Linking to copyrighted materials on the Internet that have been published in accordance with the law* is always permitted.


Linking does not require permission from the copyright holders and is not subject to any fees


 * i.e. not linking to illegally published content (= published without the permission of the copyright holder) and/or bypassing paywalls/login.

In some cases, it may be difficult to determine whether the content has been posted legally or illegally. Click here for FAQs on copyright for consumers, aspecially the answer to question 15 on distinguishing legal content from illegal.

Reliable links

If you decide to use a link in a reader or on the LMS (Blackboard), you'll need to ensure that your students can use it for the duration of the course block at a minimum. This is why it is recommended to use a ‘reliable’ link.


This page features various types of reliable links that can be used for educational purposes.


Permanent links can be recognised by terms such as:

  • permalink,
  • stable URL,
  • deeplink,
  • get link,
  • jumpstart
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​or one of the following icons: Iconen permanente links

Can't find a permanent link? In that case, use the URL of the publication you want to link to. This link probably won't be permanent. Make sure to check whether the link is still active at the start of the course block.

Proxy links

Proxy links ensure that you are identifiable as a Hanze UAS student or employee, providing automatic access to the Hanze Library databases.

These links can be recognised by the following text:


Please note: Unfortunately, proxy links will not work in any of the Office programs used by Hanze UAS (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). They will only work in the browser versions of these programs.


If you are planning on sharing these links with your students, we recommend that you do not use Office software. 

For example, you could insert the proxy links:

  • directly in the LMS (Blackboard);
  • or in a PDF export of your office file.


If you do need to share a link in an Office program, make sure to use the catalogue links.


We are working to resolve this issue.

DOI links

DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier; a unique and permanent identifier (permalink) for files on the Internet. This means the file can be retrieved even if the Internet address changes.


DOIs are mainly used to identify academic, professional and governmental information, such as journal articles, research reports, datasets and official publications.


Example of DOI link:

DOI link with proxy: 

Catalogue links

You can use the catalogue link to link to materials (ebooks, articles) in the HanzeWorldCat catalogue.

You can find this link by clicking on the 'Share' option displayed with each catalogue item in the top right-hand corner of the screen.




A window containing a permanent catalogue link will then appear. You can copy and paste this link into a presentation, reader or the LMS Blackboard.



This link will always redirect to this corresponding catalogue item

Embedded links

You may also use embedded links.

Embedded links are a type of hyperlink whereby users do not need to click on the link in order to view the content. 

The content is displayed on the website in which it has been embedded, while the file remains stored on the original platform.


This method is usually used to link to videos. For example, embedding a YouTube video in the LMS allows you to view it directly in the LMS environment without having to create a copy of the video and violating the rights of the content creators. 


However, please bear in mind that the Internet also contains illegal content, such as new films or clips from new releases. Embedding or hyperlinking to such content is considered a copyright infringement!


You will generally need an embed code to embed your content. In the case of YouTube videos, you can find this code below the 'Share' option.

Copy the code.

Create a new 'Item' in the LMS. Select the 'HTML' option in the text editor. Paste the embed code in the window that appears on screen and click Update. A yellow box will now appear in the text field.

Fill in all the required fields for the item and click 'Send'. The video will now be embedded in the LMS course.




You can also embed videos from online platforms in a PowerPoint presentation.

To do so, use the regular video URL rather than the embed code. Watch this embedded video to find out how :)