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.
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, etc.)
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.
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, etc.)
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.)
Open the full document, then scroll to the bottom of the entire document to locate the Document URL.
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.
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.