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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 Wiley Online Library

★ Persistent links in Wiley Online Library are created using DOI (Digital Object Identifiers).


  1. From the results list: click on the the article title or Abstract link for the article you're interested in.

    Finding the DOI for your article

  2. On the next screen, at the top of the abstract highlight and copy the DOI (starting with the numbers).

  3. Add the DOI to the end of this: this example, adding the DOI would give you this URL:
  4. Highlight and copy the URL you just created.
  5. Go to this web site:
  6. Paste the copied URL into the box and click Submit. A formula will be added to the URL that will enable you to access it from off campus using your myNOVA (VCCS) username and password.
  7. Congratulations! You have created a persistent URL, and you can now copy it and use it. The link will be long, so you may want to plug it into a site like Bitly (, which will convert the link into a shorter one that is easier to work with. The links never expire.