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Faculty and the Library Toolbox: Linking to Articles/Videos

How to integrate library resources into your course

How do I provide my students a link to an article?

Why provide a link?

  • Easy access to reading materials 
  • Follows best practices for Fair Use

What is a persistent link and how does it work?

If you are working from our online subscription databases, it does not work to copy the URL from the URL bar at the top of the page.

You can provide your students a persistent, stable link to the full text of a specific article in the ACC library databases

  • On your syllabus or
  • On your Blackboard course page. 

It's easy to create this link yourself. However,  each database is a little bit different...

ProQuest Persistent Link

  1. Perform a search for the article that you need
  2. From your search results, click on the title to pull up the abstract/individual item information
  3. They call their persistent URL "Document URL" and it is listed underneath the article so you may need to scroll down to see it 
  4. Select and copy this entire link

(Once you pull up the individual item info, you can also click on "cite".  Depending on which citation style you choose, you may see the persistent URL at the end of the citation.)

Example from Austin Statesman online:

Performance Rights - Streaming Media


Am I allowed to show films from the ACC Library's streaming media collection for public events associated with ACC?


All Films on Demand and only Kanopy with the PPR indicator streaming media are licensed for performance rights for events at ACC.


Am I allowed to show films from the ACC Library's streaming media collection in my face-to-face classroom or from Blackboard?


Classroom instructors teaching in-person may use ACC Library Services database streaming media, such as Kanopy or Films on Demand, or DVDs in the classroom. Some streaming platforms outside of ACC Library Services subscriptions prohibit institutional use in their terms of service which supersede any of the fair use factors.

Online instructors cannot stream media without permission or public performance rights licensing from Blackboard - best practice is to provide a link in Blackboard to the film or have students purchase a streaming media account to view films outside of class.

PPR indicator icon in Kanopy

EBSCO Permalink

These instructions work for:

  • ACC Library:  Yellow SEARCH box
  • Any EBSCO database such as Academic Search Complete

If you are logged in or on-campus and using any one of the many databases provided by either of these two vendors, you will be provided with a persistent URL by following these steps:

  1. Perform a search for the article or book chapter that you need

  2. From your search results, click on the Title 

  3. In the box on the right, click on “permalink”. Select and copy this permalink.



Linking to a Films on Demand video

1. Look up your film- search by keyword or subject

2. Click on the film’s title to get the full display

3. Scroll down near the bottom of the page to find the “Segment URL”

4. Use this link to return to the film segment you want

How do I successfully open a Films On Demand movie using a link from PowerPoint?

1. Go to the library website and click on A-Z List of Databases. Note: Make sure to open the library website in the computer’s default browser. For example, if the computer default is set to Firefox, you should use the Firefox browser. In Windows 7, you can find and set default programs from the Windows main menu.


2.  Choose ‘F’.

Search for the Letter - F


3.  Open Films on Demand.


NOTE:  IF you are off campus, at this point, you will need to use your ACCeID and your password to login; but if you are ON campus, that login will not be necessary

4. Now, leave your browser and open your PPT presentation.

5. Your links to Films On Demand videos/film segments within PowerPoint should work properly.



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