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Why doesn't my article URL work? What is a permalink?

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It's possible that if you copied the document link directly from your browser, your article link may not work correctly. If you are using a Library subscribed e-journal article in Blackboard from off-campus, or if you are using links to articles in your bibliographies, you may encounter the following errors: The link will either not be able to access the item, or you will be asked to reenter their VCSU username and password.

To work properly, you need to be using the permanent link, permalink, or document URL. This special URL will allow the student to be recognized as an authorized user and prevent the student from having to login twice to access the article. The "special URL" will contain the following characters at the beginning: "https://library.vcsu.edu:2443/login?url="

Please look for the special link above on nearly every database we offer, though do note that the location of this link may change form database to database. For more information about using permanent links, please visit our Persistent Linking Guide.