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This page provides JSU faculty helpful information regarding integrating the JSU Library, our services, and resources into their Blackboard courses. Please feel free to contact one of our for more help with the resources in your specific area or the Distance Education/Electronic Resources Manager for more help integrating the JSU Library into Blackboard.

Adding JSU Library to Blackboard | Integrating Library Services | Integrating Library Resources | Integrating Information Literacy

Adding the JSU Library to Blackboard

Each course shell arrives to you with a JSU Library button in the left-hand navigation bar. However, if you would like to integrate the Library even more, consider adding a Library Resources folder. While our resources can be embedded throughout your Blackboard course, it may be easier on you and your students to have all things Library related in one folder. This folder could be your location for resources, such as databases, direct links to specific journals, links to your required readings (either through the Library's electronic course reserve system or directly to the article itself), subject guides, and even librarian contact information.

How to create the "Library Resources" folder in Blackboard

  • Navigate to the Control Panel
  • Click on 'Manage Course Menu'
  • Add a Content Area
  • Type 'Library Resources' to name the Content Area

Integrating Library Services into Blackboard

We have a number of services specific to distance education that can be integrated into your courses. You can add contact information for the librarian specializing in your subject area, the contact information for the Distance Education Librarian, or both. Some other important services for our distance education student are document delivery, library instruction, and reference/research assistance. Any or all of these services would be good candidates for integration into Blackboard.

Embedding Librarians | Document Delivery | Library Instruction | Reference/Research Asssistance

Librarians/Embedding a Librarian in Your Course

We have a subject specialist librarian for each subject area at JSU. To enhance your student's learning during your courses, please consider collaborating with your librarian. We are here to assist you and your students. One way to collaborate with your librarian is to embed them in your course.

To find your subject specialist librarian, go to our list. You can copy their contact information by highlighting the information and using the copy command (CTRL + C). Once you get ready to put that information somewhere, you can use the paste command (CTRL + V).

You can embed a librarian in your course in a number of ways. Here are some examples.

  1. If you created the Library Resources content area discussed above, you can simply add your subject specialist's contact information there by pasting the content.
  2. If you want, you can also add the subject specialist's contact information to the Faculty/Staff information area. Of course, you may want to differentiate this information from your own. One way to do that would be to add a sub-folder (or content area) to that folder. A good name for that area would be "Our Librarian" or "Your Librarian."
  3. Finally, if you did not create the Library Resources content area and do not want our contact information in the Faculty/Staff Information area, you can create a new content area for just the Librarian contact information. Again you can name this content area "Our Librarian" or "Your Librarian." Once that area is created, simply paste the information you copied earlier.

Document Delivery

Printed materials owned by the Houston Cole Library will be loaned and sent to JSU distance education students and faculty. These patrons must reside outside Calhoun County and in an area where no formal agreement exists between JSU and the local library to support JSU course offerings. This information may be useful to you and your students and you can add it to your Blackboard course in a number of ways. For example, if you created the Library Resources content area discussed above, you can either add brief information about our document delivery service and a link to our online form.

Library Instruction

Library faculty are available (in person, via telecommunications, etc.) to provide instruction to JSU students at off-campus sites. Faculty may request instruction sessions by completing the Library Instruction Session Request Form or by contacting Mr. John Graham, Head of Public Services, at 256-782-5252. Library users may also practice their library skills using an interactive library tutorial. This information may be useful to you and your students and you can add it to your Blackboard course in a number of ways. For example, if you created the Library Resources content area discussed above, you can simply copy the above information and paste it into that content area.

Reference/Research Assistance

JSU students and faculty who need assistance on how to search particular databases, how to prepare bibliographic citations for papers and projects, how to evaluate sources, or other questions should call the Houston Cole Library Reference Desk at 1-800-231-5291 ext. 8034 or email a reference librarian. Some questions may be referred to a subject specialist. The Houston Cole Library provides an Electronic Reference Desk that includes frequently asked questions and links to the subject specialists email addresses. This information may be useful to you and your students and you can add it to your Blackboard course in a number of ways. For example, if you created the Library Resources content area discussed above, you can simply copy the above information and paste it into that content area. Or you can add an additional content area with the name "Reference/Research Help" and add the telephone number and/or link to our email service page.

