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RMI 4350: Enterprise Risk Management: Linking to Articles

What's a permanent link?

If you are going to link to articles from the library's databsases you will need to use permalinks (or persistent links, durable links or permanent links). URLs that are copied from our subscription databases are unstable.  So copying and pasting the URL from your browser won't work.  Permalinks allow you to link to articles in the library's databases. They also include the library's proxy URL and require off campus users to authenticate (via campusID and password) before opening.  Most databases have tools that allow you to generate permalinks to articles. 

The process for generating permalinks is slightly different depending on what datbaase you are using. If you don't see a permalink option on the databse you are using, you can paste this prefix in front of the article's URL:

Permalinks are not needed for freely available resources (GILFind, SSRN, Wikipedia, etc).

See our guide on linking to articles for more information on permalinks.


  1. Run a search and click on the article to which you want to create a link   

  2. Click the "Share" icon near the top of the article

  3. Add the GSU proxy URL prefix ( to the URL labeled "Within my account (Recommended)"

The result should look something like this: 

Proquest (ABI Inform Complete)

  1. Perform a search for the article that you need.

  2. From your search results, click on the title to pull up the abstract/individual item information.

  3. They call their persistent URL "Document URL". It is listed underneath so you may need to scroll down to see it. Select and copy this entire link.

Here’s an example:



  1. Search for the specific item in JSTOR.

  2. A stable URL is available in each item in the results list under "article summary".  You can also see the stable URL at the top of the article alongside the citation information once you open it. 

  3. Here’s an example of a stable URL in JSTOR:

  4. Copy the stable URL in a Word document or somewhere that you can edit it.

  5. Paste the GSU ezproxy prefix: in front of the given stable URL

 The finished persistent URL looks like this:

EBSCO (Business Source Complete, EconLit)

  1. Perform a search for the article that you need.

  2. From your search results, click on the title to pull up the individual item information.

  3. In the box on the right, click on “permalink”:

  4. The link pops up for you. Select and copy this entire link.

Here's an example:

LexisNexis Academic

  1. Search LexisNexis and click on the title of the item that you need.
  2. After the individual item opens, you'll see an icon for linking in the upper right.   It looks like a tiny clipboard with a linking symbol. Click it.
  3. A window opens with instructions to right click on the title to copy the link location.
  4. Here's an example of what you'll get when you paste that link:

  5. Now, add the proxy prefix,, to this for the complete link that you need:


Here's an example of a complete URL: