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Persistent Links

General Information

Seneca Libraries offers access to a large library of online resources such as full-text online periodicals, e-books, and streamed videos. Although copying for class distribution is occasionally allowed (please check with the copyright staff at, 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 system 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”.


Instructions to Obtain Persistent Links


If all you need is Seneca Libraries' EZproxy prefix, it is:

However, please note that it is not always possible to create a durable link simply by adding that before any URL from a database. Some databases have more specific requirements, detailed below.


IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are working within Learn@Seneca (Blackboard), 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 may not work.

ACM Digital Library Films on Demand
AdForum Frontier Life OHSInsider
Audio Cine Films Gale "InfoTrac" Databases Open Access Articles
Bloomsbury Fashion Central (Berg Fashion Library, Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases, Fairchild Books Library) Gale "in Context" Databases Ovid
Britannica Online HRInsider Oxford Reference
BuildingGreen IBISWorld ProQuest Databases
Can-Core Academic Video IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) Publication Titles (Journals, Magazines)
Canada Commons Irwin Law Books Archive via vLex QP Briefing
CRC ENGnetBASE (Taylor & Francis) The Journal of Commerce Online Safari Books Online (a.k.a. O'Reilly for Higher Education)
Criterion on Demand JoVE Science Education Safetyhub
CSA OnDemand JSTOR SAGE Business content (SAGE Books & Reference, SAGE Business Cases, SAGE Research Methods, SAGE Skills, SAGE Video, and Data Planet)
CultureGrams Kanopy SAGE Journals Lawyer's Daily ScienceDirect
Databases (Persistent Links for Product Access) Lexis Advance Quicklaw Skillsoft Books (formerly known as Books24x7)
DSM Library Library Search (Seneca Libraries) SpringerLink Journals
Ebook Central LinkedIn Learning (formerly Statista
EBSCO Databases LWW Health Library: Made Incredibly Easy! Taylor & Francis Journals
EBSCO eBook and Audiobook Collection MarketLine Advantage Techstreet Enterprise
Emerald eJournals Premier Academic: Packaged Facts Wiley Online Library Journals
Engineering Case Studies Online Mintel Reports Women's Wear Daily (WWD)
Europa World Nexis Uni