Answered By: Matt Stevons
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2022     Views: 955

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

The following directions will show you how to find the correct link to use within EBSCO databases, ProQuest databases, Gale eBooks, Ovid, and Skillsoft Books:


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.

Image of EBSCO's Permalink button location


Copying the URL from your browser's address bar often will work later with ProQuest.  However, 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.   

Example of the Document URL in ProQuest databases

Note: You can also often find the Document URL in ProQuest databases by clicking the "Cite" button, however any item with a DOI will show the DOI instead of the Document URL.


A durable, persistent link is available for sharing any book or video within Skillsoft Books.  To find the link:

  • From the results list, click the down arrow next to the Launch button, then select Share.

GIF image of Share tool from results list in Skillsoft Books.

  • If you have already opened a book or video, click ">>" in the toolbar, then the share symbol from there. 

GIF depicting share options from book or video toolbar in Skillsoft Books.


To link back to an article in Ovid (when possible), first open the article using the Article as PDF link (only this link!). Then, click the Email Jumpstart link in the Article Tools menu to find the permanent URL to use.

Image of Email Jumpstart button in Ovid

GALE eBooks

To link to any page within any Gale title, click Cite for a full citation or Get Link for just a direct link back. After clicking either option, you'll see a URL back to the document (for citations, the link is at the end of the citation).

Screenshot of Get Link option location in Gale eBooks.

Exceptions & Other Databases

There are a few databases where copying the link from the address bar works.  For example, APA's Academic Writer, as well as any open access databases that don't require authentication (PQDT Open, Pubmed Central, for example).

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.

Not sure about which link to use?

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