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Linking to articles and films: EBSCO and ProQuest

Creating persistent URLs or PURLs

Discover at Georgia State University

Discover is the default search box for the library homepage. It searches most of the libraries collections including journals, books, special collections, and more. It searches both print materials and online full text materials. This discovery tool is an EBSCO product, and has EBSCO features.  To link directly to specific articles in Discover, click on the title in your search results to pull up the specific item.  Then click"permalink" in the column on the right. Copy and paste the "permalink" into your coursepage or syllabus to provide easy access to the article.

How to find the persistent URL

If you are logged in or on-campus and using any one of the many databases provided by either of these two vendors, you will be provided with a persistent URL by following these steps:


  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:,shib&db=psyh&AN=2019-15050-008&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=gsu1



In ProQuest:

  1. Perform a search for the article that you need.
  2. The URL in the URL bar works just fine. (OR Once you find your article, click the "Abstract/Details" option  to pull up the individual item information. Proquest calls their persistent URL "Document URL". You may need to scroll down to see it. Select and copy this entire link.)

 Here’s an example: