Online Library

Integrate Library Resources

There are many ways to integrate the large variety of information resources available through the library into your courses or other teaching environments.

Jump to a section:

  1. Course Guides
  2. Curriculum Builder tool (locate and create reading lists in Moodle)
  3. Article permalinks (manual adds)
  4. Learning objects
  5. Librarian consults (for course or assignment design ideas)
  6. Open Educational Resources (OER)
  7. Copyright help

Course Guides

Tired of constantly checking for broken links to library readings in your Moodle courses? Want to add some spark to your reading lists? Want to add some help and scaffolding materials around your readings and research assignments? A Course Guide may be for you! A Course Guide is a customizable website maintained by the library that can house links to course readings, tutorials, videos, images and more. They are easy to create and modify, and a built-in link checker is run periodically by the library to ensure broken links are identified and fixed promptly.

Here are some examples of existing course guides, made in collaboration with faculty:

If interested in exploring this option for organizing your course readings into a Guide, email Dana Longley (or call ext. 2479)

Curriculum Builder (create and annotate reading lists in Moodle)

Curriculum Builder is a tool within a Moodle course to search for articles, eBooks and videos in the online library and then easily create a page within your course for a reading list (and then annotate that list, if desired) from your search results, with the click of a button. If interested in using this time-saving tool, start by viewing the Step-by-Step Curriculum Builder Tutorial. [Note: the Curriculum Builder function in Moodle may not be turned on for all users by default. You may need to contact your AC and the IT service desk for help with this.]

Article or Video Links

Do you want to embed a stable, persistent link to an article, video or e-book from within a library database?

Consult How to Get Permalinks to Library Journal Articles and Other Database Items for database-specific steps, and the video tutorial: E-Books and Streaming Videos for ESC Course Development.

Also, view Grab a Permalink for an EBSCOHost database article (video tutorial).

Research Skill Learning Objects

The library has created several customizable learning objects that can be used to teach or reinforce research and information literacy concepts and skills, as well as the basics of navigating the library website.

Instructional Design Consultation

The librarians can also work with faculty members and/or course developers on several other aspects of instructional design:

  • integrating help tutorials, learning objects and other assignment-scaffolding materials into courses
  • recommending or creating customizable help text for assignments
  • providing embeddable videos, Ask a Librarian chat widgets or database search widgets, or other learning objects to help students grasp various research concepts
  • getting direct access to library resources and services
  • design assignments that aim to instill or reinforce any research or information literacy skills.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Visit the clearinghouse of open educational resources licensed for reuse and learn about the open access movement in general.


For copyright and fair use issues and other questions about using copyright material, please consult our Copyright Information Resource Center.

Contact Dana Longley, assistant director for library instruction and information literacy, with inquiries, questions, or ideas for collaboration.