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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 ARTstor

★ Persistent URLs in ARTstor are called Image URLs.


  1. From the results page, right-click on the image and then select Generate image URL.
  2. Highlight and copy the Image Viewer 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.