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Link Builder

The purpose of this link generator is to create stable links to licensed e-resources that UNC faculty, staff, and students can access on- or off-campus.

How this works

Combine the UNC proxy prefix with the stable URL or DOI from the database. The proxy prefix allows access from off-campus (using Onyen login). You will want to copy and paste this first part of the link into your document or email:

Now look for the permanent link to your article, which will vary from database to database. Once found, copy and paste it at the end of the proxy prefix as directed below:

Databases will use symbols like this one to indicate that a permalink option is available. The symbol is of two connected chain links. By clicking on this symbol, or one similar, a pop-up window will open that contains the link. Copy and paste this link.

A DOI, or Digital Object Identifier, “provides an infrastructure for persistent, unique identification of objects of any type” (see for more information). These will look like a series of numbers with some punctuation breaking up the various sets (e.g. doi:10.1000/182). You will need to add to the front of the DOI then connect the URL that you have created to the proxy prefix.

Stable Links
Occasionally, permanent links will be referred to as stable without any symbols. Databases like JSTOR rely on these rather than the permalink or DOI functions to provide persistent links to their articles.

Bookmark or Cite If you are unable to find any of the above options for the article you are looking at, try the Bookmark or Cite options. Selecting to bookmark the article will typically pop-up a window that shows the persistent link to the article. If bookmark is unavailable, look for a cite option. This option will sometimes require you to save a text file (.txt) to your computer, but will include a link to the article. This link is considered to be the permanent link to the article since it would be used for a reference or works cited page.