Linking to resources in courses

Copying or uploading resources directly into your courses may breach copyright.

The next sections give an overview of copyright as it applies to sharing resources with your students and how you can provide non-UQ copyright materials to your students via Learn.UQ (Blackboard).


The University's obligations under copyright law determine how you can share resources with your students.

Copyright applies to:

  • many licensed online journals and databases subscribed to by the Library. These resources do not permit:
    • inclusion of print-outs in hardcopy course readers
    • downloading and making available through Learn.UQ (Blackboard)
    • downloading and sending to students by email.
  • DVDs and other physical audio-visual resources held by the Library. These cannot be copied and made available online.
  • many YouTube or other online videos. These cannot be downloaded and uploaded to courses.
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Linking to full-text

Share a Library Search permalink

Using a Library Search permalink ensures that your students will be prompted to log in to the Library if they are off-campus or need to log in to view an item. To get the link:

  1. Go to Library Search and search for the resource
  2. Click the title of the item in the results
  3. Click Permalink under the Send to options
  4. Click Copy the Permalink to Clipboard
  5. Then paste the link into your course content.

Freely available links

Link to a freely available online document by copying the URL from your browser window and adding it to your course.

Copyright note: Do not link to websites, images, YouTube videos or documents that include content which you may suspect is available online without the copyright owner's permission.

Construct a link that works on and off campus

If the document is not freely available, and can only be accessed by UQ users, use this tool to create a URL for students to access the material both on-campus and from home.

Paste the DOI, a permalink, or the URL from your browser window. Then copy the converted URL and add it to your Learn.UQ (Blackboard) course.


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Embedding or linking to videos

Embed video from the Library

Embedding video from the Library explains how to find and link to:

  • video streams
  • database videos.

Embed or link to YouTube videos

Link to the video

In YouTube click the Share option and Copy the link.

Get the embed code

Once you have located the video on YouTube:

  1. Click Share
  2. Click Embed
  3. Click Copy.

To start from a certain point in the video:

  1. Note the time you want the video to start from
  2. Click Share
  3. Click Embed
  4. Tick Start at and manually adjust the time
  5. Click Copy.

Check how to embed an iframe in your Learn.UQ course.

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Finding online alternatives for DVDs and audio-visual resources

You may be able to find an online alternative for DVDs or other physical audio-visual resources you use in your courses.

Check for an online version in Library Search

  1. Go to the Library home page
  2. Select Video & audio from the drop down options for Library Search
  3. Enter the title, creator or actor etc
  4. Click Search and the results will display
  5. Select Available online under Show only from the Filter options
  6. Click Apply Filters
  7. Click on the title of a result to get the Send to options
  8. Click on Permalink and copy the URL from the box that opens to share in your course.

If you can't find an online version contact your Liaison Librarian for help finding an alternative option.

You may also like to try searching our databases with streamed content for an alternative.

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LinkedIn Learning online courses

LinkedIn Learning is a software and skills training platform and is free for UQ students and staff. LinkedIn Learning was formerly called

Our LinkedIn Learning online courses page explains how to:

  • Create a collection to share multiple videos; or 
  • Share one video with a shareable URL.
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Open educational resources (OER)

Consider using Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are teaching and learning materials that are freely available for everyone to use (e.g. OpenStax College, Open Textbook Library, etc.) One of the advantages is that you may be able to share OERs with students via Learn.UQ (Blackboard) or email if they have appropriate Creative Commons (CC) licences.

OERs include:

Our OER guide also includes a checklist on how to evaluate open educational resources.

Types of CC licences

OER resources have different CC licences. It is important to check what type of licence applies to the OER to determine if it is suitable to use in your courses. 

OERs can be moved into Learn.UQ (BlackBoard) or shared via email if they are published under one of the following licences:

Licence Description What this means

Allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon a work, even commercially, as long as they credit the creator of the original. You can copy the content into your courses and modify the content. You must always provide credit to the original author. Permits commercial use.


Allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon a work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the original creator and license their new creations under the identical terms. You can copy the content into your courses and modify the content. If the modified content you create is shared, the original creator must be credited and the content shared under the same licence. Permits commercial use.



Allows others to remix, adapt, and build upon a work non-commercially, and although the new works must also acknowledge the original creator and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license the derivative works on the same terms. You can copy the content into your courses and modify the content. If the modified content you create is shared, the original creator must be credited but the modified content does not have to be shared under the same licence.You may not use the material for commercial purposes.


The work should be used “as is”. No modified versions, abridgments, annotated versions, excerpts and figures are allowed to be created. Works must also acknowledge the original creator.

You can copy the content into your courses in full without modification. You must provide credit to the original author. Permits commercial use.

While you can share OERs, with the licences outlined in the table, via Learn.UQ (Blackboard) or via email, you must ensure you are providing attribution and adhere to the licence use conditions (limitations). 

There are other CC licences available. Not all are suitable for including content in your Learn.UQ (Blackboard) course.

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