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Deep Linking: Key Vocabulary

A guide to understanding and creating deep links in popular research databases.

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Key vocabulary terms in deep linking

Reading about deep linking can be confusing if you're not familiar with the lingo. Here are some terms that you're likely to encounter.

Address box: The address box is the box at the top of a screen that shows the location (URL) of the webpage you are looking at.

Browser: A browser is a program that you use to surf the Web. Popular browsers include Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari.

Deep link: A deep link is a link that directly accesses a permanent webpage. It is also known as a durable URL, permalink, or a PURL (permanent URL).

Full text: Full text means that all of the text and images of an article, eBook, or other web document is completely available for the user to read. If an article is not full-text, it means it only lets you read a portion of the article for free.

Temporary URL: A temporary URL is a webpage address that has been created only for the moment. If a user tries to use that temporary URL later or share it with someone else, it will not work.

URL: URL stands for Universal or Uniform Resource Locator and works as the address for a webpage. Without it, nobody can see that webpage.

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