Linking to Articles in BB and Engage
Twin Cities Library provides many articles, eBooks, and streaming videos through subscription databases and electronic journal collections. You can add the persistent links to these online resources to your Blackboard or Engage course pages, making it easy to connect your students to relevant, academic material.
Getting the Link
A persistent link consists of two parts: an off-campus login prompt that allows only the Saint Mary's community to access the copyrighted material, and either a DOI number or the database's own persistent link to the item. Persistent link locations vary from database to database; use the tables below to find out where a persistent link is located.
Several databases do not have the Saint Mary's off-campus login prompt included in their persistent links. (Without the login prompt, students off campus will be unable to access the item.) That means you have to manually add the Saint Mary's off-campus login prompt to the beginning of the item's persistent link.
- Step 1: Copy one of the following Saint Mary's off-campus login prompts below:
- Use with persistent links: http://ezproxy.smumn.edu/login?url=
- Use with DOI numbers: http://ezproxy.smumn.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/
- Step 2: Paste the Saint Mary's off-campus login prompt directly before the item's persistent link, with no spaces (see below).
- Persistent link:
- DOI number:
Note: Some databases do not provide persistent links or DOI numbers for articles. If you encounter this issue, please contact your librarian.
Adding the Persistent Link to Blackboard
- Begin by logging in to access the class you are teaching.
- Select Course Materials (or whatever section).
- Mouse over Build Content.
- Select Web Link.
- Fill out the Name field; paste the persistent link into the URL field.
- Select Submit.
Faculty members using Engage should contact their Engage technology support person for help regarding embedding the links.
Copyright Issues in Blackboard and Engage
As a Saint Mary's University faculty member, you are expected to use information ethically and legally. Emailing articles to students or uploading articles to Blackboard / Engage course pages violates copyright law. Instead, you should link to articles in the manner explained above. Doing so ensures the Saint Mary's University meets legal standards, and it enables authors and copyright holders to be compensated for their work.
As an overview:
- Copyright law states that individuals and organizations cannot distribute work owned by others.
- Academic publishers create licensing agreements with authors/copyright holders in order to legally distribute their work through academic databases.
- Saint Mary's University pays academic publishers for licensed access to academic databases, thus providing students, faculty, and staff legal access to copyrighted academic material.
- Academic publishers track usage of database materials and provide remuneration to the authors/copyright holders as usage and licensing agreements dictate.
Also, please be aware of special copyright issues to consider when linking to articles in Blackboard/Engage. Certain publications, like the Harvard Business Review, strictly prohibit the use of their material as assigned coursework, even if the articles are available in library databases. (Our licensed database access dictates this. Learn more.) Copyright restrictions are attached at the end of articles, so please check these before linking to articles or requiring students to read them as part of an assignment.
Have a copyright question or comment? Contact a librarian for assistance.