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Link to an Article on a Discussion Board

Find out how to add a link to an article from a research database on a discussion board in Desire2Learn.

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 in the Indexing Details.
  • Issues and Controversies (Facts on File) - Copy the Record URL below the article.
  • CINAHL Plus (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

For a link to work off-campus, it needs to include a proxy prefix so students will be prompted to log in with a username and password. Some links to database articles already include this proxy either at the beginning of the link or as part of the link; for example,

However, if your link does not already have the proxy, you can use the box below or manually add it to the front of your link:

Proxy Prefix:

1. Copy and paste your URL here:

2. Click the "Create link" button below:

3. Copy and use the resulting link

4. Clear the form to make another link

Step 3: Add the Link to a Discussion Board in D2L

Take the link generated above and add it to Desire2Learn.

  1. Log in to Desire2Learn.
  2. Click on Communication and then Discussions in the bar across the top of the screen.
  3. Click on the title of the Topic you want to post a link to.
  4. Either Start a New Thread or click on the title of an Existing Thread to reply to it
  5. Enter a Subject in the title box.
  6. Type the title of the article you found in the text box. Highlight the title and click Insert Quicklink button.
  7. Click on URL.
  8. Select http:// and paste the article URL in the URL box.
  9. Type the article title in the Title box.
  10. Select New Window in the Target box.
  11. Click on Insert
  12. Click Post to add your post to the discussion board.

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