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Reserves: Do it Yourself

Find and Upload Your Own Materials

Instructors are able to upload material to Blackboard on their own.

  1. Locating Articles and Books for E-Reserves.
    • Permalink from OneSearch:
    1. Locate an online article or ebook in OneSearch.
    2. Select and copy the Permalink to that record
    3. Place the permalink in your course site  - students will be directed to authenticate if they try to access they resources while they are off campus.
       
    • Permalink from EBSCO and some other databases:
    1. Locate an online article or ebook in most EBSCO databases.
    2. Select and copy the Permalink to that record that includes this EZProxy URL https://brooklyn.ezproxy.cuny.edu/login?url= 
    3. If the article or ebook does not have the EZProxy URL, you should add it at the beginning of the article’s URL.
    4. Place the permalink in your course site  - students will be directed to authenticate if they try to access they resources while they are off campus.
       
    • Link directly to a resource in a library database such as Ebook Central
  1. Locate the stable URL to the article or ebook in the item record.
  2. NB: in some publisher websites (eg: Sage, Wiley) you can use the URL that appears in the address bar of the browser to link back to the article.
  3. If this EZ Proxy URL (shown below) is not already added to the resource to ensure off-campus access. The EZProxy prefix is
    https://brooklyn.ezproxy.cuny.edu/login?url= 
    Thus the link to Academic Search Premier would look like this:
    https://brooklyn.ezproxy.cuny.edu/login?url= 
    https://cuny-bc.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_BC/1llq8ma/alma9994353329206124
  • See if the article is freely available online
  1. Google: good search tactic is to include both article title and author's last name in search box; put the article title in quotation marks.
  2. Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com/): Google and Google Scholar have different bodies of information, so it's worth it to search both. Use same search tactic recommended above.

Questions? Ask a reference librarian! However, if you have a subject-specific question, it would be best to ask a subject specialist.

  1. Linking articles, e-books, other electronic documents directly to your Blackboard course site.
    Be sure to tell your students that they will be required to authenticate with the Library's EZ-Proxy server to link to licensed resources from off campus. The instructions for remote access to Library resources is at https://libguides.brooklyn.cuny.edu/accounts/email:  Students can also find remote access instructions under the Library tab in Blackboard.
    1. Go to the Blackboard course site to which you will link the electronic source
    2. Click the Control Panel
    3. Choose any of the following links from the Content Areas panel
    4. Course Information
    5. Course Documents
    6. External Links
    7. Select the External Links option on the Add bar at the top of the page
    8. Enter a title for the link in the Name field
    9. Type (or paste) the URL (the web address) in the URL field. Be sure to include the http:// at the beginning
    10. Enter a set of descriptive words or sentences in the Text box, including complete bibliographic information about the article (i.e. author, title of article, journal title, volume, issue, pages, date)
    11. Click the Submit button
    12. Press OK to approve your action
  2. Uploading Scanned Documents to Blackboard
    1. Logon to Blackboard
    2. Go to the course site to which you will post the reading material
    3. Click the Control Panel
    4. Choose Course Information in the Content Areas box
    5. Click the Item button on the Add bar
    6. Enter the name of your document
    7. Scroll down to Section 2
    8. Click the Browse button to find the reading material (document)
    9. Select the document
    10. Click the Submit button
    11. Click OK in the package receipt

Contact Information

Library Circulation Desk

CircDesk@brooklyn.cuny.edu 718-951-5328