Answered By: Oonagh Monaghan
Last Updated: 07 Sep 2020     Views: 174

The Library subscribes to many electronic databases and includes access to full-text journals and other published material.  Within the Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard, academics can signpost students to particular journal articles by providing a link to the item on a particular database or by using the electronic reading list software, Talis Aspire.

Generally, you should avoid downloading a PDF article from a database and storing it within Blackboard.

When linking to e-journal articles, always check the terms and conditions for a policy on the type and format of links allowed.

Unless you are absolutely sure the journal allows it, you should not download a PDF article from an e-journal and upload it to Blackboard. 

To ensure that you are not breaching copyright law, the best option is to use the Talis electronic reading lists to allow quick and easy links to the articles within the subscribed databases.

Linking to an article, rather than posting a copy, ensures compliance with copyright restrictions.  For links that are permanent check the individual database.  For example:

  • EBSCO databases: Look for PERMALINK under TOOLS on the right hand side of the record.
  • Proquest databases: Right-click on Citation/Abstract; copy link location


The same copyright rules apply to utilising Talis Elevate.  You should always consider the copyright of any content when uploading resources.

If there are articles from journals that the University does not subscribe to, you can request that it be digitised by contacting your Academic Subject Librarian