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Course Reserves and Linking Library Resources in Blackboard

Importance of Using Persistent Links

It is important to use persistent links given in the databases, because the URL in your browser will often eventually time out and will no longer be useful to your students. 

For copyright purposes, it is important to use the links within the databases to direct your students to the articles instead of saving the PDF and including the PDF in your Blackboard course.  Many publishers do no include uploads in their licenses, and the databases track usage and downloads of articles in order to compensate publishers.

Having your student log into the databases also has another benefit of encouraging your students to learn how to use the resources provided by the library for future research.

‚ÄčUnfortunately, there is not consistency as to what these links are called across EbscoHostProQuest, etc.  In some they are called "permalinks" or "Copy Link", regardless of the name they are the same thing, a persistent link.  Make sure to find that link on the page and copy and paste that link into Blackboard.

Link to ProQuest Articles Steps

  1. Login to ProQuest and search for articles.

  2. In the results page, click on the article title.

  3. Select and Copy the URL for the ProQuest article. In Proquest, the URL in the address bar is already a Permanent Link.

  4. Past the link into Blackboard. (See Linking to Library Resources.)

Link to ProQuest Articles Steps with Images

1. Login to ProQuest

2. Search for articles.

3. In the results page, click on article title.


4.  Select and Copy URL for ProQuest Article. (The URL is already a Permanent Link.)


5. Paste link in Blackboard.