By integrating library resources into Blackboard, you can enhance your courses by linking to relevant Library Research Guides, online journal articles or e-books, streaming video or audio, and electronic databases to support course research assignments.
You can also provide students with an opportunity to make contact with a librarian when a research question or need for help arises. Each UST department is assigned a subject liaison librarian. This professional can help choose appropriate library resources, assist with the integration of research into courses or particular assignments, and provide in-class instruction in these matters. You might even wish to add a librarian to your Blackboard course.
Using External Links in Your Blackboard Course
(Please include a full citation or other descriptive material on what you're linking to: if there's a problem with the link. Having some descriptive info may help library staff assist students accessing the material if they call in.)
- Link to a Library Research Guide
Crafted by our librarians, these guides are web pages explaining how to do research in a particular subject area, highlighting processes and appropriate sources
- Link to an Online Article or E-book
Contact the O'Shaughnessy Frey (2-5498) or Keffer Library Reserves Coordinator (2-4642) for assistance, consult our web page on linking to online articles, or consult your liaison librarian. In rare cases, some e-resources may only allow a limited number of simultaneous users. Please note this with your link text, and notify the Libraries if this causes a problem.
- Link to a Subscription Research Database
Browse our list of databases by subject or alphabetically by title, and add the link to your course
- Link to Streaming Video or Audio content
Using Assignments in Your Blackboard Course
- Follow up the research assignment guidelines with a link to a Library Research Guide or other appropriate resource
- Have students compare two differing opinions on a topic, expressed in two separate journal articles--try linking directly to each article in the outline of the assignment
- Make a "Course Articles" folder and add links directly to required readings, or embed the links directly in your syllabus
- Make a "Live Chat Topics" folder and add links to appropriate articles as conversation starters. These required readings will be the springboard for live chats at scheduled times
- Ask your librarian to post Library instruction handouts for easy access after class
Using Course Tools in the Blackboard Control Panel
- Schedule library instruction to coincide with an assignment that requires research
- Place the scheduled library instruction session on the course calendar
- After a library instruction session, it may help to have the liaison involved in Discussion Boards
- Involve the library in the Create Collaborative Session option