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Using Online Library Resources in Teaching

Learn more about using online library resources in teaching including tips on incorporating streaming films, eBooks, and more!

Providing Links in Blackboard

We know that course readings can take many forms and linking to content, particularly articles in some of the library's subscription databases, in a course Blackboard site makes it easier for students to locate the material.

Here are some of our tips on how to effectively link to some of our resources:

  • Don't just provide a link. Give students the relevant information to help them track down the source if the link breaks. Titles, authors, publication titles, or the name of the database it is contained in can help students locate the resource on their own.
  • If linking to an article from one of the library's databases, make sure that you are using the persistent or permalink. Most URLs that appear in your browser's address bar when searching in databases are temporary and only work during a particular search session. Our Static Linking page can show you where to locate permanent links within some of our most popular databases.
  • Remind students that they can sign up for free New York TimesWall Street Journal, and Financial Times digital subscription accounts via the library if you require students to read articles from those publications. Directions on how to register for these accounts are located on our Current News guide.

Course Reserves

Our Course Reserves service can help you with providing correct links and documentation to items in our collections within your Blackboard site. If you have any questions, reach out to Anne Jorgensen (