Banner Image

Integrating Library Resources With Moodle

This page contains a set of tools that you can use in your Moodle course to help you and your students find and use library resources.

Click here for a printable version of this page.


Add A BelCat search link
Give students easy access to search the Beloit College Library Catalog in your Moodle course.

  1. Open your Moodle course
  2. Turn editing on
  3. Add a resource in the week where you wish the BelCat link to appear
  4. Choose to Link to a File or Website
  5. Give the Resource a Name like BelCat Search
  6. Copy and paste this URL http://lib.beloit.edu/uhtbin/cgisirsi.exe/x/x/0/49/ into the Location field
  7. Click the Save and Return to Course button


Link to journal articles and E-books
Create a direct link to library resources in your Moodle course.

  • Journal articles
    1. Go to the library database list and locate the journal article you wish to link to
    2. Copy the URL from your browser. Test the link to make sure the URL will work repeatedly.
    3. Open your Moodle course
    4. Turn editing on
    5. Add a resource in the week where you wish the Journal article link to appear
    6. Choose to Link to a File or Website
    7. Give the Resource a Name like the Article title
    8. Paste the Journal URL into the Location field
    9. Click the Save and Return to Course button
  • E-books
    1. Go to the library E-books page and locate the e-book you wish to link to
    2. Copy the URL from your browser
    3. Open your Moodle course
    4. Turn editing on
    5. Add a resource in the week where you wish the E-book link to appear
    6. Choose to Link to a File or Website
    7. Give the Resource a Name like the E-book title
    8. Paste the E-book URL into the Location field
    9. Click the Save and Return to Course button


Link to Library Research Guides
Integrate research resources for students into your Moodle course.

  • Link to Library Research FAQs
    1. Open your Moodle course
    2. Turn editing on
    3. Add a resource in the week where you wish the Library Research link to appear
    4. Choose to Link to a File or Website
    5. Give the Resource a Name like Research FAQ
    6. Copy and paste this URL https://www.beloit.edu/library/research_tips/ into the Location field
    7. Click the Save and Return to Course button
  • Consult with library reference staff about creating a resource and
    research guide for your students.

 
Keep up with ISR/Library News
Add the ISR RSS Feed to keep up to date with the latest ISR/Library news.

  1. Open your Moodle course
  2. Turn editing on
  3. Use the Blocks drop down menu to add a Remote RSS Feed block
  4. In the newly created block, click the link to Click here to configure this block to display RSS feeds
  5. On the next screen, check the box for Beloit College ISR
  6. Give your RSS feed a title like ISR News
  7. Click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the screen


Embed a Chat with a Librarian widget on your Course page
Enable real time chatting with a reference librarian in your Moodle course.

  1. Open your Moodle course
  2. Turn editing on
  3. Use the Add Blocks drop down menu to add an HTML block
  4. Click the Edit icon Moodle HTML Block Edit on the new HTML block
  5. When the Blocks editor opens, enter a Block Title like Chat with a Librarian
  6. Click the Toggle HTML Source icon Moodle Toggle HTML Icon
  7. Copy and paste this text into the block:
    • <embed width="190" height="275" wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://widget.meebo.com/mm.swf?NJMDhdjSkm" />
  8. Click the Save Changes button
  9. A "widget" will be embedded in your course that will allow you to chat with bclibref (if they are online)

 
Collaborate with a Librarian
Add a librarian liaison to your course. The library liaison will not see grades in a course, but will be able to add resources and activities, post forum messages, etc.

  1. Open your Moodle course
  2. Click the Assign Roles link in the Administration block of your course
  3. Click the Librarian link
  4. Search for the librarian you'd like to add on the right hand side
  5. Highlight their name and click the Add button to move them to the left hand side
  6. Your course will show up for the librarian in the "My Courses" section when they log into Moodle