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Creating Links to Library Resources in Moodle

The library provides many online resources which you may want to link to from your Moodle course page as course resources. If you have any questions or problems with these resources, or if you would like to include resources not mentioned on this sheet, please feel free to contact your library liaison. He or she will be happy to help you get these links into Moodle.

How to link to:

eReserves

The eReserve system houses scanned copies of or links to course readings. For guidance on choosing whether to store your documents in Moodle or eReserves, see the page Manage Documents with Moodle and eReserves. To add readings to eReserves, contact Vonnie Otte, votte@carleton.edu, x4272.

There are two ways to link to eReserves.

  1. Link to the main eReserves page. Students will then need to find your course page from there. They will need to log in to the course page as they normally would. The URL for the main eReserves page is https://ereserve.carleton.edu/eres/courseindex.aspx?page=search
  2. Link directly to your course's eReserve page. Students will still need to log in to the course page as they normally would. To find the URL for your course in the eReserve system, search for your course or your name, and click on the link to your course. DO NOT LOG IN. Use the URL in the address bar from the login page.

Open and Closed Reserves for your Course

Open and Closed Reserves are print copies of readings that are housed at the library and can be found by searching the library's catalog, Bridge. To add readings to Reserves, contact Vonnie Otte, votte@carleton.edu, x4272. The URL for a link to Bridge showing the reserve items for your class starts out with:

http://bridge.carleton.edu/search~S4/r

After the "r" add your department abbreviation (i.e. SPAN for Spanish), then a "+" and then the course number. The resulting URL should look something like this:

http://bridge.carleton.edu/search~S4/rSPAN+103

Database Search Interface

If you have an assignment that requires the use of a specific database, you can link to that database's search interface directly from Moodle. To find the URL for the database, find the database on our Databases and Indexes page and copy and paste the URL found there. Do not use the URL that is listed in the address bar when you are viewing the database.

All of the URLs for databases should have the library's proxy server address added to them. This is so that students can log into our network and access the databases from off-campus. If a student is on campus, they will not notice any difference. To do this, add this URL before each database URL:

http://ezproxy.carleton.edu/login?url=[insert URL, including http://, here with no space after the "="]

To make this process easier, you can use a bookmarklet that will automatically add the proxy URL in font of article URLs in the Moodle "Add a Link to a File or Web Page" form. See this page for more information and to get the bookmarklet.

Articles in a Database

Many of our electronic databases have the full text of articles that you may want your students to read. Linking to articles, rather than downloading and uploading documents not only alleviates copyright concerns (since you are not "copying" articles) but it also helps the library to track database usage. Talk with your librarian if you have any questions about this.

Databases such as JSTOR, Proquest, and Academic Search Premier use terms such as "stable URL," "persistent link," or "document URL" to refer to the URL that will always get you to that particular article. Do not use the URL that is listed in the address bar when you are viewing the article. Contact your library liaison if you have questions about this.

All of the URLs for articles from the library's databases should have the library's proxy server address added to them. This is so that students can log into our network and access the article from off-campus. If a student is on campus, they will not notice any difference. To do this, add this URL before each database URL:

http://ezproxy.carleton.edu/login?url=[insert persistent URL, including http://, here with no space after the "="]

To make this process easier, you can use a bookmarklet that will automatically add the proxy URL in font of article URLs in the Moodle "Add a Link to a File or Web Page" form. See this page for more information and to get the bookmarklet.

The Bridge (Carleton and St. Olaf's Library Catalog)

The URL for the library's catalog is http://bridge.carleton.edu

If you would like, your librarian can help you set up a custom search form that has pre-specified parameters. For example, we can create a form that will search only within sets of books with specific subject headings.

Library Course or Subject Guides

Our course and subject guides provide information on the best ways to search for library materials on a specific topic. We have subject guides for almost every academic department and are happy to create guides specifically for your course. Contact your librarian if you would like a course guide or need the URL for one of our current guides. The URL should be in the address bar of your browser as you view the guide.

Your Librarian's Information

You can add the "Gould Library" block to your Moodle page. This will automatically add your library liaison's contact information to the sidebar of your Moodle page. The block can also be modified to include links to guides or specific resources.

Copyright Disclaimer: In all cases, the class readings must fall under fair use, or permissions must be secured. It is better to link to an article (either in eReserves or elsewhere) than it is to download the article to your computer and then upload it to Moodle.