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Build a Persistent Link

What is a persistent link and why do I need to build one?

URL Link Builder

Please build all your links from a computer on campus. (Due to the nature of the proxy service, the URL structure of links changes when off campus, making construction very complicated and difficult.)

If your current URL begins with https://libproxy.mtroyal.ca/login?url= then you do not need to build a new link -- your URL should work. If your URL does not begin with this prefix, then follow these steps:

1. Copy and paste your URL here:


2. Then

3. Copy the resulting link in the yellow box below into your documents.



Your new link should look something like this: https://libproxy.mtroyal.ca/login?url=http://aff.sagepub.com/content/26/2/154.full.pdf+html


DOI Link Builder

What is a DOI?

1. Copy and paste your DOI here:


2. Then click

3. Copy the resulting link in the yellow box below into your documents.


Your new link should look something like this: https://libproxy.mtroyal.ca/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0886109911405492


Persistent links are the safest and easiest way to share journal articles, book chapters and other online content with your students.

Providing a link to a library resource is a copyright-friendly way to enable students to make use of an item for individual study.

Persistent links allow students to access licensed electronic resources both on and off campus, and are created by adding an EZproxy prefix to regular web links and DOIs.


A DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is more stable than a web address, and allows for permanent identification of an article or other digital work.

Whereas a URL identifies a work's location, a DOI identifies the content of that work. Thus, readers should always find an article online by its DOI, even if its location changes (for example, if a journal changes publishers or is made available through a new database).

Links constructed with the DOI link builder will usually take readers to the article via one of the library's journal or database subscriptions.

A DOI typically looks something like this: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.05.001.


Need more assistance for those problem links? Contact your subject librarian.