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Guide to Copyright

Tip: E-Books

There are some older EBSCO titles that have a limit of 1 simultaneous user.  However, we have thousands of titles from both EBSCO and Skillsoft Books that allow unlimited user access.  If you are looking for book chapters to assign or suggest in courses, please stick to these two databases:

Not Sure Which Link to Use?

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

Why are Links to Content in Library Databases Different?

With few exceptions, you can link to items in the PG Library's databases in a reading list and most databases have sharing features built into their platforms.  

For many databases though, like those from EBSCO, you cannot copy the URL from your browser's address bar.  You must use the sharing features within the database.  The  directions on this page will show you how to find the correct link to use within EBSCO databases, ProQuest databases, Gale eBooks, Ovid, Skillsoft Books, and others.

EBSCO Discovery Service & EBSCOhost Databases

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

ProQuest Databases

Oftentimes, the URL in the web address bar of your browser should actually work with ProQuest databases. 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.

Skillsoft Books

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.


Note that this only works with some articles in Ovid. For articles where the below links aren't an option, you'll have to just assign the citation, link to the detailed record within EBSCO Discovery Service if available, or check if the article is covered by our CCC annual license and upload it to the classroom.

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 Get Link. After clicking Get Link, you'll see a URL back to the document (beneath or at the end of the citation).  Additionally, clicking the Cite tool usually also procures a URL, depending on the chosen citation style.  

Animated GIF showing the Get Link tool in Gale eBooks.

Other Databases

Notes on other databases:

  • Currently we can't directly link to any documents from Westlaw Campus Research. Provide citations to documents from this database instead.
  • For the DSM Library, just direct students to the entry URL ( and tell them what to research from the homepage.
  • Academic Writer is a notable exemption and you can copy the URL from the address bar for sharing.  
  • We can't provide examples for each database here.  For all other databases, look for similar tools.  They are typically named things like Share, Persistent Link, or Permament Link, just like in the examples for EBSCO and ProQuest above.