Integrating Library Resources into Blackboard

We have a number of services specific to distance education that can be integrated into your courses. You can add contact information for the librarian specializing in your subject area, the contact information for the Distance Education Librarian, or both. Some other important services for our distance education student are document delivery, library instruction, and reference/research assistance. Any or all of these services would be good candidates for integration into Blackboard.

Articles and Journals | Databases | Electronic Course Reserves

Articles and Journals

You can create links to the majority of journals and articles available through databases to which the JSU Library subscribes. Persistent links are also called persistent URLs, stable URLs, durable URLs, or DOIs (digital object identifiers). Most of the database providers or vendors include this technology. Persistent links are one important step toward using information ethically and legally, avoiding copyright violations.

If you are interested in integrating a journal or a specific journal article into your Blackboard course, the following information will be extremely helpful. If you need additional information or more assistance, feel free to contact our Distance Education/Electronic Resources Manager, Jodi Poe, at jpoe@jsu.edu or 256-782-8103.

Locating a Journal

  1. Go to Serials Solutions, which is a application to which the JSU Library subscribes that provides links to all of the journals available from JSU with online, full text articles: http://we8af9qh2e.search.serialssolutions.com/.
  2. Type in part or all of the journal name.
  3. Click the Search button or hit enter to initiate the search.
  4. You will be presented with results ranging from no hits to a long list of available databases.
  5. Review this list to determine which database you would like your students to use to access this journal.
  6. When you find the journal you would like to add to your course, simply right click with your mouse on the name of the database you would like to include and click the "Copy Shortcut" option in the pop-up menu. Please be sure to review the full text coverage date ranges provided prior to selecting your database.
  7. If you use the link provided by Serials Solutions, it will be extremely long and have some very strange characters embedded in it. The information is required for remote authentication.

Please note: you can use a tool like TinyURL, Not So Long, Metamark, or url(x) to make a long URL shorter.


For more information on linking to electronic resources, see: How to Link to Electronic Content in Courses, Web Pages, and Other Electronic Documents or contact Jodi Poe.

Adding a Journal to Blackboard

  1. If you created the Library Resources content area discussed above, select that content area from the Control Panel.
  2. Add an external link. We suggest that you select the option to open the journal in a new window for easier viewing. Please note: If this option is selected, you and your students will have to turn off any pop-up blockers that are enabled.
  3. Type the name of the journal in the Name field, use the paste command (CTRL + V) to add the URL into the URL field, and add a description if you like. We suggest that you include the coverage information and the name of the database in the description area.
  4. Click submit to add the journal.
  5. Suggestion: if you are going to add more than one journal and you want them grouped together, you may want to create a folder for Journals within that content area.

Please include the following notation:
" Access to this journal is provided through one of the Houston Cole Library's subscription-based databases. If you have any questions about the journal or problems accessing the journal, please contact the Library at 256-782-8034."


For more information on linking to electronic resources, see: How to Link to Electronic Content in Courses, Web Pages, and Other Electronic Documents or contact Jodi Poe.

Locating a Journal Article

  1. If you have the citation for the article, go to Serials Solutions, which is a application to which the JSU Library subscribes that provides links to all of the journals available from JSU with online, full text articles: http://we8af9qh2e.search.serialssolutions.com/.
  2. Type in part or all of the journal name.
  3. Click the Search button or hit enter to initiate the search.
  4. You will be presented with results ranging from no hits to a long list of available databases.
  5. Review this list to determine in which database the full text of your article is available.
  6. Click on that link to retrieve the journal's publication information.
  7. For there, each database is slightly different. However, the majority of the databases will provide some type of listing of available volumes and issues. Find the volume and issue in which your article will appear.
  8. Each database provider/vendor provides a way to create a durable URL for their articles. Our How to Link to Electronic Content in Courses, Web Pages, and Other Electronic Documents provides detailed information about each vendor's requirements.
  9. Please be aware: the Library uses an authentication program, EZproxy, in
    order to provide access to these resources remotely. In order to allow
    remote access, a pointer must be included in all URLs. The EZproxy pointer
    is http://lib-proxy.jsu.edu/login?url=. Please make sure that information is included in any URLs you add to Blackboard.

