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Last Updated: Feb 28, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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E-Books in the Library Catalogue

The steps necessary to find or create persistent links for e-books will vary depending in part on the e-book vendor and on whether you are trying to link to an entire e-book or specific chapter.

If you want to link to an entire e-book that you found in the Library Catalogue, copy the link found in the catalogue record, as this is persistent.

  • In Firefox, right click on the link, and choose "Copy Link Location" to copy the link.
  • In Internet Explorer, right click on the link and choose "Copy Shortcut".
  • In Safari, right click on the link and choose "Copy Link".
  • In Chrome, right click on the link and choose "Copy Link Address".

Linking to Chapters in E-Books

Some e-book vendors allow you to link to individual pages or chapters within them. In the section below there is information on where to find or how to create a persistent link in these situations. 

Oxford Scholarship Online, Cambridge Histories Online and Springer E-Books:

To link to an individual chapter in Oxford Scholarship Online and Springer E-books, click on the chapter you need, and then copy the link found in the address bar. This will provide you with stable access to the chapter. In Springer, you will need to click Download PDF to access the specific chapter.


To link to a specific page or chapter in an eBrary e-book, you will need to modify the persistent link for the entire book that is provided in the Library Catalogue by adding a piece of code to the end.

For example, the persistent link for the e-book The musical traditions of Northern Ireland and its diaspora: Community and conflict by David Cooper is: To link to chapter two, make a note of the page number that the chapter begins on and add this code to the end of the link: &page=50. Please be aware that the number at the end of the link is the page number. Be sure to use the page number found in parentheses rather than the number that appears in the box.

The persistent link for this chapter is:

E-Books on EBSCOHost:

To find the persistent link for a specific chapter or page in E-Books on EBSCOHost, go to the specific chapter and click on the permalink icon found near the bottom of the tools menu. The persistent link will then be displayed near the top of the page under the heading "Permalink".

Books 24x7:

A persistent link to the book is available by clicking on the share (envelope) icon near the top of the page.  For example a link to a book could look like this:^B&bookid=5893.  To link to a particular chapter or page is a bit more difficult and requires combining the url in the address bar with the url provided by the share button.  First, use the share url and then add everything that is in the url from the address bar after the bookid.  The example below illustrates this:

Share url:^B&bookid=5893

Address bar url:

Combined persistent url to chapter or page:^B&bookid=5893&chunkid=613803847&rowid=1152&noteMenuToggle=0&leftMenuState=1



Characteristics of Stable Links

In general, all persistent or stable links from AU will include the following text which identifies AU Library's proxy server:

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Persistent links at other institutions will look very different, due to differences in proxy servers and authentication processes, so make sure to use databases in AU Library's collection when searching for persistent links.

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