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Working With Digital Resources

The Library's digital resource collections allow users to share and save links to their resources. Faculty can use these features to recommend resources to their students, and to keep up to date on the resources for their field.

Sharing Digital Resources

Many of the Library’s digital resource collections permit a user to place content links from the resource directly into Blackboard, Canvas, Word documents or presentations. In this way, Faculty can build reading lists for their courses.

To share links to digital resource collections:

  1. Search within the resource and identify an article or item you would like to share with your students.
  2. Find the persistent link (permalink). Instructions for finding the permalink in each digital resource collection can be found in the tabs.

Adding e-Resource Links from EBSCO Digital Resources

Below, you will find instruction to help you find a shareable permalink in digital resource collections from EBSCO.

For additional help with EBSCO, visit the EBSCO Videos and Tutorials.

Capturing Article Links from EBSCO

  1. Click on the title of the article. This will reveal a detailed record of the article. 
  2. On the right sidebar of the record, you will see a list of tools available for you to use with the article contents. Click Permalink to generate a link to this article. The permalink button, located in the right side menu, is circled.
  3. Highlight and copy (Ctrl+c) the Permalink. This will save the link on your clipboard.
  4. Paste (Ctrl+v) the Permalink in Blackboard and other documents.

Capturing Journal/Magazine/Newspaper Links from EBSCO

  1. Click on the title of the journal. This will display the journal details and available issues.
  2. Click the Share button on the upper right corner of the journal record to view the Permalink.The permalink is circled.
  3. Highlight and copy (Ctrl+c) the Permalink. This will save the link on your clipboard.
  4. Paste (Ctrl+v) this link in Blackboard and/or any other document.

Adding Links from Films on Demand

Below, you will find instruction to help you find a shareable permalink in Films on Demand.

For additional help with Films on Demand, visit the Films on Demand Video Tutorials.

Capturing Video or Segment Links

  1. Click on the title of the video or segment to which you would like to link.
  2. Below the video, click Embed/Link.
  3. Find the Record URL and click Copy. This will save the link on your clipboard. The Embed/Link button and the record url, which appear below the video, are both circled.
  4. Paste (Ctrl+v) this link in Blackboard and/or any other document.

Adding Links from Gale Digital Resource Collections

Below, you will find instruction to help you find a shareable permalink in digital resource collections from Gale.

Capturing Article Links from Gale

  1. Click on the title of the article. This will reveal the detailed record of the article. 
  2. Click the Bookmark button on the right of the top grey banner to find the Bookmark URL. The book mark button, located in the top menu, is circled.
  3. Highlight and copy (Ctr+c) the Bookmark URL. This will save the link on your clipboard.
  4. Paste (Ctrl+v) the URL in Blackboard and other documents.

Capturing Journal/Magazine/Newspaper Links from Gale

  1. Click on the title of the journal. This will display the journal details and available issues.
  2. Click the Bookmark button on the right of the top grey banner to find the Bookmark URL. The bookmark button, located in the top menu, is circled.
  3. Highlight and copy (Ctr+c) the Bookmark URL. This will save the link on your clipboard.
  4. Paste (Ctrl+v) the URL in Blackboard and other documents.

Adding Links from ProQuest Digital Resource Collections

Capturing Article Links from ProQuest

  1. Click on the title of an article. This will reveal the detailed record.
  2. Scroll down until you see the Document URL under Details.

    The document url is located in the details section.

  3. Highlight and copy (Ctr+c) the link. This will save the link on your clipboard.
  4. Paste (Ctrl+v) the link in Blackboard and other documents.

Capturing Journal/Magazine/Newspaper Links from ProQuest

  1. Click on the title of the journal. This will reveal the detailed record.
  2. Select the URL from the Address Bar.

    the address bar shows the permalink for a journal in ProQuest

  3. Highlight and copy (Ctr+c) the link. This will save the link on your clipboard.
  4. Paste (Ctrl+v) the link in Blackboard and other documents.

Adding e-Resource Links from ScienceDirect Database to Blackboard

Capturing Article, Journal, Magazine and Newspaper Links

  1. Click on the title of an article or publication. This will reveal the detailed record.
  2. Select the URL from the Address Bar.

    The address bar shows the permalink to a result in ScienceDirect.

  3. Copy (Ctrl+c) the URL. This will save the link on your clipboard.
  4. Paste (Ctrl+v) this URL in Blackboard and/or any other document.

Adding Links from NFB

Capturing Video and Playlist Links from NFB Campus

  1. Obtain a token from your campus library. Contact askthelibrary1@algonquincollege.com for this token.
  2. Create your NFB Campus account and sign in.
  3. Search for a title and click on the thumbnail of the video to select. You should now see the detail page of the selected video.
  4. Below the video you will see buttons to Add to Your Playlist and Create Chapters. Select one of these options.
    • Add to Your Playlist will let you add a title to an existing playlist or will prompt you to create a new one.
    • Create Chapters will prompt you to view the film and cut out the sections you wish to save.
  5. Open your list of playlists or chapters from the menu on the left side of the page.
  6. To share a playlist with your students, select the playlist form the left menu and copy the URL that appears in the “share this playlist” box. Note: Chapters must be added to a playlist before they can be shared.

Tip: The link for Campus under your login name contains video tutorials to help you with the additional features that are offered.

Adding e-Resource Links from ScienceDirect Database to Blackboard

Capturing Article, Journal, Magazine and Newspaper Links

  1. Click on the title of an article or publication. This will reveal the detailed record.
  2. Select the URL from the Address Bar.
  3. Copy (Ctrl+c) the URL. This will save the link on your clipboard.
  4. Paste (Ctrl+v) this URL in Blackboard and/or any other document.
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Library Resource List Builder for LMS

If you are including Library resources in Blackboard or Canvas, you can use the Library Resource List Builder. The Resource List Builder allows faculty to create lists of Library digital resources from within their Blackboard or Canvas profile. Students can then access these readings from within the course on Blackboard or Canvas.

For more information visit the Resource List Builder help page.

Creating Alerts and RSS Feeds

A Search Alert or RSS Feed will notify of new results for a search that you performed. Email Alerts will send you updates by email, while RSS Feeds allows you to add these updates to your RSS reader.

Alerts/RSS Feeds within EBSCO Collections

  1. Create a personal account within EBSCO. This will permit you to modify your Alerts/Feeds.
  2. Perform a search that brings you to the material you require.
  3. Click Share from the menu above the results, and under Create an alert, select either E-mail Alert or RSS Feed.
  4. Follow the instructions for setting up setting up an Alert or RSS Feed.
  5. If you are creating an E-mail Alert, log in to your account.
  6. Click Save Alert.

Alerts/RSS Feeds within ProQuest Collections

  1. Perform a search that brings you to the material you require.
  2. Click Save search/alert below the search bar and select either Create Alert or Create an RSS Feed.
  3. Follow the instructions in the dialogue box carefully.
    • Email Alerts: Enter a valid email address, enter the details of your alert, and click Create alert.
    • RSS Feeds: Set your feed preferences and click Create feed.

Alerts/RSS Feeds within Gale Collections

  1. Perform a search that brings you to the material you require.
  2. From the side bar, select Create Search Alert.
  3. Follow the instructions carefully. If you are creating an email Alert, choose how often it will run, and the format for the email.
  4. Click Submit.
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