Persistent Linking to Library Resources


As an instructor, you may want to provide your students with additional documents related to the primary readings assigned to them. While photocopying documents has been a common method of providing these documents in the past, doing so carries with it the cost of paper and risk of copyright infringement. You can bypass both of these issues by using persistent links (also called persistent URLs, or permalinks). By creating these links to articles that you wish to share, which are meant to be viewed from Blackboard but do not require Blackboard, students may easily access them via the computer, and they have the choice of whether or not to print (which is legal, due to the library paying the necessary license fee).

It is important to keep in mind that these links are not the same as the links that appear on the top of your browser screen. VCSU uses a proxy server to verify your credentials as a VCSU student/faculty/staff member, and this proxy server then accesses the vendor databases. The URLs that are used in this process have various links, but all initial URLs begin with the server As a result, the persistent links that you share must be formatted in a very specific manner.

To access these resources Off Campus, students must login to Off Campus Access.  For more information, please visit our Off Campus Access information page.

To obtain a persistent link for an article, follow the steps for each specific database vendor:


In any of the online resources provided through EBSCO, when you come across an article or eBook/eAudiobook that you would like to share, look for the Permalink option. Click on it.

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A text box containing the persistent URL should appear directly above the article title:

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You may then copy this link and share it with your students. Because the link already begins with, this means that it is ready for sharing immediately.

Films on Demand

For Films on Demand, persistent links can be used for both individual videos and lists of videos grouped by subject or collection.

To obtain a persistent link of a single video or segment, navigate to the video or segment in Films on Demand. On the page, below the description of the video, you will see a text box with the caption Segment URL or Title URL. Again, this URL has the appropriate prefix, so you may copy it and share with students.

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To obtain a persistent link of a list of videos, use the Subjects menu bar at the top of the Films on Demand page to find the subject you need (keep in mind that some subjects are nested within other subjects; for instance, Spanish can be found within World Languages).

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When you come to a list of videos that you would like to share, find Page Link (see the screenshot above) and click on it. This will bring up a window containing the persistent link that you can share with your students.

There are also other customized collections in Films on Demand found in the Special Collections menu. As with the subject page, if you find the Page Link option directly below the banner of the collection, you can obtain a link to share with students that will bring them directly to the collection.

For more information about how to embed Films on Demand videos into your BlackBoard courses, please refer to the Library's Films on Demand Guide for Faculty.


The JSTOR database also provides persistent links. However, you will have to perform an additional step of adding a prefix to the source.

When you enter JSTOR, find the article that you need and open it. Near the top of the page, find the link with the description Stable URL (the screenshot below should tell you where the link is).

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Copy this URL, and combine it with the prefix (for instance, the completed persistent link for the above resource would be


To find the persistent link for an article in ProQuest, navigate to the article’s citation or abstract page. This page lists the indexing detail. Look for the field titled Document URL, and copy the URL that is provided. This already has the prefix, so you do not need to change it:

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Please note that to link to the landing page for a journal title (say, for instance, the New York Times), you may need to modify the link in your browser bar. ProQuest, for some reason, does not seem to generate a permanent URL automatically for you at the landing page level.

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The New York Times URL you will find in your browser will likely be: Please add the prefix to ensure that the publication loads correctly in the future.

Thus, the permanent link to the New York Times will be

While the long link is cumbersome, correctly linking to library resources will ensure less technical issues for your students, and less troubleshooting for you.