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.
Links to articles from some databases will not work in Desire2Learn for some databases, such as General OneFile and CINAHL.
We are working with Desire2Learn to fix this problem. The workaround is to create a Document or Discussion Board and put links to articles within the Document or Discussion Board.
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.
You have two options for adding links: create a link or create a document for the link or multiple links.
To access articles from library research databases in Desire2Learn, cookies must be enabled on your browser.
You may need to read the database Help information or Ask a Librarian for assistance creating links to articles.