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Our research databases and other online materials offer a wealth of resources to which you can build hyperlinks directly in your Blackboard course.

To ensure these links work correctly, follow these instructions.

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.

If you have a questions about static links, contact Shawna Gilbert at srgilbert@nwosu.edu or 580-327-8576.

EBSCOhost Permalinks

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.

To begin:

From the Database A–Z page, select any EBSCO database.

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:

  1. Once you have selected a database, enter search terms and limiters on the Advanced Search page and click the Search button.

    EBSCO advanced search window.
    Advanced search in an EBSCO database.
  2. From the search results, select an article and preview the Detailed Record using the magnifying-glass icon.

    EBSCOhost window displaying detailed record preview.
    Detailed record in an EBSCO database.
  3. 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.

    Detailed record with permalink open.
    A permalink displayed in an EBSCO database.
  4. Important: Once you have pasted a link in Blackboard, check whether the proxy prefix is present. Add it if necessary. The end result should look similar to this:

Gale Links

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.

To begin:

From the Database A–Z page, select either Gale eBooks or the Gale Literature Resource Center.

Search Gale and copy links:

  1. 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.

    Resource in a Gale database.
    A resource in a Gale database.
  2. After opening a resource, choose the option Get Link.

    Get Link option in a Gale database.
    An automatically generated citation.
  3. After you have selected this option, a link should appear.

    Permanent link displayed in a Gale database.
    Standard citation at the bottom of a Gale resource.
  4. At this time, links copied from Gale eBooks should already contain our proxy prefix, but links copied from Gale Literature Resource Center may not. Always examine the link to make sure.

  5. Important: Once you have pasted a link in Blackboard, check whether the proxy prefix is present. Add it if necessary. The end result should look similar to this:

HeinOnline Permanent Links

HeinOnline databases allow permanent links to full-text resources.

The HeinOnline databases of legal materials are provided for free, so they do not include many full-text peer-reviewed sources. However, they do include a large body of full-text historical legal materials in PDF format.

To begin:

From the Database A–Z Page, select any HeinOnline database.

Search HeinOnline and copy links:

  1. Use the Search bar at the top of the screen or else browse titles alphabetically by type.

    Search screen in a HeinOnline database.
    The search screen in a HeinOnline database.
  2. Select the document you wish to view. It should immediately display in full text if available.

    A PDF in HeinOnline with the permanent link option highlighted.
    The permanent link option in the toolbar.
  3. Select the chain-link icon to display the permanent link.

  4. Copy the URL and paste it into your Blackboard course.

    A permanent link displayed in a HeinOnline database.
    A permanent link.
  5. Important: So that the resource will be accessible from off campus, you will have to add the proxy prefix manually. The end result should look similar to this:

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.

To begin:

From the Database A–Z page, select JSTOR.

Search JSTOR and copy links:

  1. Enter your search terms and limiters on the JSTOR Advanced Search page. Then select the Submit Advanced Search button.

    JSTOR advanced search.
    JSTOR advanced search.
  2. After the results appear, select the title of the article you wish to link.

    Results of a JSTOR Advanced Search.
    Search results in JSTOR.
  3. 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.

    Stable URLS on a JSTOR record.
    The available URLs in a JSTOR record.
  4. Copy the URL and paste it into your Blackboard course.

  5. 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.

To begin:

Open the catalog by selecting the option CatalogGo to the Catalog on the library homepage.

Search the catalog and copy links:

  1. Search the catalog to locate a record.

  2. Select the title of the desired record to bring up its details.

    Library catalog with a book title highlighted.
    A book record in the library catalog.
  3. 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.

    Book detais in the catalog with link button highlighted.
    A detailed record from the catalog.
  4. Copy and paste the link.

    Static link displayed in library catalog.
    A static link in a catalog record.

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.

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