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Linking to Full-Text Articles From Library Databases

The library provides many full-text resources through subscription databases and electronic journal collections. In order to avoid copyright issues with re-scanning or downloading an article, you may provide a link from your Blackboard or other Web site to materials in these databases.

"Digital object identifiers" (DOI) or "stable" or "persistent" links are available for most of the full-text materials in our collections; they provide permanent access to the materials. If there are no stable URLs available, the link you create may not be available after your session. Below are instructions for linking to the stable URLs provided through some of our database systems.

Note: If you want students to access the materials from offcampus, the URL must begin with the following:

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

If a collection you need is not on this list, or if you need further assistance, contact Tonia Graves (tgraves@odu.edu) or Karen Vaughan (kvaughan@odu.edu).

Instructions for articles with a DOI

A few of our electronic journal databases contain DOIs for every article -- among them are ACM Digital Library, Journals @ OVID, Nature, Science Direct, SpringerLink, Wiley Interscience. Other databases will have a DOI for some articles but all. If the database you are searching, or the actual article, includes a DOI, follow these instructions for linking:

    1. On either the full citation page or on the actual article, find the "DOI" for that article. It will be a number that looks like this:

      doi:10.1145/1064546.1064548

    2. To link to the DOI, use the following elements in your link:
      1. Library proxy prefix -- http://proxy.lib.odu.edu/login?url=
      2. URL for DOI System site -- http://dx.doi.org/
      3. The DOI for your article -- 10.1145/1064546.1064548

        eg: http://proxy.lib.odu.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1064546.1064548

Instructions for individual databases

The databases below will provide DOIs for some but not all articles. In most cases you will find the DOI by clicking on the link to the actual PDF article. If there is no DOI, look for the words "Permalink," "Stable" or "persistent" URL in the full record from the results list.

EBSCOhost

In Firefox:

  1. Find the full citation of the article by clicking on the title.
  2. To the right under "Tools," select "Permalink."
  3. Copy the link and paste it into your Blackboard page -- after the URL for the library's proxy server: http://proxy.lib.odu.edu/login?url=
  4. With this link, the user can return to the citation page and click on the PDF.

eg: http://proxy.lib.odu.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=45694446&site=ehost-live

JSTOR
  1. Find the citation to an article to which you want to create a link. Click on "Item Information."
  2. Find the "Stable URL" link under the citation.
  3. Copy and paste the URL into your Blackboard page -- after the URL for the library's proxy server: http://proxy.lib.odu.edu/login?url=

eg: http://proxy.lib.odu.edu/login?url=http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=1062-4783%28199221%2926%3A1%3C31%3ACITMB%3E2.0.CO%3B2-1

Project Muse

  1. Open the full-text or pdf article for which you want to create a link.
  2. Copy the URL in the browser's address box, and paste it into your Blackboard page -- after the URL for the library's proxy server: http://proxy.lib.odu.edu/login?url=

eg: http://proxy.lib.odu.edu/login?url=http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v052/ 52.1kraxberger.pdf

ProQuest

  1. Find the article/thesis to which you want to create a link.
  2. Click on the "Full Text" link in ABI/Inform, or "Abstract" in Dissertations & Theses
  3. In the citation portion, copy the "Document URL" and paste it into your Blackboard page -- after the URL for the library's proxy server: http://proxy.lib.odu.edu/login?url=

eg: http://proxy.lib.odu.edu/login?url=http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=913132851&sid=1&Fmt=3&clientId=3505&RQT=309&VName=PQD

SAGE Full-text Collections

  1. Find the citation to an article for which you want to create a link.
  2. Right click on the pdf link, and select "Copy Shortcut."
  3. Paste the link into your Blackboard page-- after the URL for the library's proxy server: http://proxy.lib.odu.edu/login?url=

eg: http://proxy.lib.odu.edu/login?url=http://cac.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/40/4/403

WilsonWeb

  1. Open the full citation for the item to which you want to create a link.
  2. At the bottom of the citation, (if there is no DOI) right click on the "Persistent URL" for either the html or pdf link, and select "Copy Shortcut."
  3. In your Blackboard page, right-click and Paste the link into the URL box.
  4. Precede your link with the library's proxy server URL -- http://proxy.lib.odu.edu/login?url=

eg: http://proxy.lib.odu.edu/login?url=http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/jumpstart.jhtml?
recid=0bc05f7a67b1790e1e9c442f93fe94fd986b47420d3ca7f4c471e938299&fmt=P

NOTE:

Factiva and Lexis/Nexis do not provide stable URLs at this time.