The University of Kansas Libraries
Linking Directly to Electronic Resources
Articles and books from electronic databases can be used in Blackboard coursework, but due to license restrictions, access to electronic resources should only be provided through direct links to the material. Identifying and creating the persistent links can be a little complicated. URLs displayed in the address bar are not always stable. We provide a video tutorial and information below on creating the links and include specific directions on some of the more popular databases/publishers.
If you're unsure what links to provide or what additional data to add to the link, please contact us for assistance. We will be glad to help you. Just send an e-mail to email@example.com and library staff will be in touch.
See below for text instructions on how to link.*
- Locate: Use the Find Article by Citation to locate the article you wish to link and the database in which it exists. Then use the database-specific instructions below to choose the respective database and identify the article's stable URL or DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
- Combine: Combine the KU proxy prefix with the stable URL.. The proxy prefix allows KU faculty, staff, and students to access licensed e-resources from off-campus (using their KU Online ID). Sometimes the proxy prefix will already appear in the URL. You don't need to add it again.
Proxy prefix: http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?URL=.
- Combine: If you only have a DOI instead of a text string, you also need to add http://dx.doi.org/.
- Paste: Copy and paste the hybrid URL into your documents, e-mail, or course page. The final version will have two "http://"'s, as shown below:
- Warning: If you paste URLs with the proxy prefix into documents, it is best not to save as a Microsoft Word document. Word distorts the code and the links won't work. If you have a Word document with links, please save as PDF or HTML before loading into Blackboard.
*Linking is permitted for all licensed content except for the Harvard Business Review. The publisher of the Harvard Business Review forbids linking to articles as well as placing copies of articles in Blackboard. Students must search for these articles on their own.