Answered By: Ros Sykes
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2022     Views: 21

The URLs in the address bar in EBSCO are not stable.  If you copy and paste them, they won't work when you go back to them.

If you want to generate a link that you can go back to from EBSCO results use the EBSCO Permalink tool.  For an individual article you can find this on the right hand side of the screen when you are in the full details view.  To generate a permanent link to a search, select Share from the top right of the search results and copy the Permalink.

If you have previously saved an EBSCO URL for a single search result from the address bar, it may still be possible to find the article the link refers to because of the way EBSCO URLs are structured.  

Look at the end of the following link:
https://web-s-ebscohost-com.apollo.worc.ac.uk/ehost/detail/detail?vid=0&sid=0aef04aa-0ee2-43a8-b818-18f9d89ab42c%40redis&bdata=JkF1dGhUeXBlPWlwLHNoaWIsY3BpZCZjdXN0aWQ9czYyNjQ0NDQmc2l0ZT1la-G9zdC1saXZlJnNjb3BlPXNpdGU%3d#AN=2022-23172-001&db=psyh

The section at the very end of the string which starts db= gives the name of the database.  A key to these codes is shown below.

Full Database Name

Short Database Name

Academic Search Complete

a9h

APA PsycArticles

pdh

APA PsycInfo

psyh

British Education Index

bri

Child Development & Adolescent Studies

fgh

CINAHL Complete

ccm 

Education Abstracts (H.W. Wilson)

eax

Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson)

eft

ERIC

eric

MEDLINE

cmedm

SPORTDiscus with Full Text

s3h

International Bibliography of Theater & Dance with Full Text

ibh

 

The text in the string before the database name gives the accession number for the article.  This is the section starting AN= To retrieve the record go to the relevant database, select Accession Number from the 'Select a Field' drop down menu and enter the accession number from your URL.