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This guide contains information about OpenAthens, the library's authentication system for online resources.

Linking to Library Resources


Permalinks are the easiest way to link to library resources in Canvas, course syllabi, reading lists, websites, and email. A permalink (also called a persistent link, permanent link, stable link, static link, or durable link) is a URL or web address that will consistently point to a specific library resource, such as a full-text article, ebook, ejournal, streaming video, database, or record in a database.

Why should I use permalinks? 

  1. URLs or links that appear in the address bar of your web browser when you search the library's databases may be session-based or search-based and will not work when copied and used at a later time.
  2. Linking to licensed library resources in Canvas, syllabi, and course reading lists is copyright compliant. Linking is recommended over posting digital copies of the full text of an article, a book chapter, or an image. 
  3. Each time a library resource is accessed, a use for that resource is counted. The librarians gather usage statistics and consider usage when making decisions about journal or database cancelations. 

How do I create a permalink? 

The easiest, fastest way to create a permalink to an individual article, ebook, or video, is in Fusion. In the record you want to link to, select the Permalink link in the toolbar on the right. A permalink you can copy and paste into Canvas, a website, or email, will appear. 

Fusion permalink example


Many resources have an option for creating permalinks. Be sure to test your permalinks before sharing.

OpenAthens links

In order to ensure USF users are able to access content, when you create the permalink for OpenAthens-enabled resources, one of these addresses will be likely be in the URL:

    1. ​Example:
    1. ​Example:

Some databases provide persistent links with these proxy addresses; resources from SAML providers do not. Addresses for SAML providers will not contain any "athens"information:

  1. Example:

WAM links

Other databases have not yet configured their resources for OpenAthens authentication. These resources are accessible via WAM and will have this address in the URL:

    1. Example:

Linking to Library Databases

On the Databases A to Z page, click the share icon to the right of each database. 

database link


database link

Copy the URL that appears in the pop-up box. 

The link provided is configured for access via OpenAthens.

Linking to eBooks and Streaming Videos

Each record in the library catalog has its own permalink.  

In the classic catalog, click on Link to this record in your selected record. 

link to this record


The permalink for that record will appear in the browser address bar and you may copy and use that link.

permalink in catalog



Linking to Journals

There are three ways to create permalinks to individual journal titles. 

1. In the classic catalog, select Link to this record to capture the permalink. 

link to journal in catalog

catalog journal URL

2.  In Journal Finder, search for your journal. Find the correct entry and click on the journal title. Select Permalink in the toolbar on the right and copy the permalink.

journal finder permalink

3.  In Journal Finder, search for your journal and find the correct entry. Look at the time span available in each database or publisher site and make a selection. Find and copy the permalinks on those sites.

EBSCO journal permalink


In this example, you may use the URL on the publisher site.

nursing journal URL