Please note: you can use a tool like TinyURL, Not So Long, Metamark, or url(x) to make a long URL shorter.


For more information on linking to electronic resources including specific details about each database provider/vendor, see: How to Link to Electronic Content in Courses, Web Pages, and Other Electronic Documents or contact Jodi Poe.

Adding a Journal Article to Blackboard

  1. If you created the Library Resources content area discussed above, select that content area from the Control Panel.
  2. Add an external link. We suggest that you select the option to open the article in a new window for easier viewing. Please note: If this option is selected, you and your students will have to turn off any pop-up blockers that are enabled.
  3. Type the article title in the Name field, use the paste command (CTRL + V) to add the URL into the URL field, and add a description if you like. We suggest that you include the complete citation information in the description area. You may want to include the coverage information and the name of the database in the description area.
  4. Click submit to add the article.
  5. Suggestion: if you are going to add more than one article and you want them grouped together, you may want to create a folder for Journal Articles or Required Readings within that content area.

Please include the following notation:
" Access to this article is provided through one of the Houston Cole Library's subscription-based databases . If you have any questions about the article or problems accessing the article, please contact the Library at 256-782-8034."


For more information on linking to electronic resources, see: How to Link to Electronic Content in Courses, Web Pages, and Other Electronic Documents or contact Jodi Poe.

Databases

You can add direct links to any of the databases to which the JSU Library subscribes and those links directly to your Blackboard course. These links may assist your students in their research. If you are interested in integrating a database or multiple databases into your Blackboard course, the following information will be extremely helpful. If you need additional information or more assistance, feel free to contact our Distance Education/Electronic Resources Manager, Jodi Poe, at jpoe@jsu.edu or 256-782-8103.

Locating a Database

  1. On the Library's homepage, click on the Databases/Electronic Resources link. It is extremely important to use the links from our Web site for remote authentication purposes.
  2. From this page, you can look at one of our listings of databases: either by subject or by title.
  3. When you find the database you would like to add to your course, simply right click with your mouse on the name of the database. Click the "Copy Shortcut" option in the pop-up menu.

Adding a Database to Blackboard

  1. If you created the Library Resources content area discussed above, select that content area from the Control Panel.
  2. Add an external link. We suggest that you select the option to open the database in a new window for easier searching and viewing. Please note: If this option is selected, you and your students will have to turn off any pop-up blockers that are enabled.
  3. Type the name of the database in the Name field, use the paste command (CTRL + V) to add the URL into the URL field, and click submit to add the database.
  4. Suggestion: if you are going to add more than one database, you may want to create a folder for Library Databases within that content area.

Please include the following notation:
" Access to this database is provided through the Houston Cole Library. If you have any questions about the database or problems accessing the database, please contact the Library at 256-782-8034."


For more information on linking to electronic resources, see: How to Link to Electronic Content in Courses, Web Pages, and Other Electronic Documents or contact Jodi Poe.

Electronic Course Reserves (ECR)

Materials for which the instructor owns the copyright or has obtained permission from the publisher can be placed on Electronic Course Reserve. Our staff will scan materials and make these readings available to your students electronically if such use is in compliance with existing copyright laws and/or license agreements. You can add a direct link to your these readings to your Blackboard course. However, we strongly suggest that you use articles that are available through one of our subscription-based databases, because they can be used as often as needed without violating copyright. Access to Electronic Course Reserve materials is restricted to JSU students and is accessible by course number and/or instructor name. For more information about Course Reserves, contact the Reserves Department at reserves@jsu.edu or 256-782-8490.

