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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Ever heard these?

"The link you gave us didn't work."

"I can't access that article you told us to read."

"The URL was broken."


The Solution:

Use Persistent Links or Permalinks!

This LibGuide will show you how.

  • Start by selecting the tab for the database where the article you want to share is housed and follow the step by step instructions.

If you have any difficulty, don't hesitate to contact the library:

  • Fort Steilacoom Reference Desk: (253) 964-6555
  • Puyallup Reference Desk: (253) 840-8302

What are they?

A Persistent Link or Permalink is a hyperlink to an article or essay in a database or website, enabling direct access to the article or page.


Why use them?

Can't I just copy the URL from the browser's address bar?

Yes, you can, and sometimes the URL from the brower's address bar will work just fine but....

Sometimes the URL in the address bar is made up of unique parts based upon how you accessed the article, whether passwords were involved, or search terms.  When another individual tries to use that address, the link is broken because they cannot duplicate the unique circumstances where the address was generated.  In other words, they can't follow your exact steps to reach the same spot.  By using a Permalink, they get the address for the article and can reach the same destination.


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