Creating a persistent link (permanent, stable) directly to a journal article will depend on the source of the article. Is the source of the material from a publisher's site or through an aggregator? Once this is established the EZProxy prefix (http://login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/login?url=) is added to the item URL (link). Please refer to the tip sheets at the left for information on creating or using persistent links from specific publishers/databases.
NOTE: An ‘aggregator’ is a database that obtains the full-text of articles from various publishers and makes the full-text available directly from within a database. Many of the EBSCO and ProQuest databases are 'aggregators'. In some cases, the library may license full-text from a particular journal via the publisher website as well as from one or more aggregator databases.
If the full-text of an article is available from more than one source, use the following to guide your decision regarding which source to use:
Use of the DOI (digital object identifier) to link to the full-text of an item.
For example, the complete EZProxy link for an item, available through the publisher, with the DOI, 10.1038/NPHYS4274 is: