Linking to E-Books and Journal Articles

Note to Faculty:
E-Book Collections which Can Be Used for Required Readings

When selecting E-Resources to assign as readings for your class, please note which e-book collections can be used and which cannot, due to limitations on the number of students that can simultaneously access them, or due to download limitations.

E-books which CAN be used

E-books which CANNOT be used

E-book collections that have unlimited use, are downloadable, and can be used are:

  • Ebook Central 1
  • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) - ONLY if the Concurrent User Level says "Unlimited User Access." (See details.)
  • EBSCO databases - conference proceedings, book chapters, etc.
  • Gale eBooks (chapters or sections only)
  • O'Reilly (formerly Safari)
  • Oxford Scholarship Online E-Books
  • SAGE (chapters or sections only)

These e-book collections cannot be used because there are limitations on the number of simultaneous users, or there are download limitations:

  • Books24x7
  • Ebook Central 2
  • Oxford Reference Online


General Rule for Making Links

For a number of resources, simply cutting and pasting the link from the browser's address bar will not work.
You need to look and see if the resource indicates a specific link to use. It may be called a persistent URL, a stable URL, a permalink, a document URL, "link to this page," or something similar. See instructions for specific resources below.


How to get permanent links (for specific resources)

Resource vendor How to get a permanent link when viewing the record of an e-book or journal article


  • Click the Share icon in the Tools section at the top.
    Books 24x7
Ebook Central
  • Only titles from "Ebook Central 1: UMGC Collection" can be used for required readings.  Titles from "Ebook Central 2: Various Collections" CANNOT be used. 
  • Click "Share Link to Book" on the left.
    Ebook Central

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

  • Click on "Permalink" in the Tools sidebar on the right.
    eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
  • UMGC Faculty: Please use e-books in this database as assigned textbooks ONLY if the Concurrent User Level says "Unlimited User Access." (Books that say "Limited User Access" can be taken into consideration, but unlimited access must be purchased in advance of use in any course, and funding is limited. Please check with the Library to see if unlimited access purchase is an option for a title, and then with LDS to obtain approval.)
    Unlimited User Access


  • Click on "Permalink" in the Tools sidebar on the right.


  • Click on "Get Link". 


  • Look for the link on the left sidebar.

Nexis Uni

  • Click the Actions drop down menu and select Link to this page.  
    Nexis Uni
O'Reilly (formerly Safari) Copy the URL from the browser address bar and add ?ar to the end of it.
  • For example, if the browser URL is
  • Make sure that it ends in ?ar


  • Copy the URL from the browser address bar.

Project Muse

  • Copy the URL from the browser address bar.


  • Click on the Abstract/Details tab (or it may just say Details), then scroll down and look for the Document URL.

SAGE Knowledge: SAGE Reference eBook Collection

  • Copy the URL from the browser address bar.


  • Copy the URL from the browser address bar.

Need help with a resource not listed above?
Ask a Librarian.


How to create a link using a DOI

A digital object identifier (DOI) is a permanent digital identifier given to an electronic document. In the database record for an article, you may see an element that looks like this:

Digital Object Identifier

In this case, you may get a permanent link by adding the following prefix to the DOI: