Links on Blackboard

If you want to link to the databases, e-journals and e-books to which AU Library subscribes, you need to make sure that the library’s proxy server is imbedded in your links. It is the proxy server that provides remote access to the electronic resources.

There are several ways to ensure this – the simplest way is always using the URLs you find via AU Library’s website

Linking to articles

  • You can search directly for an article on AU Library’s website. When you have found the correct article, simply open the record and right click on the link to copy the URL.
  • If you cannot find the article via the search system, try searching for the journal instead. Browse your way to the article and copy the URL from the address bar.

Linking to e-book chapters

  • Find the e-book in AU Library’s search system. Browse your way to the chapter and copy the URL from the address bar.
  • Not all platforms allow linking directly to chapters. In these circumstances you will have to link to the e-book instead.


  • Permanent links: Some databases automatically log out users after a period of inactivity. This applies to all the EBSCO databases and to Ovid. If you would like to link to documents on these platforms you have to use the specific links that the databases provide for you. EBSCO calls them Permalink, Ovid Email Jumpstart.
  • Access through username and password: There are still a number of the smaller publishers that provide access through username and password. Since you are not allowed to link directly to password protected content, you have to link to the journal instead, and ask your students to find the articles themselves. A small window with the username and password will pop up when they click on the link to the journal from AU Library’s website.

Why using AU Library’s website makes a difference

  • The access to most of AU Library’s databases, e-journals and e-books is governed by IP recognition. The library is responsible for providing the publishers with all of Aarhus University’s IP ranges. As long as you are on Campus or use a VPN access you will therefore have seamless access to all the library’s e-resources without using the library website.
  • However, if you are outside Campus not using a VPN, as many students often are, the publishers will not recognize your IP address and will therefore deny you access to the e-resources. The library has solved this problem by establishing a proxy server, which serves as an intermediary between you and the publishers. This proxy is embedded in all the URLs which AU library makes available on the website.
  • This is how it works in practice: when you click on a URL which has the proxy embedded, you are directed to the library proxy server, which checks your IP address. If your IP does not match one of Aarhus University’s preapproved IP addresses, you will be asked to log on with either your library or WAYF login. Thus having verified that you are affiliated with Aarhus University the proxy server directs you to the publisher website through an approved IP address.

Adding the proxy server without accessing AU Library’s website

  • If you already have a direct link to a document, you might want to simply add the proxy server to this link to ensure remote access. You can do this as long as you are aware that adding the proxy server will only work if AU Library has actually purchased access on the platform to which you link.
  • To add the proxy to your link simply place the following prefix in front of your link:

What is copyright?

Copyright protects the creators of texts, music, images, websites, television broadcasts, databases, etc. The vast majority of works are protected by copyright. The copyright represents a balance between creator and user. One should therefore be aware of one’s own copyright, as well as respecting the rights of others. Developments in the digital world have brought an increased focus on copyright, this also applies to the use of copyrighted material within universities.

Copyright law

What is Copydan?

Copydan is an association that manages the copyright of a range of rights holders. This management of rights consists of the collection and redistribution of remuneration in connection with copyrights held under licensing agreements. Read more at

Framework agreements

Framework Agreement of 1 January, 2017, between Aarhus University and Copydan, on the reproduction of copyrighted material.

(Agreement on scanning and storage possibilities, as well as rights when producing course packs)

Agreement of 16 May, 2012 between Aarhus University and Copydan Visual concerning the use of images at Aarhus University.

(Agreement on the lawful use of individual printed and digital pictures in teaching materials)

Copydan Visual has a brief description of the agreement (in danish).