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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 Microsoft Edge, try Firefox, Safari, or Chrome. Sometimes security settings may prevent connecting.

Try the UNH VPN

If these methods don't work, use the UNH VPN. Installation instructions are available at the  VPN Help Page:

To access library resources, use the optional configuration:

  1. Open Pulse Secure.
  2. Click on the + sign in the Connections section of the window to add a connection.
  3. Enter a name for the configuration (e.g. All Traffic) in the Name box.
  4. Copy and paste this URL into the Server URL box:
  5. Click the Add button.
  6. Now back in the VPN window, click on the Connect button for the "All Traffic" connection.

 If you have any questions about using the VPN, please contact the UNH IT Service Desk at 603-862-4242 or via the UNH IT help form

For more instructions or to report an access problem to the library visit our Technical Support page at