What link do I use for my citation?


Databases will often offer different links to the same source.  


  • A link with “doi” in the URL
  • The link at the top of the browser
  • Links in citation generators
  • A link offered on the page itself either as text or generated by clicking an icon or link 

Of all these options, the link with doi or a link labeled as stable, document URL, permanent or generated by clicking an icon/link are the best ones to use for your citation.

For more information on how to choose good links for citations, check out the library’s guide “How to Get Permanent Links to Library Sources”


If you need further help, contact a librarian.


  • Last Updated Apr 16, 2024
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  • Answered By Elizabeth Clarke

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