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What is the correct syntax for an EBSCOhost or EBSCO Discovery Service Persistent Link?

To go directly to examples of persistent linking, click on any of these links:

Linking to Articles | Linking to Journals | Linking to Searches | Linking to a specific EDS Profile

 

Persistent links always begin with a base URL:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&authtype=

Adding Authentication Access to Persistent Links

You can add an authentication method to your persistent link. EBSCOhost and EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) offer several different ways to authenticate persistent links. This is achieved by adding authentication abbreviation(s) after “authtype=” Authentication will occur in listed order.

Methods of Authentication

  • IP Address authentication (ip) is the traditional method of identifying users requesting access to vendor databases. Users gain access based on their computer or site's IP address (numerical address).
  • Cookie authentication (cookie) tells EBSCOhost to write a cookie so that users do not have to key in authentication information every time they log in.
  • Referring URL authentication (url) provides access to EBSCOhost from a secure home page on the library's web server. This identifies users by the originating URL (the page from which they came) and eliminates the need for user IDs. EBSCOhost validates the user if they are coming from an approved URL. If a user is trying to log in from a different URL, the system will not authenticate.
  • User ID and Password authentication (uid) can be useful to users who access EBSCOhost remotely. The library administrator can provide users with a user ID and password, providing instant access to EBSCOhost from their home or school computer.
  • Patterned ID authentication (cpid) provides access to EBSCOhost via a library card or bar code number. If the number entered does not match an ID set up by the library administrator, access is not permitted. The administrator can decide which characters are significant and compare up to 30 characters if needed.

Examples:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&authtype=ip,uid

The above persistent link uses the IP authentication method first, but will prompt patrons for a user ID and password should the patron be accessing from an unrecognizable IP address.

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&authtype=cookie,cpid

The above persistent link uses the cookie authentication method first, but will prompt patrons for a patterned ID should the patron not have an EBSCOhost cookie.

Note: You may also include proxy server settings in your persistent links. For more information about this authentication method, please see In EBSCOadmin, how can I embed my Proxy Server settings in my EBSCOhost URL?

Linking to Articles

To link to a specific article, the persistent link must first include a database abbreviation, “&db=(database abbreviation)”. The link must also include an accession number, an EBSCO-assigned number that directly corresponds to an article within a database. After the desired abbreviated database(s), simply add “&an=(accession number of article)”. Accession numbers can be found on the citation page when clicking on the title of an article in EBSCOhost or EBSCO Discovery Service.

For example:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&authtype=ip,uid&db=aph&an=15263208

The above persistent link directs patrons to an article in the database Academic Search Premier.
For a list of database abbreviations, see EBSCOhost Database Short Names List

Note: You can also search for an article by entering AN as a search tag in EBSCOhost's Boolean search screens, followed by the number. Example: AN 1566597

Linking to Journals

Journal ID | Journal Name

EBSCO offers two ways to link to a journal:

To Link by Journal ID:

To link to a journal, the persistent link must include a journal ID. After the database abbreviation, the next step is to include the journal ID, which is established by adding “&jid=(journal ID)”. Linking by journal ID can only be used on aggregated databases (databases created by EBSCO); licensed databases do not have journal IDs.

For example:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&authtype=ip,uid&db=aph&jid=TIM

The above persistent link directs patrons to Academic Search Premier and to the journal Time

To Link to a Journal by Journal Name:

Patrons can also link to a journal by including the journal name in a persistent link. After the database abbreviation, add the journal name, which is established by adding “&jn=(journal name)”.

For example:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&authtype=ip,uid&db=aph&jn=People

The above persistent link directs patrons to Academic Search Premier and to the journal People.

Note: The journal name must be entered exactly as it is on the EBSCO database--e.g., American School & University, not American School and University.

Linking to Searches

Search | Search only FTKeyword - Multiple DBs


To Link to a Search:

In addition to linking to databases, articles and journals, persistent links can also be built to search within a database. After the abbreviated authentication method(s), add “&bQuery=(your search term(s))”.

For example:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&authtype=ip,uid&bQuery=money&db=aph

The above persistent link searches for the term “money” in the database Academic Search Premier.

To Link to a Search with Only Full Text Articles:

You may also create a persistent link that searches for only full text articles within a database. After the abbreviated authentication method(s), add “&bQuery=(SearchTerm)+and+(FT+Y)”.
For example:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&authtype=ip,uid&bQuery=(SearchTerm)+and+(FT+Y)&db=aph

Note: 'SearchTerm' signifies your search term(s).

The above persistent link searches for only full text articles containing the search term “weather” in the database Academic Search Premier.

To Link to a Keyword Search within Multiple Databases:

Persistent links can also search for terms within multiple databases. This is achieved by placing an additional &db=(database abbreviation)” after your first database abbreviation.

For example:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&authtype=ip,uid&bQuery=meteorology&db=aph&db=mih

The above persistent link searches for the term “meteorology” in the databases Academic Search Premier and Middle Search Plus.

Linking to a specific EDS Profile

This following is an example of a URL that would target a specific EDS profile:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=ehost-live&scope=site&type=1&profid=eds_bus&db=eda&bquery=(global+warming)

Note: “profid” and “profile” can be used interchangeably:

  • profid=(profileid)
  • profile={profileid}