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Linking to E-resources @ UNH: Creating Persistent Links

Instructions for creating persistent links to e-journal articles, e-book chapters, and other online content.

Guide Contents




Directory of Open Access Journals

Ebook Central

EBSCOhost (Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, EconLit, ERIC, PsycINFO,  etc.)

EBSCOhost ebook collection

EEBO (Early English Books)

Freely Accessible



HighWire Press 



Literature Online (LION)

myilibrary ebooks


Project Muse


Safari Books Online


Science Direct

Single Journals


Taylor & Francis

Very Short Introductions

Wiley (aka Wiley-Blackwell)

Why use a Persistent Link?

Why use a persistent link rather than scanning or downloading the document into Canvas or other server? Copyright, copyright, copyright...and licensing agreements.

What is a Persistent Link/URL?

Call it a persistent link, a stable URL, a durable link, or a PURL - What's in a name? that which we call this web address By any other name would be as everlasting as the unchangeable sea.

The URL in the browser window while you are in a full-text database may be valid only during that session. The links that the database providers label as persistent are set up to work even if the files get moved to a different server.

Even so, you should re-check the links you create periodically since the Library's subscriptions may change or content may change to another provider.

Creating a link in mycourses/Canvas

IT has created a Knowledge Base article on the best way to set up reserve readings in mycourses/Canvas. It is available at:   


If you are having problems using mycourses/Canvas, call the IT Help Desk at 862-4242.

Why use mycourses/Canvas?

A mycourses page is set up for every course taught at UNH whether you add content or not. Student expectation of the use of mycourses and online content is very high. It allows access to content despite the weather, the hour, or the distance from campus.

Accessing online content via mycourses is an important component in copyright compliance; the authentication process guarantees that only students enrolled in the class are able to view the material.

Troubleshooting connection problems

What works well in one browser sometimes fails completely in another. For example, if you’re using IE try Firefox, Safari, or Opera.

In IE on Windows, it's all too easy to have told the browser not to open widows with mixed security.IE will ask if it's OK to open a non-secure window within that from. The default answer is No. This makes the ability to see the document more difficult. The setting can be changed in IE by:

                1.     In IE go to Tools > Internet Options > Security

                2.     Select the ‘Security’ tab

                3.     Click the ‘Custom Level’ button

                4.     In the ’Miscellaneous’ section change “Display mixed content” to Enable

Try the UNH Web VPN

If these methods don't work, use the Connect VPN  

Please note: the Enterprise VPN will not provide access; you must use the Connect VPN.

AD Users:  log in at

Non-AD Users: log in at

On first login, you will be prompted to install Pulse, the software used for Connect VPN access. If you prefer to manually install Pulse, visit VPN Help Page for download and instructions.

For future logins, you only need to enter your UNH username and password into the VPN login page. If you have any questions, or find that you are unable to connect to UNH Library’s online resources while using the Connect VPN, please contact the UNH IT Service Desk at 603-862-4242 or via the UNH IT help form