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Creating Persistent URLs (PURLs)

Provides step-by-step instructions for creating persistent links to resources in the online library catalog and some of our most popular databases. Questions? Contact Library Technical Services at

Creating Persistent URLs for Ovid: Books & Ovid Journals

★ Persistent links in Ovid Books are called Jumpstart URLs 


  1. After you navigate to the chapter of the book you want, click on the link at the top of page that says Email Jumpstart. 


    location of Email Jumpstart link

  2. A new box pops up. Highlight and copy the URL in the box at the top (it's usually very long- be sure to get the entire thing). Note that you can also email the URL to yourself, if you wish.


    copy & paste Jumpstart URL
  3. Add the following prefix to the front of the URL:

  4. Example of a "proxied" persistent link:
  5. To shorten the link, you may want to plug it into a site like Bitly (, which will convert the link into a smaller one that is easier to work with. The links never expire.