use links to database articles in BlackBoard you must:
Save a persistent
This means the URL leads the user right to the
article everytime. Most TCC databases contain persistent
Do I have to modify the persistent link?
Yes/No. If the URL you copy contains "ezproxy"
you shouldn't have to modify it. In the library databases
find your article, look for "persistent link", "permalink",
or other indication of the persistent URL. Usually, the
persistent URL is NOT the URL in the address bar.
Example of Permalink in an EBSCO database: "Resistance
to Reading Compliance Among College Students: Instructors'
How do I modify my URL if ezproxy isn't included?
Add a prefix that will cause the proxy
server to determine if the user authorized to access the
database. Users be ask for their myTCC login
and password. Three ways are available:
Use EZProxify Drag and Click (Does not work on TCC
this EZProxify link to your IE toolbar not bookmarks.
- Find an article in a database.
- Click the EZProxify link on your toolbar.
- Shorten then copy the article's shortented link with
the proxy information included.
Or, use the box below to automatically
add the prefix and then save the new URL. Some URLs can be
Or, type the ezproxy prefix into
your saved URL. The prefix is: http://ezproxy.vccs.edu:2048/login?url=
link to an article in the Gale Virtual Reference Library
with the prefix added would look like this: http://ezproxy.vccs.edu:2048/login?url=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE|CX3403200311&v=2.1&u=viva2_tcc&it=r&p=GVRL&sw=w
Test your link! Some URLs can be very
long. Be careful when you copy and save them and
be sure the link directs your user correctly. Errors have
included links to .css files (style sheets).
Can I get more help? Printed
instructions (.doc) or or
email a TCC Librarian
Why do I need EZProxy?
By using EZProxy in your BlackBoard classes your students have
access to QUALITY library resources and only have to log in once,
Licensed databases available to our users require that we control
access and restrict it to persons affliated with the VCCS. We
accomplish this by using a proxy server for all off-campus
access to these databases.
When you save (bookmark) a
URL for use in a reading list or class assignment, that URL
must also be modified so students off-campus
can access the database. This page was designed to
help with that modification.