Link Articles from Your Blackboard Course
Static, stable, permanent, or persistent links allow you to hyperlink documents in Blackboard.
These links will work in course sites, websites, online bibliographies, Word documents. or any other place you can put a link.
When combined with the library’s proxy server tag, most linked resources will be available to remote users.
Note: In most cases, you cannot copy links from you browser’s address bar. Those links are not static and will not work after the browser is closed or timed out.
Databases that Provide for Static Links
Make Links Available to Off-Campus Users
Ensure that the static URL for any electronic resource is prefixed with the library’s proxy server tag. Then use the combined URL in your Blackboard course.
Directions for creating static links to electronic resources are below.
EBSCOhost allows users to create static links to its documents, referred to as permalinks.
The link can be found in the detailed record of any EBSCOhost article.
Note: If you plan to include permalinks in Blackboard, please have your Blackboard course website open before you search for articles.
Note: Although much of the content from EBSCOhost is available in full-text HTML or PDF format, some searches may return only abstracts. If you intend to link to the full text of an article, make sure the full text is available.
Search EBSCOhost and copy links:
Once you have selected a database, enter search terms and limiters on the Advanced Search page and click the Search button.
From the search results, select an article and preview the Detailed Record using the magnifying-glass icon.
Open the Detailed Record. On the right-hand side of page, you will see twelve icons. Click on the icon for Permalink. A URL will appear. Copy this URL and paste it wherever you wish.
Anyone attempting to access the link from off campus will need a current username and password for Self Service.
Persistent links can be copied and pasted from citations in the Gale databases.
The Gale databases offer citation tools that can be used to acquire persistent links.
Search Gale and copy links:
Enter your search terms in the available search bar or craft a more complex search using the AdvancedSearch option. Select a resource from the results.
After opening a resource, choose the option Get Link.
After you have selected this option, a link should appear.
JSTOR Stable URLs
JSTOR refers to permanent links as Stable URLs.
JSTOR provides full-text access to academic journals and books. Resources in JSTOR are available in PDF format. Users can search JSTOR by discipline, subject area, or journal title. JSTOR refers to a static link as a Stable URL.
Search JSTOR and copy links:
Enter your search terms and limiters on the JSTOR Advanced Search page. Then select the Submit Advanced Search button.
After the results appear, select the title of the article you wish to link.
After the document opens, you should see a Stable URL for the article under the publication information. You may also see a Remote Access URL, which is the stable URL with our proxy prefix attached.
Copy the URL and paste it into your Blackboard course.
Important: So that the article will be accessible from off campus, ensure that the proxy prefix is present. If it is missing, you can add it manually to the stable URL. The end result should look similar to this:
WorldCat Discovery Record Links
You can create a static link directly to a record in our catalog.
Search the catalog and copy links:
Search the catalog to locate a record.
Select the title of the desired record to bring up its details.
When the record is open, the option to create a link to the record will be near the top of the page in the upper right corner.
Copy and paste the link.
Note: If this record is for a full-text resource in any of the databases, it is better to link directly to the resource via the database instead.
Because the catalog is openly available on the internet, links to catalog records do not require the proxy prefix. Simply copy and paste the link as is.