Answered By: Alice Kalinowski
Last Updated: Apr 14, 2017     Views: 35

Due to copyright restrictions regarding disseminating published work, it is best to provide students with a citation to access library materials. Most of the time, you can also include a permalink that allows direct access to a specific article available through the ULS.

The basic process of obtaining the permalink involves first finding the article in our electronic resources. The most reliable way to do this is to use the E-Journals search box to:

  1. search by the periodical's title
  2. use the appropriate link to access the periodical online, and
  3. browse the online periodical to find the specific article

To ensure the permalink works for those not on Pitt's network, such as students working from home,  you will need to add the following prefix to the link if not already present:

Adding the prefix to an existing permalink looks like this (yellow is the prefix, blue is the article's permalink):,uid&db=bth&AN=120270349&scope=site

The following video contains detailed instructions on this process.

Many databases and online journals have different interfaces and layouts, so keep that in mind when searching for a permalink.

If you have further questions, please Ask Us or contact your liaison librarian.

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