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Integrate the Library into D2L: Articles

Learn how to add library resources to your D2L course.

Adding Links to Articles in D2L

You can link to articles from databases in D2L because many vendors give copyright permission to library patrons to establish links.

You cannot upload PDFs of articles, but you can provide permanent links to articles. This is both to follow copyright, but also so that the library can gather accurate usage statistics for our resources.

Step 1: Find the Right Article 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 Get Link near the top of the page and copy the Get Link URL.
  • ProQuest Central - Click on Abstract/Details and Copy the Document URL.
  • Issues and Controversies (Facts on File) - Copy the Record URL below the article.
  • CINAHL (Ebscohost) - Click on Permalink in the Tools box to the right of the article and copy the URL.

Step 2: Make Sure the Link Works 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 Article Link to D2L

Take the link above and add it to D2.

  1. Log in to D2L.
  2. Select Content.
  3. Select the Module you want the object to appear in or create a new Module.
  4. Select New and then Create a Link
  5. Type the article title in the Title box.
  6. Paste the article URL in the URL box.
  7. Check box to Open as External Resource.
  8. Select Create.

Open Links in a New Window

Article links must open outside of D2L. Select "Open as an External Resource" when creating links.