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Oxy’s library databases, such as those from JSTOR, EBSCO, and ProQuest, provide a wealth of resources for instruction and research. Professors can link to articles found through these resources by adding the article’s permalink (also known as durable or stable links) to their Moodle site. There are several reasons to link to an article rather than uploading the article as a PDF or other downloaded file:

  • Copyright compliance. It is always permissible to link to an article, whereas uploading an article may require permission.
  • Usage Data. The Library collects data on how often and how many articles are downloaded.  Linking to an article gives a more accurate representation of usage and can be critical when making decisions about keeping databases or journal subscriptions.
  • Information Literacy. Linking to articles exposes students to where they came from and can generate a better understanding of and appreciation for the information ecosystem and how to navigate it.
  • Accessibility.  Articles in library databases are typically “cleaner” than those scanned from journals and consequently more accessible, particularly for anyone with impaired vision.

In general, to add a URL to a Moodle site, click Turn editing on in the upper right hand of your Moodle page, then click  Add Activity Clickat the bottom of a section. In the pop-up window, scroll down and select “URL” which is under the “RESOURCES” heading, then click Add.

Under the settings for editing your new URL, you add a name and, optionally, a description. For the name, consider providing a proper bibliographic citation to model the kind of citing practices you expect from your students. Under the name of your URL link a textbox is available to paste an External URL. This is where your permalink URL will be pasted.


Depending on which database resource you are using, the process for retrieving the permalink may be different.

Click on the library database vendor that you are using:




EBSCO Permalinks

To find the permalink in EBSCO databases, find an article that has the full text to which you wish to link. On the right hand side of page, there is a Tools tab (it may or may not be expanded. Clicking on the double arrow will make the Tools tab appear). Click on Permalink:


A green bar will pop up above the title of your article. Double-click this link and copy it.


Paste this copied link into the External URL box on the Edit URL Settings page, then click Save to save your linked resource.

JSTOR Permalinks

To find the permalink for JSTOR, navigate to JSTOR and find a resource to which you wish to link. In the article’s description, there will be a line called Stable URL. The URL following this will be the URL to copy and paste into the External URL box on the Edit Settings page in Moodle. Make sure to click Save to save your linked resource.


ProQuest Database

To find the permalink in ProQuest databases, find an article available in full text to which you wish to link. Click on the Abstract/Details section.

proquest1 Then scroll past the abstract to the details section. Near the bottom there should be a row labeled Document URL. The URL next to this label is the URL to copy and paste into the External URL box on the Edit Settings page in Moodle.


Make sure to click Save once you’ve added and edited your linked resource.