E-Resources:
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 Collection (EBSCOhost) - ONLY if the Concurrent User Level says "Unlimited User Access." (See details.)
  • Ebrary
  • EBSCO databases - conference proceedings, book chapters, etc.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (chapters or sections only)
  • 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
  • EBL (Ebook Library)
  • Oxford Reference Online
  • Safari Books Online

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General Rule for Making Links

The URL that appears in the browser's address bar cannot be used as-is!
It might not work off-campus, and it might not be stable over time.

Links require two items to work properly:

1) The EZproxy prefix
Be sure that your links to UMUC Library subscription resources begin with the following prefix so that off-campus users will get routed through EZproxy, the library's authentication mechanism:
http://ezproxy.umuc.edu/login?url=

2) A permanent link
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 selected resources below.

Permanent link with EZproxy prefix

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How to get permanent links (for specific resources)

Note that some permanent links will already have the EZproxy prefix included, while others may require that you paste it in.

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

Books24x7

  • Click the Share icon in the Tools section at the top.
    Books 24x7

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

  • Click on "Permalink" in the Tools sidebar on the right.
    eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
  • UMUC 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

Ebook Library (EBL)

  • Click the "Email Link" and have a link to the e-book sent to you.
    Ebook Library (EBL)
  • UMUC Faculty: Please do not use e-books in this database as assigned textbooks, due to the limited number of concurrent users.

ebrary

  • Copy the URL from the browser address bar.
  • Paste this EZproxy prefix in front of it:
    http://ezproxy.umuc.edu/login?url=
    Adding EZproxy prefix to browser URL

EBSCO

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

Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • Click the "Bookmark" link.
    Gale Virtual Reference Library

JSTOR

  • Look for the "Stable URL" and copy it.
  • Paste this EZproxy prefix in front of it:
    http://ezproxy.umuc.edu/login?url=
    JSTOR

LexisNexis Academic

  • Click the "Copy Document Link" icon
    Copy Document Link
  • Follow the instructions for copying the link location and pasting it into a document.
    Copying and pasting the link
  • Paste this EZproxy prefix in front of it:
    http://ezproxy.umuc.edu/login?url=
    Adding EZproxy prefix

Oxford

  • Copy the URL from the browser address bar.
  • Paste this EZproxy prefix in front of it:
    http://ezproxy.umuc.edu/login?url=
    Adding EZproxy prefix to browser URL

Project Muse

  • Copy the URL from the browser address bar.
  • Paste this EZproxy prefix in front of it:
    http://ezproxy.umuc.edu/login?url=
    Adding EZproxy prefix to browser URL

ProQuest

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the document and look for the "Document URL."
    Proquest

Safari Books Online

  • Copy the URL from the browser address bar.
  • Paste this EZproxy prefix in front of it:
    http://ezproxy.umuc.edu/login?url=
    Adding EZproxy prefix to browser URL
  • UMUC Faculty: Please do not use e-books in this database as assigned textbooks, due to the limited number of concurrent users.

SAGE Knowledge: SAGE Reference eBook Collection

  • Copy the URL from the browser address bar.
  • Paste this EZproxy prefix in front of it:
    http://ezproxy.umuc.edu/login?url=
    Adding EZproxy prefix to browser URL

ScienceDirect

  • Copy the DOI.
  • Add the following prefix:
    http://ezproxy.umuc.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/
    ScienceDirect

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

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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:
http://ezproxy.umuc.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/

Example: http://ezproxy.umuc.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0882-7974.21.2.401

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