Permanent links from Library Resources: Overview


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Permanent Links, or 'Permalinks', are a more stable, persistent shortcut to a record and ensure access to resources both on and off campus.

A permanent link URL directs to a specific electronic resource (full text articles, ebooks/chapters, streaming videos) from library databases.

If you want to link from the Readings Module in VU Collaborate to a journal article, e-book or chapter, or embed streaming video content in VU Collaborate, it is essential that you use a permanent link to that library resource platform or the library catalogue.

Updates to the Guide

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OpenAthens and Open Access

Updates to the Permanent Links Guide

IMPORTANT: The contents of this guide were most recently updated on the 5 December, 2023.

Updates will continue through 2023 as VU Library improves the way we link to online resources. We recommend checking the contents of this guide frequently as we continue to update advice and instructions.

Latest inclusion:

  • Access Resources on McGrawHill 
  • CCH iKnowConnect

About this guide

Use the tabs along the left hand side of this guide to find information on how to properly link to full-text journal articles, e-books, or online videos accessible through subscribed databases. These permalinks can then be inserted into the Readings Module in VU Collaborate, and used to embed streaming video content into VUC unit spaces. 


OpenAthens and Open Access

Some of our databases contain both subscription content and Open Access (OA) content. Identify OA content by the open padlock symbol, or the presence of Creative Commons license information.  Use direct links for OA content and do NOT convert links using the OpenAthens link generator.


     This content is licensed to Victoria University under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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