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Persistent URLs for linking to online articles and e-books

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Many course instructors look for ways to provide course reading material to their students from Blackboard or course web pages. If a reading is available online through the library, it is preferable to link to the reading rather than to post a digital copy due to possible copyright issues. This tutorial provides examples of how to find persistent URLs, or pURLS that can be used for linking from Blackboard to electronic library resources like online articles and ebooks.

To post a link to an article, we need to see if the library has access to the article online and, if so, we need to locate the pURL. For the purposes of this tutorial we are going to search for the article below:

Hunnicutt, G., & Andrews, K. (2009). Tragic Narratives in Popular Culture: Depictions of Homicide in Rap Music. Sociological Forum, 24(3), 611-630.

To see if this article is available online, go to the library's web page and click on Journals and Newspapers. In the search box, type or paste the journal title and click submit.This journal is available online from multiple sources. For this tutorial, we are going to use Academic Search Premier because it is the most highly used database that the library provides. The article we want was published in 2009 in volume 24 issue 3. We locate the desired article in this issue and click on the title. You will be taken to the web page within the database for this article. On the right, click the permalink selection. Right click on the URL in the permalink box and copy the URL. You can now paste this URL into Blackboard or a course web page.

When your students click on the link from Blackboard they will be taken to this page. To read the article, they just need to click on the PDF full text link. When they click on the PDF link, the document will open.

When creating pURLS, do not just copy the URL that is in the browser bar. This is not a persistent URL. If you use the link from the browser bar, it may not work properly the next time someone clicks on it.

pURLs are often found in different places in other library resources. For example, in Business Source Complete, the pURL is at the bottom of the page and in JSTOR the pURL is at the top of the page.

Some other Library Resources, such as ScienceDirect present a different kind of pURL called a Digital Object Identifier. Just right click on the DOI link and copy the link location to get the pURL.

The library also offers access to thousands of ebooks. There are a couple of different ways to link to ebooks from the library. First, locate the ebook in the library catalog that you would like to share with your students, click on the title of the ebook and scroll down to the bottom of the catalog page. Here you will find a pURL to this catalog record for the book. You can use this to link directly to this page or you can link directly to the ebook by right clicking on the link and copying the link location. Using this method will bypass the library catalog page.