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Link to a Research Database

Follow these directions to create a link to a library research database within your Desire2Learn course.

Problems with Database Links - Summer 2013

Links to some databases will not work in Desire2Learn.

We are working with Desire2Learn to fix this problem. The workaround is to create a Document or Discussion Board and put links to databases within the Document or Discussion Board.

Step 1: Select a Database

Go to the Research Databases webpage. Choose a Database by Title using the alphabet OR use the Databases by Subject dropdown menu to find the most relevant databases for your subject.

When you find the database you would like to create a link to, right-click on the database title and select depending on your browser:

  • Copy shortcut in Internet Explorer,
  • Copy Link Location in Firefox or
  • Copy link address in Google Chrome.

Step 2: Add the Database Link to Desire2Learn

  1. Go to Content.
  2. Choose the topic where you would like to place the link.
  3. Select New Link from the New dropdown menu.
  4. Type the database name in the Title box.
  5. Paste in the URL you copied. Check the Open in New Window box.
  6. Select Create.

Off-Campus Access to Research Databases

When students click on a database link from off campus, an ID page prompts for their Tech User ID (TUID) and password.

The off-campus access webpage provides troubleshooting tips if students have access problems.

A small number of research databases cannot be accessed off-campus or have limits on the number of concurrent users.

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