Library - Linking



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 Ultimate

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.

Gale Databases

Gale Ebooks (Virtual Reference Library), Opposing Viewpoints (Gale in Context)

From your results list, click the article title for the full record. At the top right of the page, click the Get Link icon.

ProQuest Databases

U.S. Newsstream, Alt-PressWatch, Ethnic NewsWatch

From your results list, click the article title for the full record. Click the Details link on the left of the screen. Scroll down and locate the Document URL.

Films on Demand

Click on the "Share" button and then select the "Embed/Link" tab from the pop-up window. Copy the Record URL.

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: https://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.

Sample link with added proxy: https://mctproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=https://www.accessscience.com/

Embedding Videos from Films on Demand in D2L

Please use D2L support 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.