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Integrating Library Resources into D2L Courses


This guide provides techniques and tools for sharing content from some of our databases. Use the tabs to the left for detailed information for each resource.

Adding Library Links to D2L, Web Sites & Syllabi

When a link to a library resource is added to a D2L course, syllabi or reading list, it needs to begin with our proxy prefix so students will be prompted to login with their MAVzone credentials off-campus. 

What is a proxy prefix?

Example of an article with proxy prefix (the highlighted area is the proxy prefix):

What is a persistent link?

A persistent link or permalink is a URL designed to provide access to an online article, database, streaming video or saved search. Persistent links or permalinks can be placed in D2L, course web sites, syllabi, and reading lists.  

How is a persistent link different from the URL in the address bar at the top of the browser?

The URL in the address bar may not have all of the information needed to work later which will result in broken links.

Can I upload PDFs of library articles to my D2L courses?

Permalinks should be used instead of PDFs for copyright compliance. Content in databases constantly changes, which will result in losing copyright permission to certain publishers. A permalink ensures accurate licensing and access to the content. 

How do I find the persistent link?

Many databases will provide persistent links to their content (articles, streaming video). See the tabs to the left to help locate permalinks in some of the databases. Unfortunately, not all databases provide permalinks, so if you have any questions or need help, please contact Tracie Seurer.