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Database Search Skills: Save & Share

Introduction to saving and sharing in databases

Now that you've gotten some search results, you may want to save your search results or specific articles, or be alerted when new articles on your topic are published.

E-mail or share options in databases

Most databases will have an option to e-mail an article to yourself. After you click on the article's title, take a look around the screen. You might see an option to E-mail or Share. Each database is a little different, but the options are usually on the right side, or towards the top. 

Examples of e-mail or share options in databases

Here are some places to look for the E-mail or Share options in a few different Library databases.


Click on the title of an article in the search results. On the right side of the page under Tools, click on E-mail.


Click on the title of an article in the search results. On the left side of page, click on the Share link to display your options.

Taylor and Francis

Click on the title of an article in the search results.. Hover over the Share icon on the right side of the page between the article title and abstract. Email is an option displayed in the list.



Persistent or permanent links

A persistent link is a permanent URL to a specific journal or article within a database like ProQuest or EBSCO. Database vendors may have their own persistent link system or they may use the DOI link system and OpenURL.

A persistent link allows you to access a specific journal or article without having to search for it again. Persistent links for Walden Library databases will require your Walden user name and password. 

Some other names you might see are: 

  • permalink
  • PURL (permanent url)
  • stable link 


Do not assume that the URL in the browser address bar is a permanent link. That URL may:

  • change in the future
  • include session information causing the URL to only be valid for a single user session
  •  be a temporary Find@Walden full-text service URL that is not stable.


Every database is different in how they provide persistent links, and some do not. Below are examples from two of our main databases. If you have questions about other databases, please contact the Library. 

Example of a permalink in EBSCO databases


  1. Click on the title of the article you want. This will take you to the Detailed Record page (abstract page). 
  2. Select Permalink from the options on the right, under Tools.  

  3. Copy the link displayed in the Permalink box.  The permalink will appear at the top of the article title. 

Example of a persistent link in ProQuest

Follow these steps to find the persistent link in ProQuest databases

  1. Click on the title of the article you want. 
  2. Select the Abstract/Details tab. 

  3. Copy the Document URL near the bottom of the record.

Journal & search alerts

Most databases have ways to set up alerts for a specific search or journal. You must first set up your search, and often you have to create an account with the database. Journal and search alerts are efficient ways to keep up with new additions in your research field. 

We have these resources to help you get started: 

Personal accounts in databases

Most database companies offer an option to create a personal account in the database. This allows you to save searches and articles within the database. Take a look around the database to see if there a way to create an personal account. The option is usually towards the top of the screen.

Keep in mind this is an account set up directly with the database company, and not related to your Walden account and access. The Library is unable to help with personal database accounts. You wll need to contact the database company directly if you need assistance. 

If you create a personal account, you must be signed in to that account in order to save items to your folder in the database.