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Teaching Resources for Faculty: Link to Articles in Brightspace

WHAT is a 'permalink' and WHY should I use it instead of uploading an article?

Permalinks are permanent links assigned to a specific article or webpage. Using the permalink makes getting back to the article much easier and helps prevent copyright issues.

The d'Alzon Library has subscriptions to databases of full-text material with copyrighted permission if you link (using permalinks) to the content within those databases rather than simply uploading the actual content to your Brightspace course.

You may be in copyright violation if you download, store or distribute content to outside sources (e.g. Moodle, faculty webpages, email, course reserves) without the appropriate permission from the publisher and/or author(s). Please see the Assumption Policy for more information.

Best Practices

 It is a good idea to include enough bibliographic information about the publication to help students find the article or webpage in the event that the Permalink does not work.

Troubleshooting & Help

Your computer, tablet, or smart phone may hold onto cookies and cached files that interfere with loading articles and documents. If the permalink to an article or document doesn't work, you can try clearing the cache and cookies from your device's history.

HOW do I find a permalink to a webpage or article?

This guide walks you through building a stable, permanent link to content:

Make sure it works from OFF campus!

Some library permalinks include the Assumption Proxy URL prefix, or other coding, to assure that users who click the permalink when off campus will be directed to login to the database with their AU username and password.

However, some databases do not include this necessary information. You must test your Permalink from off campus to make sure it will work.

You can add the AU Proxy URL to the Permalink yourself:

This is what the AU Proxy URL prefix looks like:

If your link doesn't already have this prefix, you must add it to the beginning of your resource: 

What if there's no permalink and just a DOI (digital object identifier) ?

Same as above, you may need to build a link for your students:

Add the proxy

and this additional bit


in front of the DOI (digital object identifier) that is in the article. So a DOI that looks like this: 10.1111/jvim.16953


which you can post in Brightspace as a link for your students.