Overview

The following guide will assist you in providing links to our subscription resources. It is important to find stable links and to verify links are accessible from off campus. Additionally, providing links through D2L can only be done in specific ways. Please contact the library if you have questions.

Step 1: Find the Persistent URL

Persistent URLs are stable links to online content. Many of our resources provide persistent URLs to specific articles, videos and other content. Websites can use unique names for persistent URLs, including “article bookmark” or "permanent link", and some sites do not explicitly list one.

Examples for Popular Resources

EBSCO Databases
Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, CINAHL Plus with Full Text

From your results list, click an article title to bring up the full record. To the right of the main record, you will see a column of links, including Permalink. Click the Permalink to open a small textbox above the article record.

ProQuest Databases
ProQuest Newsstand Complete, Alt-PressWatch, Ethnic NewsWatch

From your results list, click the article title for the full record. Scroll to the bottom of the record and find the Document URL.

Gale Databases
Gale Virtual Reference Library, Expanded Academic ASAP

From your results list, click the article title for the full record. Near the top of the page, click on the Bookmark this Document link. (Or, scroll to the bottom of the document and use the Document URL, it is the same link.)

Films on Demand

Scroll down the page to the textbox with the Title URL (for a full video) or the Segment URL for shorter segments.

Step 2: Add the Proxy URL

For access to subscription resources to work from off campus, a proxy URL needs to be added to the beginning of the link. Some of our databases will include the proxy. To verify that the proxy URL is present, look for the following at the beginning of each link: http://mctproxy.mnpals.net/login?url= If you do not see the proxy URL, it will need to be added. Be sure to not include any spaces between the proxy and persistent URLs. You can use the form to add the proxy URL to a link.

Sample link with added proxy:
http://mctproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://library.cqpress.com/globalresearcher/cqrglobal2011111500

Embedding Videos from Films on Demand in D2L

Please use these instructions for embedding videos from Films on Demand. This method will allow users to view embedded videos from off campus. Please note: you will need to use the LTI Link from the embed options.

Adding Links to D2L

Use one of the following methods to add links to D2L. Before you add links to D2L, follow the above steps for obtaining persistent links and adding the proxy URL. Always test your links to verify that they are working as intended.

D2L Link Fixer

Use this form to convert persistent URLs to a format which can be added as an individual link in D2L.

List links in a D2L document
  1. Navigate to your Content area in D2L
  2. Select or create a new module
  3. Create a New Document
  4. Give the document a title
  5. Click on Insert Quicklink
  6. Enter the URL and the Caption
  7. Choose where to open the link
  8. Select Insert
  9. Repeat steps 5-8 for all links
  10. Select Publish
List links in an uploaded Word/PDF document

Links can be added to Word or PDF documents which are then added to D2L. Please be sure to follow the above steps for obtaining persistent URLs and adding the proxy.