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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 Ebook Link

1.  Click on the "Books" tab on the MCC Library's home page. 

2.  You can then choose to search an individual ebook collection (Ebook collections) or search for a book in the library's library catalog (Advanced Book Search).

3.  If you find a book in one of the ebook databases, locate the document link in the book's record.  Look for labeling such as "Share Link to Book" (ProQuest Ebook Central), "Permalink" (eBook Collection from Ebscohost), "Bookmark" (Gale Virtual Reference Library, top of page), or copy/paste the URL in the address bar (Cambridge Companions Online.)

4.  If you locate a book that is electronic (labeled with "electronic resource" in the title) in MCC's Advanced Book Search, locate and right click to copy the URL labeled "Click here for online access to this title through..."

5.  Follow the instructions for "How to Link to Library Content" to place the library content link in Blackboard.

6.  In order for the link to work off-campus, if the ebook address you have copied and pasted does not include the following characters at the beginning of the URL: 

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

followed by a second "http", please add the character string to the beginning.  One exception is with ProQuest Ebook Central.

For example:

http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE|1RJC&v=2.1&u=txshracd2526&it=etoc&p=GVRL&sw=w

becomes:

https://ezproxy.mclennan.edu/login?url=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE|1RJC&v=2.1&u=txshracd2526&it=etoc&p=GVRL&sw=w

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.