Establishing Library Permalinks using Google Scholar for Placement in Brightspace Modules

As a faculty member, when you locate an article in one of the Vanderbilt Libraries, such as the Eskind Digital Library, you may want to provide a link for your students to that article in a Brightspace Module. The problem is if you select the URL for the article in the library, that is most likely a very temporary link that will work for several hours but after that will cease to bring up the article. What you need is a more permanent link called a Permalink. This is a link that will be stable for a considerable period of time allowing the faculty member to post a link to an article that will stay with the class for the duration of the semester. Finding those permalinks is difficult because each database housing a collection of journals reports their permalinks differently.  You can now use the Course Readings Tool directly in Brightspace to find the permalink and we have a Knowledge Base article on how to do that (search “Leganto”, which is the commercial name of our electronic card catalog product).

Alternately, you can now use Google Scholar to do the same thing. This article will show you how to find the permalink in Google Scholar.

First, find the article you want by going directly into the library and searching for it. Copy and paste the title of the article and its authors into a text file such as Notepad, or Word. By copy/pasting you are assuring you won’t make a typing error in the title thus extending the time it takes to find it in Scholar. By putting in the authors you can check to make sure the article you want is the correct one by comparing authors if you find different articles with the same title.

So, let’s say we want to find the following article:

“Using a Nursing Student Conduct Committee to Foster Professionalism Among Nursing Students”

Authors: Anselmi, Katherine Kaby ; Glasgow, Mary Ellen Smith ; Gambescia, Stephen F.

If you are on the Vanderbilt network at school, when you bring up Google Scholar, Google Scholar knows to add Vanderbilt links to the list of articles it displays. You will see a “Findit@VU” hyperlink. If you are off campus you will need to tell Google Scholar on your computer to reference Vanderbilt library collections.

Search for google scholar settings by putting in “google scholar settings” into the google search engine. Or go directly here:

Click the Library Links tab at the top.

If you are on campus using the campus network (VUNet), you will see the links to Vanderbilt paid for collections checked. Leave them as they are and click Cancel to exit.

If you don’t see an choices like those outlined in gold above, put Vanderbilt into the search box.

You will see a list of all Vanderbilt associated collections. You can select up to 5 choices. Click Save.

You may enter the article title search from here or you may leave and come back. If you want to search from here, paste the article title in the search box.

Alternately exit and come back into Google Scholar. The URL for google scholar is

Paste your title into the search box and make sure Articles is checked. Click the magnifier search button.

The information about the article will be displayed. You can check now to make sure the author list agrees with your find. Since the author list agrees, this is the article we want to post. Look right and click Findit@VU


Notice that you will see all of the databases the article resides in (in this case it is in 4 distinct databases where any of them will work). The student should try the first one, if it doesn’t work, report it to the instructor and move to the 2nd link.

Look for the Permalink button and click it.

The permalink (quite long) can be copied to the clipboard.

If you want to preserve that link to be posted at a later time, paste (CTRL-V) the clipboard into a text file (you can use the file that contained the title and author, for example).

If you want to post it immediately into a Brightspace module, open the module.

Click Upload/Create and in the dropdown select “Create a Link”.



Paste the URL into the URL textbox. Create a link title for the article in the title (you may want to use the article title here but it isn’t required. It can actually be anything you want.) Check “Open as External Resource” and the click “Create”.

Now when you or the student goes back to the module, the user will see this. Click the link.

If you are using a campus computer you will be taken to the screen below. If not, you will be taken to an authentication screen first to put in your VUNetID and ePassword.

Clicking any of the links will take you directly to the article.

Wait for about 15 seconds for the article to come up.



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