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Most library resources (articles, streaming media, e-books, etc.) require authentication to view. If you are on campus, this authentication might happen automatically. However, when linking resources through your D2L course, you need to provide a permalink that prompts your students to authenticate. You must find the resource’s permalink, generate a proxied link to authenticate the permalink, and finally upload this complex link to D2L.

Locate the Permalink

  1. The exact location of the permalink to the resource depends on the publisher and database through which access is generated. In general, look for a hyperlink symbol (a chain icon) or a link to share or embed the resource.
  2. Some publishers use DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) to link articles. The DOI will look like a series of numbers with some punctuation breaking the numbers into sets (e.g. doi:10.1000/182).
  3. Copy the link.

Generate a Proxied Link

  1. Paste your copied link into the Library’s link builder and click Create Link.
  2. Copy the newly created link that appears above the link builder box.

Add Proxied Link to D2L

  1. Use the Insert Stuff button on the WYSIWYG editor to add your link. Do not use Insert Quicklink to add links to Library content. Insert Quicklink will strip away the necessary proxy information, and your link will not work.
  2. Select Insert Link from the menu of items to insert.
  3. Paste the proxied link into the URL field, and click Next.
  4. Add link text and click Insert. The title of the resource is the most common link text to use.
  5. Remember to click Update or Publish when you are done editing or creating your file.

Note: You can also add the link directly to a module. To do so, select New, then Create a Link. Paste the proxied URL; add a link title; select the resource to Open as External Resource; and click Create.


This article was last updated on Aug 9, 2021 @ 9:10 am.