How to Create a Persistent Link
Type or paste the URL of the desired resource into the box below and press "Submit".
You may generate direct links in BlackBoard to full-text articles found in many of the Integrated Learning Resource Center’s subscription journal databases. Distance learning and off-campus students can click on these links and go directly to the article, without needing to first login to the Off-Campus Access to Databases (EZproxy) page. This will save your students time in accessing specific articles you want them to read.
Note: Some databases, including Lexis/Nexis Academic, do not support this feature.
You will first need to collect a Persistent URL (PURL) link to the article, as described below. To create a link that will work off campus, it needs to begin with the string below (the utility above adds this automatically):
General Database Directions
Gale, Proquest, etc.
Copy the article URL
Paste the URL into the utility above and click "Submit"
Before it can be accessed off-campus, the persistent link needs to be run through the utility above to add the "ezproxifying" prefix
Open the article you want to link, select "Permalink" from the Tools menu.
A Persistent link will appear at the top of the article, as shown below.
You can then copy and paste this link into BlackBoard as an 'External Link', and it will link your student directly to the article in the database.
Note: Ebsco Persistent links already include the off-campus access information, therefore they do not need to be run through the utility at the top if this page.
Off-Campus Access to Databases