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Copyright @ CNA-Q

Desire to Learn

Desire2Learn (D2L) is a learning management system.

Copyright at CNA and D2L

CNA's Distributed Learning website provides direction on copyright matters for online courses (including the digital component of blended courses).

College of the North Atlantic - Qatar is committed to offering high-quality courses, including blended courses, that respect the intellectual property of others. This Copyright Guide on the CNA-Q Library's website provides additional information on copyright matters. Questions or clarifications regarding copyright matters at CNA-Q may be directed to the Manager, Library Services.

  • Instructors create, identify and post materials in D2L.
  • Deans are responsible for ensuring that all materials posted in a D2L shell are consistent with CNA's copyright policy, e.g., are instructor created, have copyright clearance or are consistent with Canada's and Qatar's Copyright legislation.
  • If a School is seeking copyright clearance from a copyright owner, the Advanced Learning Technologies Centre (ALTC) can provide a standard form letter of request for permission to use copyrighted materials.
  • ALTC staff will only post materials in D2L which are free of copyright issues.

Can I Post to D2L?

D2L Flowchart

Diagram is derived from Brock University's copyright guidelines, "I want to upload something to Isaak/Sakai."

Copyright, Classroom and D2L

Camosun College and Lakehead University both use D2L. Their copyright sites provide simple advice on different resources you might like to post on D2L and what is required.

Check out UBC's Copyright and the Classroom video and the Sheridan Library series on YouTube.

Digital Classroom

The University of Prince Edward Island doesn't use D2L, but we recommend reviewing their copyright guidelines for the classroom.

How to Create a Persistent Link

Using a persistent link is one of the best ways to follow copyright and it allows the Library to track the usage of articles.

There are two kinds of persistent links that can be created.

1. I want to link directly to an eJournal, I have the citation for an article, but not a link.

Use the Article Linker tool and put in the Title of the Journal or the ISSN of the Journal. Click 'Search'.

You should get a page that lists all of the subscriptions the library has to the eJournal.

Example: The Economist (London)

Example: 0013-0613

The URL will begin with

For more help see How do I use the Article Linker tool?

2. I have the article open and I need a persistent link.

  • If you are in Summon, you just click on the link icon and copy the URL.

Image of permanent link box in Summon

  • If you are using EBSCO databases, click on the permalink icon on the right side toolbar and copy the link that appears at the top.

Image of permalink in EBSCO Image of permalink box to copy

  • If you are using Gale Academic OneFile, click on the citation tools in the right toolbox. Select the APA 6th Edition citation format. Copy the link at the end of the citation.

Image of citation tool for Gale Academic OneFile

  • If you are using ProQuest databases, click on the Cite icon. A Cite box will appear, select the APA citation style. Then copy the link at the end of the citation.

Image of the ProQuest citation tool

  • If you are using Credo, you can click the link icon in the top toolbar to get a permalink you can copy.

Image of permalink in Credo

  • If you are using Safari, you can use the URL tool available for each page in the upper right corner of the viewing screen. Copy the link.

Image of URL tool for Safari

The URL will begin with for all of these links so that you can access the articles off-campus. If it does not appear, you can add this to the beginning.

Other databases, such as CRCnetBASE, use a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) to create persistent links. You can copy and paste these. An example looks like: