Answered By: Matt Stevons
Last Updated: May 14, 2018     Views: 514

You can bookmark, save, or copy links to items like articles and e-books from the Library's databases for easy access later.  However, for most databases like those from EBSCO and ProQuest, you **cannot copy the URL from your browser's address bar.**  

There are a few databases where this is okay.  For example, CQ Researcher, as well as any open access databases that don't require authentication (PQDT Open, Pubmed Central, for example).

Also, note that currently we can't directly link to any documents from Westlaw Campus Research.  For this database, download copies of the articles for use later.

The following directions will show you how to find the correct link to use within EBSCO databases, ProQuest databases, Gale Virtual Reference Library, HeinOnline, Ovid, and Books24x7:

EBSCO databases (includes Academic Search Premier and the Library's main search)

EBSCO names the links you'll need "Permalinks."  They are easily findable when viewing the full text or detailed record (the citation page you see after clicking the title) of a book or article.  The Permalink button is located to the right side after opening the full text or detailed record of an item:

Click the Permalink button, then copy the new URL displaced at the top. 

ProQuest databases

The best link to copy within a ProQuest database is known as the Document URL.  To find it, click the Citation/Abstract link for any article you want to link to. The Citation/Abstract link is available from the results list, as well as after opening the full text of a document.

Within the citation information, look for the Document URL.  It is usually towards the bottom of the list.  This is the link you need to copy. 


To save a link in HeinOnline, look for the (very small) option above an opened document.  It is also called a "permalink" like in EBSCO, and has a similar icon.


You can find the correct link to use with Books24x7's Share tool.  To find the Share tool, open up a book you want to share the URL to.  Then, at the top, click the Share button.

After clicking the Share button, you'll come to a page with text you can copy in an e-mail or message.  This includes publication information for the book as well as the link.  Copy whatever you need to share, then paste within an e-mail, announcements, or wherever you are sharing the link.


Note that most of the time, the easiest thing to do is download a copy of the article to your computer from Ovid.  However, for some articles it does give the option to copy a link.  To link back to an article in Ovid (when possible), first open the article using the Ovid Full Text link (only this link!).  

Sometimes it will only show a PDF of the full text, in which case you must download a copy.  However, sometimes you'll see an Article Tools menu.  In these cases, click the Email Jumpstart link in the Article Tools menu to find the permanent URL to use. 

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

To link to any page within this or any GVRL title, click the Bookmark link near the top.  After clicking Bookmark, you'll see a URL back to the document, along with an option to email the link.

Not sure about which link to use?

If you have any questions about which link to us, e-mail us