Requesting a Course Reserve

  1. Complete the Library's online Course Reserve Request form. The more information you can provide us, the quicker we will be able to find the article and get it in our system.

Locating a Course Reserve

  1. On the Library's homepage, click on the Course Reserves link ( http://library.jsu.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=rbSearch), which will lead you to the reserve area of the Library Catalog.
  2. From this page, use the drop-down menu for the Instructor area to find your name. If you have more than one course, you may want to the course information to your search by using the drop-down menu for the Course area to find a specific course.
  3. You should receive a listing of all of the items you have placed on reserve for that course. Scroll through the list until you find the item you want to add and click on the title.
  4. This will retrieve a very brief record. There should be a line item labeled E-Items.
  5. When you find the reserve you would like to add to your course, simply right click with your mouse on the Electronic Reserves link. Click the "Copy Shortcut" option in the pop-up menu.

Adding a Course Reserve to Blackboard

  1. If you created the Library Resources content area discussed above, select that content area from the Control Panel.
  2. Add an external link. We suggest that you select the option to open the reserve in a new window for easier viewing. Please note: If this option is selected, you and your students will have to turn off any pop-up blockers that are enabled.
  3. Type the name of the article in the Name field, use the paste command (CTRL + V) to add the URL into the URL field, and click submit to add the database.
  4. Suggestion: if you are going to add more than one course reserve, you may want to create a folder for Required Readings or Course Reserves within that content area.

Please include the following notation:
" Access to this database is provided through the Houston Cole Library. If you have any questions about the database or problems accessing the database, please contact the Library at 256-782-8034."


For more information on linking to electronic resources, see: How to Link to Electronic Content in Courses, Web Pages, and Other Electronic Documents or contact Jodi Poe.

Integrating Information Literacy into Blackboard

Subject Guides | Handouts

Subject Guides

The JSU Librarians have prepared research guides for different subjects. Our Topical Pathfinders are designed to provide information on finding library materials on a specific topic or subject.

Locating a Research Guide/Topical Pathfinder

  1. Go to the Library's Pathfinder page.
  2. Scroll through the list until you find the guide that you want to add.
  3. When you find the guide you would like to add to your course, simply right click with your mouse on the name of the guide. Click the "Copy Shortcut" option in the pop-up menu.

Adding a Research Guide/Topical Pathfinder to Blackboard

  1. If you created the Library Resources content area discussed above, select that content area from the Control Panel.
  2. Add an external link. We suggest that you select the option to open the guide in a new window for easier viewing. Please note: If this option is selected, you and your students will have to turn off any pop-up blockers that are enabled.
  3. Type the name of the guide in the Name field, use the paste command (CTRL + V) to add the URL into the URL field, and click submit to add the database.
  4. Suggestion: if you are going to add more than one guide, you may want to create a folder for Library Research Guides within that content area.

If there the subject you need is not available, please contact one of our for assistance.

Handouts

The JSU Librarians have prepared a variety of research-oriented handouts. Some of these handouts are general and cover all aspects of the Library, while others are course or assignment specific.

Locating a Library Handout

  1. Go to the Library's Handouts page.
  2. Scroll through the list until you find the handout that you need for your course.
  3. When you find the handout you would like to add to your course, simply right click with your mouse on the name. Click the "Copy Shortcut" option in the pop-up menu.

Adding a Library Handout to Blackboard

  1. If you created the Library Resources content area discussed above, select that content area from the Control Panel.
  2. Add an external link. We suggest that you select the option to open the handout in a new window for easier viewing. Please note: If this option is selected, you and your students will have to turn off any pop-up blockers that are enabled.
  3. Type the name of the handout in the Name field, use the paste command (CTRL + V) to add the URL into the URL field, and click submit to add the database.
  4. Suggestion: if you are going to add more than one handout, you may want to create a folder for Library Handouts within that content area.

If you cannot find a handout that is suitable for your needs, please contact one of our for assistance.

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