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Link to library resources through Blackboard… successfully!

August 1st, 2012

in Mugar Memorial Library, Pickering Educational Resources Library

Creating a link to a research article within Blackboard isn’t always easy.  You think you have the link, and then when you test it out, something is wrong!

To get your link correct you must have the EZproxy bit.

Many research articles are available to BU through library subscriptions: we have to pay for these things.  EZproxy is the way the BU community proves some affiliation with BU before access is granted.

On the Libraries’ website, we write our links with EZproxy, and then everyone goes through the standard BU Web Login. But the publishers often have difficulty replicating the EZproxy bit of code for the permanent link they report on their websites.

Please see the IS&T instructions on how to add the EZproxy string to the URL, so that anyone following the link can provide proof of BU affiliation.