You can establish links to articles from research databases in your Desire2Learn course. The contracts of many research database vendors grant automatic copyright permission to library patrons to establish links.
As it turns out, linking to an article is not as easy as copying the URL from the browser's address bar. Each research database provides a different way to establish durable, long lasting links to articles called persistent URLs (PURLS).
Below are instructions for finding the PURL in some popular databases:
Academic OneFile and General OneFile (Gale) - Click on Bookmark this Document in the Tools box to the right and copy the URL.
ProQuest Central - Find the Document URL below the article and copy the URL.
Issues and Controversies (Facts on File) - Find the Record URL below the article and copy the URL.
CINAHL (Ebscohost) - Click on Permalink in the Tools box to the right and copy the URL.
To set up links that will work from off-campus, you need to format the links so it redirects them through the EZproxy server. If you don't do this, the links will work from on-campus, but not from off-campus.
Take the link generated above and add it to Desire2Learn. When you add the link to Desire2Learn, make sure to specify that the link open in a new window. Some research databases do not work properly if they open within Desire2Learn.
Open the page in Desire2Learn where you want the database link to appear.