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Link to e-Books

You can link to e-books from databases in Desire2Learn because many vendors give copyright permission to library patrons to establish links.

You can link to:

  • the entire book
  • a chapter of a book
  • specific pages

Step 1: Find the Right 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 e-book databases:

  • Ebrary - Copy Share Link to Book icon in left corner of screen.
  • EBL - You can not link to a specific chapter, only the entire book. Copy the link in the web browser.
  • EBSCO - Copy the Permalink to the right of the book.
  • SpringerLink - Copy the link in the web browser.

Step 2: Add the Link to Desire2Learn

Take the link above and add it to Desire2Learn.

  1. Log in to Desire2Learn.
  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. Delete https:// from the URL box and paste the database URL.
  7. Check box to Open as External Resource.
  8. Select Create.

Multiple User License

If you want to use a book for your class, you need to make sure it is licensed to be used by more than one person.

Finding E-Books

E-Book Guide can help you find e-books.

Related Links

Open Educational Resources

Link to Articles in Research Databases


  • Regina Gong
  • Manager of Library Technical Services & Systems
  • 517.483.1663

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