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Attention faculty: links to your course readings may fail

June 28th, 2012

ProQuest and CSA Illumina databases have a new URL.

What does this mean to you?
If you provide students with Persistent Links to course readings in these databases, your links must be regenerated or students will not be able to access the articles you selected. There is a Guide to the New ProQuest Platform (http://guides.lib.wayne.edu/ProQuest ) with videos and a list of affected databases. And, of course, you are always welcome to contact your Liaison Librarian (http://library.wayne.edu/info/staff/liaison.php) for your subject area if you have any questions or would just like more information.

What is a Persistent Link?
A Persistent Link (also called a stable link, durable link, permalink, or persistent URL) is a web address that will consistently point to a specific information source such as an ebook or article.

How do Persistent Links work?
The URL links directly to an article in a database, bypassing the need to search the database to find it again. The URL includes a WSU Library proxy prefix for “authentication.” In other words, off-campus students will be prompted to login with a user name and password allowing them to access the Library resource.

Why is it important to use Persistent Links?
There are two very good reasons for using Persistent Links.
1. Copyright Compliance
If you post content without appropriate authorization or permission, you may be in violation of copyright law or license restrictions. Persistent Links are an easy way to ensure Copyright Compliance.
2. Tracking Usage Statistics for Library Resources
Usage statistics help the library to purchase and retain the resources you want and need.

How do you create Persistent Links?
You can learn more about how to create Persistent Links on the Library’s website (http://library.wayne.edu/services/reserves/persistent_links.php) or use the Persistent Link Request form (http://library.wayne.edu/forms/persistent_link_request.php) and a librarian will be happy to help you by generating links to your course readings.