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Faculty Library Guide: Library Resources in Moodle

This guide describes the library resources and services available to you as faculty at Eckerd College.

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Moodle Tools: Reading List

The Moodle Reading List add-on provides access to library resources from within Moodle using the Library’s OneSearch research tool.  It allows you to easily create readings lists for your courses that link directly to library resources, without the need to obtain persistent URLs, or leave the Moodle system.

With the Reading List, you can:

  • Create custom reading lists to resources available through Library databases without leaving the Moodle site
  • Annotate and reorder readings as you see fit
  • Include links to websites that can be annotated and reordered as well
  • Create as many reading lists as you need
  • Share readings lists with other faculty
  • Avoid copyright issues by linking directly to articles in library databases

 

The Moodle plug-in uses Learning Technologies Interoperability (LTI) protocol to work seamlessly with Moodle and the Library’s OneSearch tool to create custom reading lists for students.

Take a look at the video introduction to the tool below, as well as the step-by-step instructions.

For more information or help with using the Reading List tool, contact e-Resources librarian, Nancy Schuler at schulenl@eckerd.edu (x8357).

Moodle Tools: Lightbox Gallery

The Moodle Lightbox gallery add-on provides instructors with the ability to add image galleries to their Moodle courses.  Instructors are able to create, edit, and delete galleries as needed. This is a great resource for showing high quality images from Library databases such as ARTstor, or incorporating images found online, or from your own collections.

With the Lightbox gallery, you can:

  • Upload images individually or in batches using .zip files
  • Annotate, resize, and rotate images
  • Automatically create a thumbnail page for easy navigation
  • Includes nice transition effects when loading and scrolling through the images

Example (student view):

When students login to their Moodle course, they will see a link for the Lightbox gallery under the relevent section/date for the class:

example of link to lightbox gallery

When students click the link to Lightbox gallery, they will see the gallery page with the thumbnails and associated information for each image.

example of lightbox gallery

For more information or help with using the Lightbox Gallery tool, contact e-Resources librarian, Nancy Schuler at schulenl@eckerd.edu (x8357).

Kanopy Streaming Video

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Instructions for how to:

  • Link to full-length videos for off-campus access:
    • On the video's page, copy the URL of the video from the address bar at the top of your browser and paste it into an email or website.  Off-campus users will automatically be directed to login to our campus proxy to access the full site.
    • The persistent URL should look something like this, with the 6-digit code at the end being unique to each video:

      https://eckerd-kanopystreaming-com.proxy.eckerd.edu:5443/node/123456

  • Linking versus embedding (1 min 30 s):
    • Overview of linking to video or embedding video within Moodle to help you choose which option is best for your situation.
  • Adding a link to Moodle (2 min 20 s):
    • Video tutorial demonstrating how to add link to Kanopy video within Moodle.  With this option, students leave Moodle to go to the Kanopy site to view the video. This may be helpful if you want the students to use the video as part of an assignment, for example, making clips, or playlists, as they can take advantage of all the clip-making tools from Kanopy.
  • Embedding video in Moodle (4 min):
    • Video tutorial demonstrating how to embed a Kanopy video into Moodle.  With this option, students stay within Moodle to view the video.  This allows them to view the video in full screen, but does not give them any other options. If you simply want them to view the video, this is probably enough.
  • Create a video clip and/or playlist (PDF instructions from Kanopy)

Adding Persistent Links from Library Databases

Persistent links are permanent or stable links to an electronic article or resource from a library database that will allow a user to access the article at a later time.  When linking to resources in library databases, it is best to use the persistent or durable links provided by the database because merely copying the URL will not work, as those contain session information which changes per user.  The persistent link will also have our proxy information appended to it, which means that the link will work for both on and off-campus users.

Persistent links are available through most library databases.  Here are instructions for accessing them from a number of our resources:

In OneSearch:

1) Search for an article or e-Book relevant to your course.

2) Click on the article title to see the article record, containing options to Add to Folder, Print, and E-mail on the right

3) Click the Permalink button on the right toolbar.

4) Note the Permalink that appears above the article title.  Copy and paste this link to your course Moodle page where you would like the article to appear.

When your students click on this link, they will be taken to the page above, where they can click on the PDF Full Text link to the article on the left.

 

In Proquest databases:

1) In any ProQuest database, click on the article title to see the article record.

2) Scroll all the way down to the Indexing section.  The persistent link is listed under Document URL.  Highlight the link and copy and paste it to your course Moodle page.

 

In PsycNET:

1) In PsycNET, search for an article relevant to your course.

2) Click on the article title to see the article record.

3) In the Citation section, note the hyperlinked DOI (digital object identifier) code, circled in red below.  This contains the persistent link for the article.  Right click the link to copy the link and then paste it to your course Moodle page.

 

In ARTstor

There are two ways to create durable links within ARTstor.  In the thumbnail viewer,

1) Right click or CTRL+click the thumbnail > select Generate image URL
OR
2) Click the thumbnail caption > select the “File properties” tab.

For more information or help with using persistent links, contact e-Resources librarian, Nancy Schuler at schulenl@eckerd.edu (x8357).

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