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Services for Faculty

This guide explains library services available to faculty such as, checking out materials, requesting library instruction, course reserves, and other helpful information.

How to Find an Article URL

1. From a campus computer, locate an article within MCC's Discovery Search system (multidatabase search) or within an individual library database.

2. Locate the article URL in the article record or citation.  It will be labeled as either "Permalink" (Discovery Search, Ebsco databases), "Bookmark this Document" or "Bookmark" (Gale databases, NewsBank - bottom of page), and "Document URL" (CQ Researcher and ProQuest Newstand, bottom of page).

Screenshot showing location of Permalink in Ebsco

3.  Copy the URL and follow the instructions for "How to Link to Library Content" which provides the instructions for using the library article link in Blackboard.

4.  In order for the article link to work off-campus, if the URL does not have the following characters at the beginning of the URL:  

https://ezproxy.mclennan.edu/login?url=

followed by a second "http," please add this character string to the front of your article URL.

For example:

http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:WTHB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=14FA1854880BD468&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB5F98AD8E74A

becomes:

https://ezproxy.mclennan.edu/login?url=http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:WTHB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=14FA1854880BD468&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB5F98AD8E74A

How to Link to Library Content

You may add a link to a library resource in either the course menu or within a content area.

Course Menu:

1.  Make sure the Edit Mode is set to "On."

2.  Click the plus sign and select "Web Link."

Screenshot of course menu page in Blackboard

3.  In the form that opens, type a name for your link, copy and paste the URL you want to use, check the "Available to Users" box, and Submit.

4.  After refreshing the page, you can drag the link to any position on course menu. 

5.  Click on the drop down next to the link to direct it to open in a new window.  This will allow the student to navigate the library content and keep their course content easily accessible.

Content Area

1.  Open a content area, and in the “Build Content” menu, select “Web Link.”

Screenshot of Content Area page in Blackboard

2.  In the form that opens, type a name for your link, paste in the URL, add a description.  Be sure to direct the link to open in a new window.  This will allow the student to work with the library content as well as navigate their course content.  Select other options as desired and Submit.