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Linking to Library Resources: Links to Journals

Linking to journals via the Journal Title List (Serials Solutions)

Direct links can be made to journal titles in Serials Solutions. This is useful as a permanent link to a specific title, particularly if there are multiple access points and coverage dates.

Links can be either by title or by ISSN, using the following syntax:



Replace the ISSN or the title as needed. Note that multiple word titles need to have the "+" in between the words.

You can find links to the Serials Solutions journal entry using the Find Journal by Title link on the Library's website. Search for your journal by title or ISSN, then copy the URL from your browser's address bar.

Links from a DOI

A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency (the International DOI Foundation) to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet. The publisher assigns a DOI when an article is published and made available electronically. Having a DOI does not mean that the library has access to the journal or digital object in question, however. Make sure to check the journals list ( to see if the library has a subscription. Note that this generator automatically adds the library proxy for off-campus access. Test the link from off-campus before using it!

DOI Link Generator
Please insert the document DOI in this box:
  Enter the DOI only, eg 10.3163/1536-5050.104.1.012. Do not paste the entire Web address.
Click on the Generate button.
Here is the link to paste into Blackboard:

Links to subject collections of journals

You can link to a list of journals in a subject area. These subject areas are predefined in Serials Solutions using HILCC Categories.

These categories can be broad (which will show all of the subcategories) or very narrowly targeted (that will go directly to that subset of journal titles). To get to the categories, go to the journals list, and look at the "Browse by Subject" section:

To drill down, click on the broad subject category. This will expand the list to narrower categories.

At this point, if you want the broadest level (that will present a list of all the subcategories), copy the resulting URL from the address bar in your browser (e.g.:

To capture a link to a narrower topic (that will show the journal titles in that narrow topic), click that link and copy the resulting URL from the address bar in your browser (e.g.:

Why is my permalink not working?

There can be a number of reasons that a link does not work. The most common one is that the search is not "encoded" - this means that spaces or diacritical marks such as apostrophes cannot be interpreted by the web browser when the URL is clicked. More information on this encoding can be found here: This is most likely to occur in title and subject searches with multiple terms separated by spaces.

Most of the work in constructing permalinks is done in Excel, and there are two utilities that can automate tasks associated with this:

  • ASAP Utilities - a collection of over 300 function shortcuts for Excel
  • URL Tools Add-In for Excel - this addon for Excel provides functions for encoding and decoding text for construction of URLs.