Creating Persistent URLs for Blackboard

(For assistance, contact the library at 248.204.3000 or email

In order to post an article in Blackboard, it is best to link through to the original article from the library's databases.  Scanning and posting articles requires permission from the source, and this usually entails a payment of a royalty fee. The library is already paying a royalty when it subscribes to databases that have full-text, so linking to these articles does not require permission.

For users off-campus, it is necessary to send the link through the proxy server, so a student can be authenticated as a legitimately enrolled student. The steps are outlined below.

Here is a short Impatica presentation on how to do this, courtesy of LTU Online:
Linking Digital Library Resources in Blackboard (Impatica presentation)

For specific database tips at LTU, refer to the Word document on this page.

First Step:

Find the article's URL address. This is usually a "persistent link"...the URL that stays the same and pinpoints that specific article. Many databases have this feature, calling it a "bookmark" or other nomeclature. In some cases, a DOI link will work as well.  Blackboard has a facility to add URLs as noted in the examples above.

Second Step:

Add the EZProxy server's address to the front of the URL.

It should look something like this:

Third Step:

Check your link from on and off campus. If there are problems, contact the library for assistance.


- Can"t find the persistent link? Ask the library. In some cases, such as Lexis-Nexis, there are no persistent links, but there may be alternatives. The URL at the top of the search window is not always a persistent link.

- EZProxy is already imbedded? You may have to "un-imbed" it and add the link above to the front of the URL. If you are not sure how to "un-imbed" EZProxy, the on campus library staff can give you the correct link info.

- The link works, but cannot get to article off-campus? At certain times and certain circumstances, the database may not be available from off-campus due to a variety of circumstances. Check with the library.

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