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How do I set up direct links to EBSCOhost profiles and/or databases?

Direct links are a great way to target specific EBSCO databases and interfaces. Many of our customers choose to create resource lists on their websites, or need a URL target for a web button.  This page describes the URL parameters needed to create direct links from a web page, to your EBSCO interfaces or EBSCOhost search screen with a specific profile, database(s), or both selected.

You can also use the new Direct URL Builder tool to easily set up your direct URLs to EBSCOhost databases:
EBSCO's Direct URL Builder


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Building a Direct Link

When building your direct link, begin with the following URL stem:

Next, you can choose to add authentication, profile, and database parameters to further target your URL.

Adding Authentication Parameters

Add an authentication parameter (authtype=) to your URL that determines the method used to authenticate your users.

The available authentication types are defined in EBSCOadmin and include the following:

  • uid = User ID and Password authentication
  • ip = IP Address authentication
  • custuid = Patron file authentication
  • cpid = Library bar code
  • url = Referring URL
  • Click here to see all available options.

Add the desired authentication parameters to your URL as shown:,uid

In this example, the “authtype” parameter calls for IP address authentication first and if the user’s IP is not matched, the user is prompted for a User ID and password.

Without profile and/or database parameters added to the URL, users are linked directly to your Select Service screen, from which they can choose one of your available EBSCO products.

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Adding a Profile ID

Next, add the profile parameter (&profile=) to indicate which profile you want to target with the URL.

The profile ID is the code you entered into EBSCOadmin when creating your profile. Common profile IDs include:

  • ehost = EBSCOhost
  • eds = EBSCO Discovery Service
  • bsi = Business Searching Interface

A list of suggested profile IDs for your EBSCO profiles is available at: EBSCOadmin - How to Create a New Profile.

Add the desired profile ID to your URL as shown:,uid&profile=ehost,uid&profile=eds


The first example links directly to your EBSCOhost profile and displays the Choose Databases screen if you have more than one database on the profile.

The second example links directly to your EBSCO Discovery Service profile.

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Adding Database Codes

You can further target which database or databases you would like users to access on your EBSCOhost profile by adding the &defaultdb= parameter to the URL.

Common database code or "short names" include:

  • aph = Academic Search Premier
  • plh = Business Source Corporate Plus
  • ccm = CINAHL Complete

A list of short databases names is available at: EBSCOhost Database Short Names List (Product Codes).

Add the desired database codes to your URL as shown:,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph,plh


The first example links directly to the Academic Search Premier database on EBSCOhost, while the second example links users to search both Academic Search Premier and Business Source Corporate Plus on EBSCOhost.