Linking to Queens College Libraries from Blackboard

This is a guest post by Kelly M. Blanchat, E-Resources Librarian at Rosenthal Library.

You can include links to the libraries’ electronic resources in your CMS, such as:
  1. Full-text articles, books or other resources available through the libraries
  2. Works in the public domain
  3. Works for which you own copyright or have obtained copyright permission to post online
Linking to electronic resources

You can make links yourself to the libraries’ electronic resources to make sure links are stable and accessible from off campus.

For course reserves:

For linking on web pages: Use our linking instructions below to get stable links that work on campus.

Linking instructions

To create links to online library resources on web pages, pick one of the options below.
Note: If you supply links from your browser’s address bar, the links will not work off-campus and may not work at all.

To create a link to all databases:
It is best to direct users to the libraries’ database page (e.g., http://library.qc.cuny.edu/research/databases.php).  If a user clicks on a database from off-campus, they will be automatically prompted to enter their barcode for off-campus authentication.

To create a link to a specific database:

  • Right-click on a resource link from the libraries’ database page and select “Copy Link Location” (Firefox) or “Copy Shortcut” (Internet Explorer). Copying will add the off-campus (proxy) information automatically. Note: Firefox, Safari, and Chrome all use different language – Chrome says “Copy Lnk Address”  and in Safari it’s “Copy Link.”
  • Paste the URL to your web page or into the form on Blackboard for adding a URL.
    • In the Course Menu toolbar choose “Add Menu Item”, which appears as a plus sign.
    • Select “Web Link” to add a single link, or select “Blank Page” if you would like to add several links.
    • Name the link and enter the web address, or name the page and add links if you’ve chosen blank page.
    • Click “Submit”.

Your web link or blank page will appear at the bottom of your course menu.

Screenshots of library databases, Blackboard Course Menu, and Weblink tab

Screenshots of library databases, Blackboard Course Menu, and Weblink tab

Alternately, add a new content area or folder to the Course Menu. Follow the instructions at the Blackboard faculty guide, page 4.

To create a link to a journal, a specific article, or streaming video:

  • To link to a specific electronic resource (e.g. an e-journal, eBook, ARTstor image, streaming music or video), you will need to locate the persistent or permanent URL.

Example: http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?IssueID=2DCEC6F22D8F

  • Add the libraries’ proxy prefix to the beginning of the URL: http://queens.ezproxy.cuny.edu:2048/login?url=

Example: http://queens.ezproxy.cuny.edu:2048/login?url=http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?IssueID=2DCEC6F22D8F

NOTE:  It is not always possible to construct a permanent link to a specific issue or article; some e-journal collections only allow title-level links.  Always test your links first! In the case that it is not possible, it may be preferable to have an article put on E-reserve.




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