Linking to Journal Articles

To link to articles in full-text databases, usually all that is required is to find the article and copy the URL from the top of the browser screen. This is true even when the URL is extremely long. However, not all databases are designed so that the web pages keep the same URL from one session to another. If the database does not use persistent or stable URLs, articles cannot be linked or bookmarked.

Generally, the following steps can be used to create a link from your document to an online journal article.

  1. Find the journal article.
  2. Find a stable link.
  3. Copy and paste the link.
  4. Add the proxy server address.

The library uses a proxy server to provide access to journal databases from off-campus (see How to Access Databases From Off-Campus). Adding the proxy server address to the beginning of the article address will allow your students to access the article from off-campus. The proxy server address is

https://ezproxy.centre.edu/login?url=

It should be added to the beginning of the url for the article, as in the following example.

https://ezproxy.centre.edu/login?url=http://search.epnet.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&an=9339452

Database-specific linking information.

Ebsco Databases

  • Search for the article
  • View the article's citation.
  • Copy the "PermaLink" URL from citation screen.
  • Paste the link into your document and add the proxy address to the beginning of the url.

JSTOR

  • Search or browse for the article
  • Copy the Stable URL link from the article list screen.
  • Paste the link into your document and add the proxy address to the beginning of the url.

LexisNexis

  • LexisNexis does not use persistent URLs. It is impossible to link directly to an article.

Last updated March 21, 2011