One convenient option for making reading material available to students through Blackboard is to create persistent or durable links to full-text articles found in the library’s research databases. Some of the advantages of providing persistent links to articles are:
- Students do not have to come to the library. They can access articles anytime and anywhere.
- It familiarizes students with research databases. Linking provides students the opportunity to see and use the database without having the added responsibility of evaluating and choosing the information from the database.
- The responsibility falls on the database vendor to handle the copyright issues (e.g., to pay the copyright holder when there is a requirement for that to be done). You don’t have to go through the hassle of getting the necessary permissions to: place copyrighted materials in the library’s reserves, photocopy the material, or download the full article on your Bb course site.
For more information on creating persistent links, check out the online guide, Integrating Library Resources Into Your Blackboard Courses , or contact the Reference Desk.