Q. I want to post links to library articles in my Blackboard shell. How can I ensure that my students will be able to access the articles from off campus?
Make sure that you use the permalink--also known as a durable link, stable link, or persistent link--provided on each article's database record page, rather than the longer URL in the address bar. The address bar URL frequently contains information that is specific to your session, such as the date and time or your search terms, which will prevent it from working later.
You should also add what we call the "proxy prefix" to the beginning of each permalink. Regular permalinks will always work on campus, but the proxy prefix ensures that students receive the FHSU login page, where they can use their TigerNetID username and password, when they attempt to access the article from off campus. Here is the proxy prefix:
If you don't add the proxy prefix, students attempting to access the article from off campus will see the database record for the article but will not be able to access the full text because they are not logged in. Students can only log in to library databases using the FHSU login page, not the separate login page provided by some databases.