Answered By: Will Guida
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2022     Views: 5

URLs: A specific address for a page on the web that isn't always universal across all users and contexts. Found on the address bar of a browser. 

Permalink: An unchanging link that will work in any context and with any user. Found under the permalink option. 


Example record page with url and permalink highlighted.

In practice, this means that when you're preparing the bibliography of a paper, you'll want to be sure to include the permalinks in the citations, not the urls. When someone clicks on a permalink in a bibliography, there's a 100% chance that they'll be taken to the correct page, but if someone clicks on the url that you've copied and pasted, there's a chance they'll get a "page not available" message.  

Basically, if you need to come back to a resource later, be sure to use the permalink, not the URL. 

NOTE: In Proquest, the url and permalink are the same thing, so it that particular database you can copy and paste directly from the URL bar.