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Writing & Citing


Creating Persistent Links in TWUniversal


STEP 1:  Search TWUniversal.

PURLs Search Step 1


STEP 2:  Click the Details link

PURLs Search Details


STEP 3:  Click E-mail and send article information to yourself

PURLs Search Email link


STEP 4:  Open your email account.  

Right click on the bolded title to Copy Hyperlink or Copy Shortcut

PURLs Search Copy Title

Copy Hyperlink     or    Right Click Copy Shortcut


STEP 5:  Paste link into Blackboard or Canvas.

What is a PURL?

PURL is an acronym for Persistent Uniform Resource Locator and is an internet address (URL) that stays the same over time and is more reliable than regular internet addresses found in browser address boxes.


  • Must be configured or created.
  • Can be created for:
    • Research articles found in a library database.
    • Ebooks
    • Webpages
    • Videos
    • And more!
  • Can be copy-and-pasted anywhere, including email messages, Word documents, and online courses.

Follow the directions provided to create your own PURLs and provide your students with links straight to specific articles in TWU databases. Users who click on your PURL link will be prompted to provide their TWU login and password for user authentication and copyright compliance.


Confused face  

Some databases do not offer ready-made PURL features. In those cases, custom-made PURLs must be configured. Designated library staff can help you with those. 

In addition, database technology evolves constantly, so PURL instructions may change over time.

If you need assistance creating PURLs, please contact the following library staff:

       Stephany Compton