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What is a permalink?

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A permanent link or permalink is a unique link that will take you to exactly the page/document you were on. In many databases the address in the address bar is a session link that includes extraneous information about your recent activity. These session links are necessary to help you navigate the database, but they are only good for the time that you are searching. Permalinks are typically shorter and easier to read. To make it possible to get back to document that you wish to read you will need to find and save the permalink. The link will often be referred to as the permalink, the stable link or bookmark link. If those links do not exist emailing the record to yourself will generally give you a permalink to the record. If you aren’t sure if you have a permalink, try pasting the link into a different browser window, if it opens to the document you were looking for you probably have a permalink.