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How to Find Persistent Links for Articles

Electronic Reserves

Copyright law requires that permissions be obtained from the copyright holder for dissemination of articles. Fair use exemptions must meet the appropriate conditions (see Fontbonne's Copyright Guide for details).

Persistent Links

To avoid copyright issues, you may be able to provide your students with a direct, unchanging (persistent) link to the article you want to use in your class. If we have access to the article thorough one of our Library databases, you can put a Persistent Link to the article in Blackboard that will take students directly to that article. This method does not require copyright permissions to be secured. Here's how to set it up:

Finding the Article

You must have the citation for the article you need in hand. Here is the article we will look for in this example:

Devine, J., & Egger-Sider, F. (2004, July). Beyond Google: The Invisible Web in the Academic Library. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 30(4), 265-269. Retrieved February 14, 2009, from Academic Search Premier database.

  • On Fontbonne Library's webpage, Click on Journals A-to-Z.
  • Log in using your Fontbonne username & password, if off-campus. 
  • In Journals A-to-Z, type the title of the JOURNAL in the FIND box. Your results will look similar to this:

Journal of Academic Librarianship:
Academic Search Premier 1975 - 2004 (embargo: 1 year)
Business Source Premier
1975 - 2004
Education Research Complete
1975 - 2004
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) with Full Text 1975 – 2004

  • If the journal is indexed in a database to which Fontbonne Library subscribes, a link (underlined and in blue) will be provided to the database and the dates for which full-text is available will be shown. (NOTE: Watch out for an EMBARGO, meaning that full-text for issues in that time period are not currently available.)
  • Click on the database link that provides the appropriate date coverage you need and use your citation to find the article. Follow the directions below:

For EBSCO databases:

  • In an EBSCO database, select the year needed, then the issue/month.
  • When the results list appears, scroll down to find the article.
  • Once you have found the article you need, click on the title of the article.
  • Once the article appears, click on the Permalink icon on the right side of the screen.  
  • Copy that link and paste it into Blackboard. Include the citation in Blackboard as well -- it will be helpful for students if that database is unavailable for some reason when they go to retrieve the article.

You can put the link under Course Documents or wherever makes the most sense for your course.


If A-to-Z provides a link to JSTOR for your article, you will be linked to the browse screen for that journal title.

  • Scroll down and select year, issue, article title, etc. as you did above.
  • Once you have found the correct article, cut and paste the URL from the top of the screen. This will take students through the proxy server to authenticate them and give them access to the article whether they are on or off campus.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact Jane Theissen or 314-889-4570.


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