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  1. Go to MySuffolk,
  2. Log in
  3. Click on the tab for Blackboard
    screenshot of the banner in mysuffolk
  4. Click on Open in a New Window
    screenshot of the active tab for blackboard in mysuffolk 
  5. Under My Courses, click on the title of the course to which you would like to add a link to reserve readings.
    screenshot of my courses 
  6. In the left column, click on Course Media
    screenshot of menu in blackboard 
  7. Move your mouse over Build Content
  8. Select Content Folder (recommended)
    screenshot of build content menu 
  9. In the menu that opens, create a name for your folder, such as Readings
    screenshot of the folder menu 
  10. Click submit button
  11. Click on the new folder's name.
    screenshot of the readings folder 
  12. Minimize Blackboard
  13. Start up another browser window (or, open another browser tab)
  14. Go to the Sawyer Library's homepage
  15. Click on the link for Databases by Subject (
  16. Click on a relevant subject area. 
  17. Click on the link for a database.
  18. To obtain the permanent link to an article in the database you have chosen, follow the instructions on the relevant tab of the Sawyer Library Guide, Persistent URLs (PURLs) -- How to Create Them, available at:
    1. Make sure to copy the PURL
    2. Follow the instructions on the relevant tab of the Persistent URLs guide for copying the Permanent URL.
      To be accessible on- and off-campus, a correctly formatted article-level persistent URL must begin with "http://0-" and include "" AFTER the vendor domain. Therefore, a correctly-formatted PURL would look like this example:
  19. Return to Blackboard.
  20. Mouse over Build Content
  21. Select URL
    screenshot of build content menu 
  22. In the window that opens, all fields marked with a asterisk must be completed.
  23. Paste the URL into the field labelled URL
    screenshot of the build URL window 
  24. Scroll down to part 3, Options.
  25. Reset the option, Open in a New Window to Yes
    This is critical -- if you do not do this, the link will not work from off-campus.
     screenshot of options
  26. Click submti at the bottom of the page. 
  27. When you are done, the link should look something like this:
    screenshot of a link in the folder 


  • The Sawyer Library has access to millions of full text, scholarly articles in its tuition-supported subscription-based databases.
  • a persistent URL (PURL) can link directly to the article level.
  • copyright clearance is included for all of these full text articles.
  • Helps direct the student to exactly what you want them to read.
  • Saves the student some money if you can replace articles with course packets.


  • Almost every database has linkable full text articles you can include on your reading lists, but not all databases enable persistent URLs.
  • Not all articles are available in full text.
  • There are different full text formats -- the most common are text, text with graphics, and .pdf (an image of the document as originally published).

Please Note

each database handles PURLs differently. Most databases explain their process in their help screens.  If you cannot determine how to create a PURL for an article you want, please contact Amy Dumouchel in the Sawyer Library at ext. 1120 or by email at


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