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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 Issues & Controversies

★ Persistent URLs in Issues & Controversies are called Record URLs.


  1. Scroll to the bottom of the article.
  2. Highlight and copy the Record URL. The URL already contains everything you need to access the article from on or off campus (if you click on it while off campus you may be prompted to log in with your MyNOVA username and password). Highlight and copy the URL (it's usually very long so be sure to get the entire think), and paste in desired location.