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Copyright-Friendly eReading Lists

The following tips will help you create copyright-friendly links to course readings, using material available in Plough Library's electronic resources.

  • Many databases provide direct links to items, aka stable URLs, persistent links, or permalinks. Use these as shortcuts to articles.
  • Not all databases provide full text, and not all full text databases provide stable URLs.
  • Check your links periodically to make sure they still work.

Making a Copyright Friendly eReading List
(PPT): for illustrated instructions

Off-Campus Access

NOTE: Stable links in EBSCO databases, Films on Demand, and VAST Academic Video Online all include CBU's ezproxy automatically.


  • Hide a long URL by hyperlinking selected text, such as the title, to give the page a cleaner appearance.
  • If you create your reading list in Microsoft Word, save the file as a Web Page, or in html format. The web page can then be loaded into Moodle for students to access. (Web pages are recommended because linked Word documents (.doc format) do not work consistently when remote access is involved.)

Available Databases

EBSCOhost Databases

EBSCOHost databases with fulltext articles are Academic Search Premier, ATLA Religion Database, Business Source Premiere, CINAHL, EBSCO eBooks, ERIC, Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia, Military & Government Collection, PsycArticles, Regional Business News. Databases providing abstracts only include: MLA Bibliography, Philosopher's Index, PsycInfo. Some EBSCO databases--like Business Source Premier and CINAHL--include many non-article resources: all include permalinks.

  • Term: Persistent Link or Permalink
  • EZProxy: Automatically included
  • Instructions: Open the descriptive record about the resource; click the permalink icon in the right hand toolbar; capture the link that appears at the top of the record
  • NOTE: a few titles found in EBSCO databases (Harvard Business Review, for example) do not allow direct linking to their articles without permission. Read the copyright information for an article for specifics; in EBSCO, the copyright information displays on the last page of the PDF or at the bottom of the fulltext article.

Congressional Quarterly

Databases include CQ Encyclopedia of American Government and CQ Researcher.

  • Term: Document URL
  • EZProxy: Must be added
  • Instructions: Scroll to the bottom of the article to find the document URL

Credo Reference

This database ncludes a variety of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and biographical material.

  • Term: n/a
  • EZProxy: Must be added
  • Instructions: Scroll to the bottom of the article; copy-and-paste the URL from the provided citation, after "retrieved from"

Films on Demand

Streaming video in all disciplines.

  • Term: Title URL
  • EZProxy: Automatically included
  • Instructions: Open the descriptive record for the video by clicking on the title; scroll to the bottom of the page and capture the Title URL--NOTE: do not use the "embed" function as it does not work with an EZProxy prefix

Gale Cengage Databases

Databases include Academic OneFile, Computer Database, Gale Virtual Reference Library, General Reference Center Gold, Health Reference Center Academic, Literature Resource Center. Many Gale databases also include multimedia records (streaming audio, streaming video, podcasts) and books, and all resources include direct links. Not only that, you can also link to full results lists--just look for the bookmarking tool.

  • Term: Bookmark URL
  • EZProxy: Must be added
  • Instuctions: Click on the Bookmark URL link, found in the Tools frame. A window will open with the URL; copy or email it to yourself


Historic backfiles of articles from many journals, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.

  • Term: Stable URL
  • EZProxy: Must be added
  • Instructions: Click on "View Citation" to find the stable URL

Ebooks in biology, chemistry, and engineering.

  • Term: None
  • EZProxy: Must be added
  • Instructions: In Knovel you can only link to entire books--not to individual chapters. Go to the title listing for the relevant collection and find the book you are interested in. Right-click on the title and capture the link. In Firefox, select "copy link location"; in IE, "copy shortcut." Paste the URL into your document.

LexisNexis Academic

News articles and legal documents include permalinks; company information does not.

  • Term: Permalink
  • EZProxy: Must be added
  • Instructions: Click on the "copy document link" icon at the upper right; right click on hyperlink in window and choose "copy link location"

Literature Online Reference Edition
Articles about literature, plus audio/video files on plays and poetry.

  • Term: Durable URL
  • EZProxy: Must be added
  • Instructions: Click on "Durable URL for this Page" (or Text) and capture the URL from the window.
  • Note: Links to the Poetry Archive take you out of Literature Online Reference. URLs to pages in the Poetry Archive are on the open web (they do not require the EzProxy) and can either  be captured from the navigation bar or from the Social Media share options.


A single abstracting database with links out to fulltext--rougly one-third of the fulltext articles are free online; links provided at the discretion of publishers.

  • Term: n/a
  • EZProxy: Not required, as PubMed is free-on-the-web
  • Instructions: Open the abstract, then cut-and-paste the URL from the address bar--use only with the free articles


Collection of ebooks in nursing--links are available for chapters.

  • Term: n/a
  • EZProxy: Must be added
  • Instructions: Click link to page or the link icon; then select all to capture the URL; copy and paste it into your document

VAST Academic Video Online

Multidisciplinary collection of streaming videos, VAST also lets you build and save playlists from within the database (requires personal registration). Playlists can be made public (available to anyone with access to VAST or limited to anyone at CBU). For details, see their help page on Creating Playlists.

  • Term: Embed/Link
  • EZProxy: Automatically included
  • Instructions: Click on Embed/Link above video--popup window appears with link for easy copying.

Wiley Library Online

Journals in the sciences and the social sciences--fulltext available from 1997 to the present.

  • Term: n/a
  • Ezprozy: Must be added
  • Instructions: Find the abstract of the article; capture the URL from the navigation bar

World Book
General interest encyclopedia

  • Term: n/a
  • Ezproxy: Must be added
  • Instructions: Capture the URL from the APA citation example found near the bottom of each entry