Linking to Library Content


When linking to library resources:

  1. Use Persistent URLs to make the link stable
    1. Where possible, use a "Persistent" URL listed on the page with the resource, or click on "Link"
    2. The URL is sometimes labeled "Permanent" or "Permalink"
    3. In the Library Catalog, use the "Persistent Link to this Record" (you may need to scroll down)
  2. Use links going to the Mason Proxy server so it is accessible from off-campus
    1. Check for (or add) the Proxy URL if it is a subscription resource
    2. If the link includes “mutex" and "gmu” anywhere in the link then it is a stable link
    3. If not, you may create a link in some cases by affixing to the beginning of the doi link (see Proxy Links below for example):
    4. Need assistance? Please contact Mason Libraries' Distance Education Office at

Persistent URLS

E-journals & Databases

For e-Journals and Databases, the links from the library's webpages are properly formatted. Find your database or use the e-journal finder to locate the resources, then right click and choose “copy link location” to get the link.

Example: Search for the Quarterly Journal of Economics in the e-journal finder and right click to copy the link to use in courses.

Linking to an eJournal

Linking to Streaming Media

Two of our most used streaming media collections are Films on Demand and Academic Video Online

See below for tips for finding the appropriate permalinks in each.

Proxy Links


Example of a permalink that does not have the proxy url affixed:

Creating a proxied Url

Example of a permalink that includes the proxy url:

Url with proxy included


Films on Demand Linking

Films on Demand Proxied Url

Academic Video Online (and all Alexander Street Press Collections)

Alexander Street Press Permalink

Adding a Course Menu Link in Bb to link to Library Content

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