Q. What is a permalink and where will I find it?


A permalink is a static hyperlink. Each session in an article or ebook database is unique, so copying and pasting the URL from your browser's address bar to share with others or to save for your future research needs will not work. Most databases provide a permalink feature that allows users to share a link to a specific article or book, to save the link for future access, and to use as required in a bibliographic reference in a research paper. (JSTOR calls this feature a stable URL.) See the images below for examples from different vendors.

Journal publishers like Taylor & Francis or Wiley use the DOI system. A DOI functions as a permanent link to an article or book chapter. For more information on the DOI system, please see our FAQs below.


  • Last Updated May 12, 2020
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  • Answered By Carrie Beth Lowe

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