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Creating Durable URL's in Blackboard

Articles from electronic databases can be used in Blackboard coursework. Due to licensing agreements, these articles can only be provided as direct links to the material. The article itself cannot be posted in Blackboard. Instructors who wish to provide articles from the databases as part of their coursework without having to make the student search for the material can use the persistent link (a.k.a. durable URL) of the article to provide direct access to it. Do NOT use the URL in the locator as that address has a session ID and typically expires within 24 hours. The persistent link permits the student to access the article without having to search or find the database. Persistent links vary depending upon the database vendor. Below are examples of how to obtain durable URLs from two vendors, EBSCO and ProQuest.

Here is an example from EBSCO's Academic Search Premier (which will be the same for all EBSCO databases, i.e., MasterFile Premier, Business Source Premier): You are interested in providing the article below for your students but do not wish to cut and paste or make the student search for the article. Inside the upper portion of the article with the citation information is the persistent link ("Persistent Link to this Record"):

Ebsco product

Copy and paste this link into your Blackboard construction area (located in the Control Panel):

Blackboard control panel

After you paste the title, make sure to click the hyperlink button in order to activate the link.

For ProQuest products (i.e., Proquest Newspapers, Criminal Justice Periodicals, ABI Inform):

Proquest products

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the reference desk at 630-7123 or reference@methodist.edu.