Shiffman Medical Library

Creating Persistent Links to WSU Library Resources

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Click here for a video on creating persistent links using the Blackboard Create Article Link Blackboard Building Block

What is a Persistent Link?

The links to articles, books and book chapters in library databases are often dynamically created. That is why you cannot just copy and paste the URL from the Address box into Blackboard. Additionally, links to articles in restricted library databases need to include the EZ Proxy prefix so off-campus authenticated users can access the restricted resources

You can use the database provided persistent link or a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) to create your persistent link. Following are instructions for creating EZ Proxy authenticated persistent links to copy into your Blackboard site or course website.

Creating a Persistent Link directly from a Library Database

Many databases have specific instructions for creating persistent links to articles. Remember, you must insert the following prefix in before the persistent link URL (no spaces) to add our EZ Proxy Authentication to the persistent link:

http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=

Persistent links are identified through a variety of names and buttons in the databases. Some of those include:

  • Permalink
  • Link Pickup
  • Bookmark
  • Stable URL
  • Document URL
  • Persistent URL

If you cannot locate a persistent URL in the database you are using, please contact Ask-A-Librarian for assistance.

To create a persistent link from a library database:

  1. Highlight and copy the entire persistent link provided by the database. Sometimes these can be quite long.
  2. Paste the link into Blackboard (either Text Box for an ITEM or URL box if an EXTERNAL LINK) or on a Word Document.
  3. Insert the following prefix in before the persistent link URL (no spaces):

    http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=

    (This adds our proxy server authentication script)

    You can use CREATE ARTICLE LINK under COURSE TOOLS in Blackboard to create a link containing the library prefix, which you can copy into your Blackboard course

Example: If the persistent link for your document is http://www.jstor.org/stable/4151533, the hyperlink would be:

http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/4151533

Where:

http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=
is the WSU Proxy Authentication Script
http://www.jstor.org/stable/4151533
is the persistent link provided by the database.

Students are then taken to a page where they can select the PDF link to access the full text of the document.

Creating a Persistent Link using a DOI (Digital Object Identifier)

The DOI (or Digital Object Identifier) is a standardized method for identifying an electronic object. Publishers are increasingly using DOIs to uniquely identify articles, book chapters, or any other "objects" in their databases.

When available, the DOI is the preferred method of linking to a document because it is platform independent and will never change.

DOI Example

Look for the DOI or "doi:" in the bibliographic record or the article full text page. The format for a DOI looks something like this:

To create a persistent link using a DOI:

  1. Highlight and copy the entire DOI number provided for the document.
  2. Paste the DOI into Blackboard (either Text Box for an ITEM or URL box if an EXTERNAL LINK) on a Word Document.
  3. Insert the following prefix in before the DOI URL (no spaces):

    http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/

    (This adds our proxy server authentication script and the DOI link script)

    You can use CREATE ARTICLE LINK under COURSE TOOLS in Blackboard to create a link containing the library prefix, which you can copy into your Blackboard course

Example: If the DOI for your document is doi:10.1016/j.jinteco.2004.07.002, the hyperlink would be:

http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jinteco.2004.07.002

Where:

http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=
is the WSU Proxy Authentication Script
http://dx.doi.org/
is the DOI resolver script
10.1016/J.JINTECO.2004.07.002
is the DOI

Students are then taken to a page where they can select the PDF link to access the full text of the document.

HOT TIP: DOI Lookup

A form which allows you to retrieve Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for journal articles, books, and chapters by cutting and pasting the reference is available at http://www.crossref.org/freeTextQuery/

Directions for Creating a Persistent Link directly from a Library Database

EbscoHOST Research Databases (Business Source Complete, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Library Literature & Information Science Full-Text, Mental Measurements Yearbook, OmniFile Full-Text Select, PsycARTICLES)

From the search results, click on the Article Title. On the right under Tools, select Permalink. Copy and paste the entire link that appears in the Permalink box above the article title.

IMPORTANT: The EbscoHOST Permalink includes authentication, so you do not have to use the Blackboard Create Article Link. You can put the link directly into Blackboard.

Example:

http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rzh&AN=2010652678&site=ehost-live&scope=site

FirstSearch (ArticleFirst, ERIC)

From the search results, click on the Article Title. Select the PDF or HTML full-text link. In the upper right corner, select the Link Pickup button. Next to IP-address recognition URL for direct article access click the Link Pickup link. Copy and paste the URL from the browser address box.

Example:

http://firstsearch.oclc.org/html/webscript.html:%3Asessionid=fsapp9-55474-ffbcc8cy-s6vos0:sessionid=fsapp9-55474-ffbcc8cy-s6vos0:

Gale (Academic OneFile, Health Reference Center, Academic, General OneFile, LegalTrac, Literature Resource Center)

From the search results, select the Article Title. You may copy the DOI or select Bookmark this Document from the Tools menu on the right. If you select Bookmark this Document, copy and paste the entire Bookmark URL from the pop-up box.

Example:

http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA268311551&v=2.1&u=lom_waynesu&it=r&p=AONE&sw=w

JSTOR

From the search results, select the Article Title. From the publication information at the top of the page, copy and paste the Stable URL link.

Example:

http://www.jstor.org/stable/622574

ProQuest Research Library

From the search results, click on the Citation/Abstract link that appears under the article citation in the search results. Scroll down to the Document URL field. Copy and paste the entire link that appears next to the Document URL field.

IMPORTANT: The ProQuest link includes authentication, so you do not have to use the Blackboard Create Article Link. You can put the link directly into Blackboard.

Example:

http://search.proquest.com.proxy.lib.wayne.edu/docview/200515777?accountid=14925

Directions for Creating a Persistent Link Directly to an Ebook

Please contact your liaison librarian if you will be using an ebook in your course, so we can assure the ebook is part of our permanent collection.

Cambridge Histories Online

To link to a book or chapter, go to the volume or book chapter in Cambridge Histories Online. With the page you would like to link to on the screen, copy the URL or the DOI (located in the descriptive information) and use the Create Article Link tool in Blackboard to create a persistent link.

ebl

From the main page of the book, open the Table of Contents. Locate the chapter you need in the Table of Contents. Right click the chapter you'd like to link to and select Copy Link Location. You can then paste the URL anywhere you need. There's no need to add the proxy script to any of these URLs, the EBL link is configured to prompt patrons for authentication automatically.

ebrary

Select the ebrary Reader button. When the book comes up in the ebrary reader window, select the page you want to link to. From the INFOTOOLS list (upper left corner), select Copy Bookmark (it will automatically be put onto your clipboard). Use the Create Article Link tool to create the persistent link to the book or chapter.

GALE Virtual Reference Library

Have the selected view (subject group, search results, book or chapter) up on the screen. Select Bookmark at the top of the page. Copy the URL and use the Create Article Link tool in Blackboard to create a persistent link. (Note - you cannot link to a section of a chapter and you cannot link to the PDF view.)

Safari Tech Books

Go to the page you want to link to. Select the URL button at the top right of the page view. Copy the URL and use the Create Article Link tool in Blackboard to create a persistent link.

StatRef!

Open the book and/or chapter you want to link to. Select the Link to Page link in the upper right area of the page. Click the Select All link. Use CTRL-C or copy to copy the link to your clipboard, and use the Create Article Link tool in Blackboard to create a persistent link.

To find ebooks on any topic, go to the Catalog and search for your topic. Select ebook from the Format section on the left in your search results.


Need help? Ask-A-Librarian

Shiffman Medical Library
Wayne State University
Mazurek Medical Education Commons
320 E. Canfield St.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 577-1094