Can I upload an article I obtained through the Library's e-journals or article databases to Blackboard?
Uploading the article is probably not allowed, but there is still a way to provide that access.
The licenses for e-journals provided by the Library do not typically allow uploading of articles, even into a secure site such as Blackboard.
In addition, uploading a PDF of an article means that your students may not have the most recent version of the article. It is not unusual for publishers to make corrections or changes to articles after initial publication, such as adding supplementary material.
A direct link is the best way to ensure consistent access to the most recent version of an article, and it is permitted by our licenses. Linking to the article also allows the Library to track usage and obtain data about the importance of a particular journal.
Creating a direct link is easy; just follow the instructions in our faculty guide.
While uploading and linking to articles in Blackboard may be permitted by our licenses, none of the licenses that the Library has with publishers allows for uploading to, or linking from, freely available websites (i.e., websites that allow access without authentication or that are not password-protected).