pdf, students will need to click on the pdf link

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17453670810016902

IngentaConnect

  • Navigate to the journal table of contents
  • Right click on the title of the article and copy the shortcut
  • Paste the shortcut into your application, adding it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=
  • NOTE: This link goes to the citation page for the article, to see the pdf, students will need to click on the pdf link

NOTE: The url that displays in the address bar when you go to the pdf is NOT stable.

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/baaf/afj/2008/00000032/00000003/art00004

International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)

The url that displays in the browser's address bar when you view the pdf of the article actually goes to the table of contents, not the article itself. So you will need to follow the alternate steps below.

  • Go to the table of contents that includes the article you want
  • Right click on the DOI link that displays above the title and copy the shortcut
  • Paste the resulting url into your application, adding it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=
  • NOTE: This link goes to the citation page for the article, to see the pdf, students will need to click on the pdf link

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1107/S0108768108030152

JSTOR

  • Go to the table of contents for the journal issue
  • Copy the Stable URL listed after the article title
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/2666977

J-STAGE

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/ast/29/3/215/_pdf

Karger

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://content.karger.com/ProdukteDB/produkte.asp?Aktion=ShowPDF&ArtikelNr=151750&Ausgabe=240292&ProduktNr=224215&filename=151750.pdf

Liebert

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/bsp.2008.1030

MedKnow

MedKnow journals come from a variety of organizational websites. In most cases, the link that displays in the browser address bar is stable.

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

Medscape

Individual registration is required for Medscape. Links are not stable until after the user has registered. So it is not practical to link to readings from Medscape.

MetaPress

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www.metapress.com/content/j133627778513266/fulltext.pdf

Muse

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v051/51.2.moritz.pdf

Nature Publishing Group

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your browser's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090128/pdf/457528a.pdf

Open J-Gate

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your browser's address bar
  • Open J-Gate is an open access journal source, so it's not necessary to add the proxy prefix

Open J-Gate journals are from a variety of sources, so there is no common base for the urls.

Open Journal System

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your browser's address bar
  • Open Journal System is an open access journal source, so it's not necessary to add the proxy prefix

Open Journal System journals are from a variety of sources, so there is no common base for the urls.

Ovid - includes Lippincott

  • Go to the table of contents for the journal issue
  • Click on the Ovid Full Text
  • Click on Email Jumpstart on the right of the screen just below the link to the Full Text pdf
  • Copy url that appears in the Comments box of the email editing screen
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://ovidsp.ovid.com/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS&NEWS=N&PAGE=fulltext&AN=00044067-200407000-00004&LSLINK=80&D=ovft

ProQuest

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Click on the article title (not the link to PDF full text)
  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen
  • Copy the Document url
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=494924281&sid=1&Fmt=3&clientId=2302&RQT=309&VName=PQD

PubMed Central

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your browser's address bar
  • PubMed Central is an open-access journal source so it it not necessary to add the proxy prefix

The stable url will look like this:
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/picrender.fcgi?artid=2293310&blobtype=pdf

Sage

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your browser's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://jdr.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/87/5/475

SciELO

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your browser's address bar
  • SciELO is an open access journal source, so it is not necessary to add the proxy prefix

The stable url will look like this:
http://scielo.isciii.es/pdf/ejpen/v22n2/original5.pdf

Science Direct

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your browser's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MImg&_imagekey=B6V3S-4S9G97X-2-H&_cdi=5738&_user=582538&_orig=browse&_coverDate=01%2F15%2F2009&_sk=999569997&view=c&wchp=dGLbVzb-zSkWb&md5=d8da4ad97a8b05cea76860f0550cad7a&ie=/sdarticle.pdf

The long link is pretty ugly, but stable. There are two alternate ways you can create shorter links, but both have issues:

Science Direct recommends using the DOI to create a stable link

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Click on the article title, NOT the pdf
  • Right click on the DOI, located just above the article title, and copy the shortcut
  • Paste the shortcut into your application, adding it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2008.04.003
When students follow the link you construct, they are sometimes asked to "Select a website below to get this article." When they get this message, they should be instructed to choose ScienceDirect.

As an alternative, you can use the ScienceDirect email function to create a url for you.

  • Navigate to the html version of the article
  • Select the E-mail Article link on the right hand side of the page
  • Complete the form, sending the email message to yourself as plain text.. The email message that arrives will include the article's citation plus a stable link.
  • Add the url to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=GatewayURL&_method=citationSearch&_uoikey=B6V3S-4S9G97X-2&_origin=SDEMFRASCII&_version=1&md5=7752304277b6e5d40f61e8665e062b38
This link will lead to the html version of the article.

Springer/SpringerLink

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www.springerlink.com/content/l56787628012652u/fulltext.pdf

Wiley/Wiley Interscience - includes Blackwell-Synergy/Wiley

  • Search for article within the journal
  • Navigate to the pdf
  • Copy the url that displays in your broswer's address bar
  • Add it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=

The stable url will look like this
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/121377415/PDFSTART

Wilson Web/ H. W. Wilson

The url that displays in the browser's address bar is not stable. You must follow the instructions below instead.

  • Search for article within the journal table of contents
  • Click on the article title
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page
  • Right click on the link that says Click to copy the PDF full text article link and copy the shortcut
  • NOTE: Do not just click on the link because it will copy the citation into the clipboard as well as the url
  • Paste the link into your application, adding it to the UW proxy server prefix: http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=0

http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/jumpstart.jhtml?recid=0bc05f7a67b1790e0e56b64ca80c855af96fa51feaf4ae91c607065d8f0c66f0c31219a63ab84e8c&fmt=P

The stable url will look like this:
http://offcampus.lib.washington.edu/login?url=http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/jumpstart.jhtml?recid=0bc05f7a67b1790e0e56b64ca80c855af96fa51feaf4ae91c607065d8f0c66f0c31219a63ab84e8c&fmt=P