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How to Create Persistent Links in ClinicalKey

Knowing how to create a stable/persistent/permanent URL is critical when you are linking content in a course management system like D2L/Brightspace.

There are two ways in which you can create a persistent link from ClinicalKey.

Option 1: Consult the durable URL list provided by Clinical Key. (see link below).  Add the library proxy URL (https://dmu.idm.oclc.org/login?url=) in front of the URL for the specific resource you need. Need more information? Please consult our D2L/Brightspace and the Library guide.

Option 2: Create your own based on the URL you find in the address bar.  The URL you see in the address bar will be different depending on whether you are on or off campus. Are you working on or off campus when creating your persistent links?

Option 1: Creating Links When Working ON CAMPUS

Are you working on campus? Please note the URL of the document you wish to link to. This URL is probably not  configured in a way that will work off campus on its own. If you don't see dmu.idm.oclc.org embedded within the URL string we will need to fix this URL.

To make the URL in the above example work both on and off campus, add the library proxy server URL to the start of the URL you see in the above example.

For example, add this section:  https://dmu.idm.oclc.org/login?url=

to the start of this section: https://www.clinicalkey.com/#!/content/journal/1-s2.0-S1083751514001168

to create this URL: https://dmu.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://www.clinicalkey.com/#!/content/journal/1-s2.0-S1083751514001168

You can right-mouse-click on the pdf symbol as well to retrieve the URL for the pdf. The add the proxy prefix like in the example above. This URL should also work both on and off campus. However, depending on what browser students are using, etc. the document may open up, or there may be a pop-up asking if the browser can open the pdf. And students may miss this pop up.  But we did want to acknowledge that direct linking to the pdf should work as well.

 

Option 2: Creating Links When Working OFF CAMPUS

Step One. Locate the item you want to link to.  In the case of journal articles, you have two options to choose from.

Option A: See the URL in the address bar? You persistant URL is ready to go! Just copy and paste this URL into your course site. This URL should have dmu.idm.oclc.org embedded within the URL string. This URL will work from both on and off campus and should take users back to the record within ClinicalKey where the pdf of the article can be downloaded.

Option B: You can right-mouse-click on the pdf symbol. This URL should also work. However, depending on what browser students are using, etc. the document may open up, or there may be a pop-up asking if the browser can open the pdf. And students may miss this pop up. Option A is probably a better choice. But we did want to acknowledge that direct linking to the pdf will work as long as the URl has the dmu.idm.oclc.org embedded within the URL string.

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