Q. How do I fix the database link I put into my Blackboard course?

The database link put into my Blackboard course is not working. What do I do?


Answer

How Database Authentication Works

The authentication process that enables access to FCC library databases is moderated through a proxy server. For the process to work, you must access library databases through the links on the library's A - Z Databases page (rather than through a link found by searching for the database's name in Google). You can also link directly to a specific item in a database (such as an article) by using that item's permalink.

How to Get the Correct Database URL from the A - Z Databases Page

  1. Go to the A - Z Databases pages at https://guides.frederick.edu/az.php 
  2. Find the name of the database you want, then right-click on the database name
  3. Click "Copy link address" in the dialog box
  4. Paste the copied link where you want it to go in Bb and save your changes! 

How to Get a Database Item's Permalink

  1. Go to the A - Z Databases pages at https://guides.frederick.edu/az.php 
  2. Find the name of the database you want, then double-click the database name to access it (you will have to login if you're off-campus)
  3. Once in, navigate to the specific database item you want (Examples: an article or video)
  4. Click on the title of the item 
  5. In the options menu (usually on the right-side of the page; you will see options shuch as "Share," "Save," "Cite" etc.), look for an option called "permalink" and click on it.
  6. Copy the permalink and paste it where you want to in Blackboard. Save your changes!

If you've followed these steps and you are still having problems with a database link, please contact the Digital Resources Librarian at 301-846-2444.

  • Last Updated Aug 12, 2019
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  • Answered By Rebecca Montgomery

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