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Link to Articles in Research Databases

You can link to articles from databases in D2L because many vendors give copyright permission to library patrons to establish links.

Important Note About D2L: Article links must open outside of D2L. Select "Open as an External Resource" when creating links.

Step 1: Find the Right URL

Instead of using the URL from the web browser, find the persistent URL (PURL) provided by the database.

Below are instructions for finding PURLs in some popular databases:

  • Academic or General OneFile (Gale) - Click on Bookmark this Document in the Tools box to the right of the article and copy the URL.
  • ProQuest Central - Copy the Document URL below the article.
  • Issues and Controversies (Facts on File) - Copy the Record URL below the article.
  • SIRS Knowledge Source - Copy the URL from the browser window
  • CINAHL (Ebscohost) - Click on Permalink in the Tools box to the right of the article and copy the URL.

Step 2: Create Links that Work Off-campus

Use the box below to add the proxy prefix so the link will work off-campus by asking patrons to log in with a TUID and password.

Proxy Prefix: https://lcc.idm.oclc.org/login?url=

1. Copy and paste your URL here:



2. Click the "Create link" button below:



3. Copy resulting link

4. Clear the form to make another link

Step 3: Add the Link to Desire2Learn

Take the link above and add it to Desire2Learn.

  1. Log in to Desire2Learn.
  2. Select Content.
  3. Select the Module you want the object to appear in or create a new Module.
  4. Select New and then Create a Link
  5. Type the article title in the Title box.
  6. Delete https:// from the URL box and paste the database URL.
  7. Check box to Open as External Resource.
  8. Select Create.

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