Persistent Links

General Information

Seneca Libraries offers access to a large library of online resources (74 000+ full-text online periodicals, 198 000+ full-text online books, 31 000+ streamed videos). Although copying for class distribution is occasionally allowed (please check with the copyright technician at or x77527), sharing files through email is generally forbidden. However, sharing hyperlinks to files is permitted and encouraged. The manuals below will provide you with the necessary information to create persistent links.

Persistent links provide an advantage over the standard copy-and-paste web browser address bar links because they are stable or “persistent” over time. Web browser address links are often search-session-specific and become non-functional in a short period of time.

You can create direct links to a variety of online content such as:

  1. Full-text articles and citations from newspapers, magazines, journals or reference works
  2. Periodical titles (title level access to journals, magazines, newspapers)
  3. Full-text books
  4. Streamed videos in some of our video databases
  5. User-defined searches (a link that launches a pre-defined search which retrieves “fresh hits” each time it is clicked)
  6. Specific databases
  7. Library catalogue records (direct links to holdings information for items held in Seneca Libraries)

Your starting point is Seneca Libraries at From there, you can access a complete list of databases through “Databases”.

Familiar with the vendor instructions and only require the proxy prefix? Here it is:

Instructions to Obtain Persistent Links

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are working within Blackboard (MySeneca), you MUST use the "Add URL" function to embed a persistent link into your Course Page. If you just paste the link into the description of an item, the link will not work.

ACM Digital Library LexisNexis
AdForum Library Catalogue (Seneca Libraries)
Books 24X7 NBC Learn
Britannica Online Open Access Journals (DOIs)
Databases (Persistent Links for Product Access) Oxford Art Online
EBL (e-books) Oxford Reference
ebrary (e-books) Publication Titles (Journals, Magazines)
EBSCO Databases ProQuest Databases
Films on Demand Quicklaw (LexisNexis)
Gale "InfoTrac" Databases Safari Books Online
Gale "in Context" Databases SAGE Journals
IEEE (ASPP) ScienceDirect
JSTOR Taylor & Francis Journals
Wiley Online Library Journals