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Learn how to link to and incorporate library resources into Blackboard
Last Updated: Jun 7, 2012 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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You want to connect your students to the library's online resources and we want to help you!

If you have any questions about linking to library resources in Blackboard, ask a librarian or call the library's reference desk at (240) 895-4265.


Use a Stable URL

If you want to link to an article in a database or an item in our library catalog you'll need to make sure that you're using a Stable URL (also called a Direct URL or Permalink). By doing so, you'll guarantee that your students will be linked directly to the item you want them see. If you use the URL in your browser's address bar this won't always happen.

Here are a few examples:

In an EBSCOhost Database select the Permalink option to the right of the article record you are viewing and use that URL.

In JSTOR use the Stable URL provided.

In the Library Catalog, open up an item record and choose the named MARC tags display:

then scroll down to the Direct URL:


Proxy Server URL

In order for your students to be able to access online resources while they are off campus, you'll need to include a Proxy URL to the beginning of your Stable URL:

Note: If you're linking to an article in an EBSCO database, the Permalink already includes the proxy server URL, which means no more work for you!


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The Library at St. Mary's College of Maryland

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