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Faculty Guide to the Library

This library guide provides helpful information for NEIU Faculty.

Tips for Linking to Library Materials

The Library subscribes to thousands of databases, journals, ebooks, and streaming media options that can be embedded into D2L courses for assigned reading and viewing. This page will show you the basics for creating links that work every time, on- or off-campus.

For most things, just follow the instructions listed in Access NEIU Libraries' Online Resources from Anywhere and use the OpenAthens Link Generator to create a working link.

One major vendor has slightly different instructions. See EBSCO instructions for these exceptions.

Need help?

Please don't hesitate to contact eResources & Systems Librarian Lisa Wallis ( for assistance with linking and embedding.

Access NEIU Libraries' Online Resources from Anywhere

The NEIU Libraries use a tool called OpenAthens to ensure NEIU students, faculty, and staff can access our online subscriptions anytime from anywhere. All that's required is an NEIU NetID and password.

These links begin with the string to identify anyone using them as affiliated with NEIU. Users then login with their NEIU NetID and password--the same information used for NEIUport, D2L, and Nmail.

For example, if you wanted to provide a link to the Academic Video Online database, instead of: (will only work if on campus)

use the link: (will work whether on or off campus)

Use our Link Generator to create your own links to NEIU Libraries' resources easily by copying and pasting. If you run into trouble, just contact for assistance.

For EBSCO Resources (Academic Search Ultimate, PsycInfo, etc.)

Many of the NEIU Libraries' most frequently used databases, journals, and ebooks are provided by EBSCO. If you want to create a link to an EBSCO resource, follow these steps.

  1. Conduct a search for the item
  2. Click on the title of the article or ebook
  3. Locate and click the Permalink icon in the right-hand sidebar
    EBSCO Permalink icon
  4. Copy and paste the entire Permalink shown, starting with
    EBSCO Permalink to copy and paste

Putting Links in D2L

The D2L "Insert QuickLink" function breaks some Library links. Instead, use the "Insert Stuff" button to add links to your D2L content.

Insert Stuff should be used in D2L to add links to Library content

  1. Click the Insert Stuff button
  2. Click Insert Link
  3. Paste URL into blank
  4. Click the Next button
  5. Type in what you want the linked text to read
  7. Click the Insert button


Embed individual videos in D2L from one of our streaming media subscriptions.

Our annual subscriptions to these packages allow unlimited streaming at no extra cost. Please use these first before considering Kanopy.

Heard of Kanopy? Free to viewers (but not libraries), Kanopy has been in the news a bit lately due to its cost for public and academic libraries. Even Harvard University has had to restrict its use.

The pricing model is this: when a user watches at least 30 seconds of a video, that counts as a "view". On the 4th "view" of the same video, the NEIU Libraries are charged at least $100 for a one-year license to that video.

The NEIU Libraries have offered unlimited, on-demand Kanopy for a few years, but due to increased usage and recent budget cuts, we can no longer support that model for recreational viewing. Instead, we are happy to purchase licenses to videos used in courses or in support of academic research. Here's how to make a request:

kanopy request form

When you get to this screen, please complete all fields, including your NEIU email address ( and a message about your video request. Will you be assigning it for a class? Does it support your research for a course? The more information you can provide, the more likely we are to be able to support the request. Please list the course and instructor, if relevant.  We can then follow up once the film is approved and provide the correct link for use in a syllabus or D2L.

If you know in advance you need a video only available on Kanopy, please provide as much lead time as you can for us to process the request. We will do our best to reply as soon as possible, often the same day (Monday-Friday).

Thank you for your understanding. We know how valuable this resource can be for course content.