Linking to Articles & E-books in Library Databases

You can link to full text articles and e-books in Blackboard with no copyright issues. 


Linking to Articles in OneSearch -- this is the easiest!

  • Click on the article or e-book title.
  • Select Permalink from the tool box on the right.
  • You'll see the permalink above the article or e-book title. Notice that it already has the library login proxy attached.
  • Just copy and paste the permalink and your students will be able to get to the item from on campus or off.

         Sample Search 


         Sample Article 


         Sample E-book  --- The rules for simultaneous users for e-books varies by publisher.
                                       This guide gives you that information.


Tiny URL test: 

Here's a link to Tiny URL


Here's a link to OneSearch.

Linking to Articles using the Library Proxy

  • Most databases provide a PURL (persistent URL) or DOI (digital object identifier) for articles. This means the link will always be good no matter how long ago you accessed the article.
  • The document URL or the DOI will almost always be on the full database record.
  • Most of the time the URL that you see in the Internet address bar is not permanent.
  • You may use either the PURL or the DOI to link directly to full text articles in Blackboard with no copyright restrictions.
  • For off campus access, you must prepend the library's proxy URL to the PURL or DOI. This automatically prompts log in and makes it possible for your students to get to the article from off campus.

    Use this prefix for PURLS --


    Use this prefix for DOIs --- 


         Sample article 


         Sample article using DOI 

Linking to a Reading List in RefWorks

  • Here is RefWorks information - how to sign up, how to use.
  • Create a login and password for your specific class. You can have as many instances of RefWorks as you want - each with a different password. You can also set it so that students cannot add or delete to your reading list.
  • Once you have your reading list in RefWorks, add this link to Blackboard. 
  • Give your students the login and password. 
  • Each article will have the LinkSource icon.  Students will link straight to the full text article from the LinkSource menu.

    Sample RefWorks reading list -- username = barbaratuck  password = tolseminar 

Finding the full text if you already have a citation

Use OneSearch 

  • We're finding that OneSearch is a good place to begin.
  • Just type the title of the article in the search box. Many times the full text will be immediately available. 
  • Use the instructions above to get the OneSearch permalink.

Use E-Journal Locator  

  • This will tell you if we have the journal electronically and which database has it.
  • Note the coverage dates. Some coverage is sporadic.
  • If you have the volume and issue number, you can get to the article fairly easily.

Use the citation linker in OneSearch.

  • Use the Revise Request menu here. Enter as much information as you can, but just use the last names of authors. You don't know if the database uses the full first name or the initials.
  • You may be able to link to the full text in another database.
  • If there is no link to full text, you may request your article through Interlibrary Loan. Just use the ILL link on the menu.

    Sample article
    Bringing Community Health Nursing Education to Life with Serious Games. Hogan, Michelle; Kapralos, Bill; Cristancho, Sayra; Finney, Ken; Dubrowski, Adam; International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 2011; 8 (1): 1-13

See which database indexes a particular journal if the full text is not available.

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