Persistent Links are URLs that connect users directly to a library database or article by clicking a link embedded in a webpage. Persistent links can be useful when creating syllabi, online reading lists or bibliographies and other research tools. Persistent links can assist instructors in complying with copyright rules when downloading an article from a library database and making it available through a Scholar course or departmental website may not be allowed by the database vendor's contracts with the University. Linking to these articles also provides the University Libraries with more consistent usage statistics for our databases.
Everything indexed in Summon has a persistent link: almost all of our ebooks, all our our print materials, the majority of the articles in our subscribed journals, plus conference proceedings, government publications, reference sources, and dissertations. Simply search Summon, right-click on the result you need, and copy the URL. It will be in the form http://vt.summon.serialssolutions.com/link/0/ followed by a long string of characters.
The advantage of this URL is it will always point to the Summon record for this item (the article, ebook, journal, print record, etc) even when the source for that item changes: the journal switches publisher, the ebook changes platforms, or even when the item is no longer available through our subscriptions. The user will always be directed to our current form of access for the item. If we do lose access to an item, the user will see a Get VText screen that will offer access through interlibrary loan.
While not all the content to which the library subscribed is included in Summon, so much content is there that this method of linking is the best way of connecting users to these items.