Linking to Library ResourcesOne of the easiest ways to connect students with library resources, services or teach basic library research skills is by adding instructional materials, tutorials, videos or resources to your course site. By integrating library instruction into your syllabus and assignments, or making use of eBooks, articles, and videos from our collections, you are showing students that the academic library is an essential research tool.
Library Instruction: Guides & Tutorials
Add library instruction materials and resource guides to your course by linking to any of the following. You can add links to any module, page or discussion in Canvas.
- Library Orientation – An overview of library resources, locations, and services; essential for new faculty and students at CCV and Vermont Tech.
- Library Orientation (VTC Nursing, Dental & Allied Health) – An interactive tutorial introducing library nursing resources including how to refine a search using the PICO format, search CINAHL and how to get help.
- Research Basics – A step-by-step overview of the research process for undergradute-level papers and assignments; includes information and YouTube videos about selecting a topic, searching for information, writing a draft, and proofreading.
- Understanding Plagiarism – An interactive tutorial that reviews the basic concepts of plagiarism and academic honesity.
- Subject Guides – These guides can serve as starting points for specific subject disciplines. They contain links to the most relevant research databases in the subject area, as well as a selection of reference eBooks, books, websites and other helpful resources.
Library Instruction: YouTube Videos
The library’s YouTube videos present basic research concepts and ideas such as “What is a Database?” or “Why Use a Library?” There are YouTube playlists of videos for CCV and Vermont Tech. As with any YouTube video, these can be embedded directly in your course. In your course, use the YouTube button in any content area that has a rich text editor menu. Search for Hartness Library and a word related to the content of the video (e.g. eBooks, plagiarism, effective reading…) to locate videos. Alternatively, from the CCV or Vermont Tech YouTube playlist, right-click on the title of the video you would like to add, and copy that link address. You can also use any of the YouTube-provided links for individual videos, once you’ve clicked through to a specific video.
Embedding Articles into Canvas
Canvas provides an easy tool to embed articles from the Gale collection of databases. You can embed articles anywhere there is a rich text editor. This includes pages, discussions, and quizzes.
- After creating a new page, discussion, or quiz, select the blue arrow More external tools from the rich text editor.
- Select the database you’d like to access from the drop-down menu. Right now, there are only a few databases available. You can link to any library resource though (see instructions below).
- Once you open the database, navigate to the section, article, or video you would like students to access. Choose to either link or embed the sources.
Embedding Streaming Videos into Canvas
Canvas provides an easy tool to embed Films on Demand & Alexander Street Press Nursing Education videos anywhere there is a rich text editor. This includes pages, discussions, and quizzes.
- After creating a new page, discussion, or quiz, select the blue arrow More external tools from the rich text editor. Select Films on Demand or Alexander Street Press.
- Once the database opens in a pop-up window, use the search bar to locate the title of the video you would like included. You can search by keyword, publisher, or specific title. Select Embed and use the dropdown menu to select the size of the video. You may want to use Small for a discussion or quiz, but Medium or Large for a page.
- Once you have embedded a video, save and publish the page, discussion, or quiz to allow student access. Students can then access the film within Canvas. They will be able to use features including adjusting volume, closed captioning, and expanding the film to full-screen.
Unlimited User eBooks
The eBooks housed in the following EBSCO databases allow unlimited user access, which means many students can view them simultaneously. Avoid uploading PDFs or copies of journal articles/chapters from a subscription resource. For EBSCO eBooks use the Permalink to link to the book. If you grab the address from the browser address bar, the link may work for a short while and then break. You can also verify the access model for an eBook by looking at the detail view concurrent user level.
Articles, eBooks, & Video Content from Other Library Databases
Troubleshooting & HelpIf you have any questions or need help adding links to library instructional materials or resources, please contact:
Rebecca Cochran Reference & Program Design Librarian firstname.lastname@example.org (802) 388-1224
Susan Currier Faculty Librarian email@example.com (802) 728-1768