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Why can't I view links from EBSCO databases saved to my flash drive at home?

I was in the library earlier and I saved some links onto my flash drive. I got them from the online library databases. I can't access them now that I'm home, is it because COM has access to it but my house doesn't? So in order to view the pages I'd have to only view from a COM computer?
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You can access all databases and database content on or off campus. However, if you have saved a page or a link to a page in a database, as you can on an ordinary web site, you won't be able to access later for two reasons:

  • Durable URLs
    The pages you see in databases are not durable links, but temporary pages generated by your search. Once your search session has ended, the URL of any page you viewed will no longer work. 
  • Proxy Server
    The way that databases and their content can be accessed off campus are through a proxy server on campus. In order to make durable links to databases and their content work off campus, a prefix has to be added in front of a URL. 

How can you get around this in EBSCO? There are several ways:

  • Durable Search Link
    You can save a durable link to search results by clicking on Alert/Save/Share on the upper left side of blue bar above search results. Select Permalink and copy the durable link. Using this link, you'll be able to get back to the same search.
  • Durable Article Link
    Click on the title of an article from the results list. On the right side of the screen, you will see tool options. Use permalink to create a durable link to the article. Bookmark will work with social sites.
  • Email the Article
    Probably the quickest, easiest option to save articles and you don't have to have a disk or drive with you. 
  1. Click on the title of an article from the results list.
  2. On the right side of the screen, you will see tool options.
  3. Click on Email.
  4. Fill in the address(es) to which you want to mail it. Everything else is optional. 
  5. If you want to get a citation for it, select the style you are using, like MLA, and an MLA style citation will also be sent.
  6. Hit the Send button and you're done.
  • Save the Individual Article
    Saving differs based on format of the article:
  •    PDF Full Text
  1. Click on the title of an article from the results list.
  2. Click on PDF Full Text on the left of the screen.
  3. When the article is open you'll see a grey tool bar immediately above it, including a floppy icon (second icon).
  4. Click on the icon and choose where you want to save it to save a copy of the article that you can access anywhere. 
  •    HTML Full Text
  1. Click on the title of an article from the results list.
  2. On the right side of the screen, you will see tool options.
  3. Use Save to save an individual article. If you want to get a citation for it, select the style you are using, like MLA, and an MLA style citation will also be saved.
  4. Hit the save button.
  5. In Internet Explorer, select fileSAVE AS from your browser's toolbar above, in Netscape, select FILE then SAVE AS from your browser's toolbar above. 
  6. Change the name of the file from delivery (the default name) to anything else if you are saving more than one as each file will write over the other.
  7. Save as a plain text file (.txt) or a 'Web Page, HTML only' file (.html).
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