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Stable URLs

Faculty: providing your students with a stable URL for books, articles and electronic reserve items gives them fast access to the readings without having them come into the library. This guide talks about the nuts and bolts of constructing these URLs.

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Notice: As of July 15, 2015 any URL that has cpp.edu in it will cease to work.  That part of the URL should be changed of cpp.edu.

Library Catalog

When you find an item in the Library Catalog look down the page to find the link "Permanent URL to this title". Click on that link.

(You can also try to highlight and copy that link, but I have trouble doing that; that's why I use the method in the next screen).
Screenshot of the Library catalog showing link to the persistent link

Take the URL from the top of the browser.

 

There is no need to apply WAM authentication, as the link in the catalog takes care of that.  (In this case, this book about Obama has no electronic version, so authentication is not an issue).

About linking to hard copy books: you should probably tell your students that this is an item they will have to come to the library to get.

You might want to also give them a link to this FAQ item:

What do I do if I can't find a book on the shelf?
http://libanswers.library.cpp.edu/a.php?qid=17079

Screenshot showing resulting persistant link
You can apply this method to electronic books, entire journals, and hard copy books.

Examples:

Gale encylopedia of Science
(An elecronic book):
http://opac.library.cpp.edu/record=b1600143~S5

Beyond the invisible hand : groundwork for a new economics (An elecronic book):
http://opac.library.cpp.edu/record=b1819441~S4 

Journal of Cultural Heritage (An electronic journal)
http://opac.library.cpp.edu/record=b1562118~S1

Applied Soil Ecology (An electronic Journal)
http://opac.library.cpp.edu/record=b1544068~S3

Harvest Empire: A History of California Agriculture
http://opac.library.cpp.edu/record=b1235697~S4 (A hard copy book: they will have to come into the library to get this)

Culinaria : The United States : a culinary discovery
http://opac.library.cpp.edu/record=b1530759~S4 (A hard copy book that is library property on Reserve;  they will have to come into the library to get this.  See tab at top for more on linking to reserves that are e-reserves or faculty property)  

Google Books Free E-books (and some articles, too)

You can link to a Google Books Free E-Book: Click on "Link" and then copy and paste the URL:

screen shot from google free E-books

Examples:
 
Huckleberry Finn
http://books.google.com/books?id=-bAIAAAAQAAJ&dq=huckleberry%20finn&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false

Black Belt Magazine Article
http://books.google.com/books?id=7dkDAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA68&dq=black%20belt%20gracie&pg=PA66#v=onepage&q=black%20belt%20gracie&f=false

Ebrary Chapters and Specific Pages

To create link to e-book chapter or specific page, navigate your way to that part of the book you want to link to. Click on the "share link" icon and copy the URL that appears.

ebrary share link icon

example:

Chapter on Irrigation and Fertilization in the book Tomatoes:
http://site.ebrary.com/lib/csupomona/reader.action?ppg=181&docID=10157970&tm=1424462242226

Ebscohost Ebook Collection Chapters

To link to a chapter in an Ebscohost Ebook, go to that chapter - click on the permalink icon on the right; a permalink window will appear towards the top; highlight and copy the permalink URL. screen shot from ebscohost ebooks

Example: 

Link to chapter 18 of Careers in Food Science
http://proxy.library.cpp.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=338135&site=ehost-live&ebv=1&ppid=pp_197 

Amazon.com

In Amazon.com, once you get a page for a single book, click on the "Share" link (which in this case appears on the right) and a window will appear with a very nice short permalink.  Keep in mind that you really can't read much of the book on Amazon, but this is a good way of identifying a book.  Also keep in mind that this is a link to specific version of the book (hardback vs paperback, etc.).

screen shot from Amazon.com showing the SHARE link and the resultant window

In some cases, the "share" link will appear towards the center of the page, rather than the right side.

screenshot from Amazon.com showing the alternate location of the share link

Barnes and Noble

In bn.com, once you get a page for a single book, click on the "E-mail to a friend" link on the right, and a window will appear with a  permalink.  Keep in mind that you really can't read much of the book on bn.com, but this is a good way of identifying a book.  Also keep in mind that this is a link to specific version of the book (hardback vs paperback, etc.).

Note: Since the above was written, BN.com does not consistently display the "E-mail a Friend" link.  If that is the case, just take the link from the top of the browser.

screen shot from bn.com showing the SHARE link and the resultant window