Create Stable Links

Create Stable Links


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This information is provided for faculty who wish to post library e-books or full-text articles for their students in BlueLine. To remove copyright concerns, faculty are encouraged to use a stable URL that students can open, instead of making a PDF copy. For more information, see Course Reserves.

First Things First

The Creighton Libraries use EZproxy to let our clientele view electronic resources, and to turn others away. The EZproxy login prefix is needed to ensure that students can open library links from off campus, even if they have already logged in to BlueLine. The EZproxy login prefix is:

Standard Linking Methods

One of the same three techniques for creating links to library content will work for a majority of the Creighton Libraries' databases and electronic collections.

Stable URLs

Most library database providers such as JSTOR and ProQuest provide a stable URL for each individual article. The stable URL for a given record will be labeled as such, or will be evident in the citation. You can then apply the EZproxy prefix and post the link in BlueLine. Note that articles from EBSCOhost databases have a "permalink" that already includes the login prefix.

Digital Object Identifiers (DOI)

Other database vendors such as ScienceDirect and SpringerLink provide a digital object identifier (DOI) for each article, instead of a stable URL. To create a link to these articles in BlueLine, use the article's unique DOI number, preceded by the DOI System URL: Then apply the EZproxy login prefix. This works for journals available to Creighton directly from the publisher.


Bookmarks are another standard method used by a handful of databases, including Gale Virtual Reference Library, and Access World News (newspapers). The bookmark for a particular item will usually be labeled as such, although there is little consistency from one database to the next.

Special Cases


Every record in JaySearch offers a permalink. First open the individual JaySearch record from your results list, then click on "Actions" (at right). You will find the permalink for that item available to copy-and-paste where needed.

Films On Demand

Films On Demand is a collection of educational films in streaming video. You can search and embed videos from Films on Demand using the red "f" icon in the BlueLine toolbar. To present multiple films or film segments with a single link, you can also create your own unique playlist with a Films On Demand user account.