Faculty Information Guide: Moodle

Creating Moodle Links

You can create links to access specific library electronic resources in your Moodle pages that will work for students whether they are on or off campus. Only links to licensed content need to have our proxy prefix added (freely available content does not need to be proxied). 

How to do this:

  1. Do not use the URL in the browser's address bar to construct your link. Instead, use the permanent/persistent link provided by the vendor.  The terminology used by content providers varies, but look for terms such as permalink, stable URL, or bookmarks.  If you are on a publisher's website (American Chemical Society, APA PsycARTICLES, Science Direct), you can use the DOI as a permanent link.  A few databases do not provide permalinks, and in these instances, you can use the URL from the browser's address bar.  If you are unsure of how to locate a permalink, feel free to contact one of the librarians for assistance.
  2. If you are linking to an item from our Saints Search interface, the permalink from the item's record already has our proxy information embedded in the link.  You can use the permalink on your Moodle page without modification.
  3. If you are using a permanent link from an individual database, add the following proxy prefix to the beginning of the permanent link:  https://carroll.idm.oclc.org/login?url=. There is a Moodle links tool here which can do this for you automatically: https://www.carroll.edu/library/forms-services/moodle-links-tool


Embedding a librarian in Moodle - What's that?

An embedded librarian is a librarian that is integrated into an online course for a period of time to support the student's in their research process. 


Why do I need an embedded librarian?

An embedded librarian provides a visible presence of the library in your course and offers a quick way for your students to access personalized librarian support where they are at (your virtual space).

The library has an enormous collection of electronic resources that can be accessed remotely, but having the resources is not enough. Many students have difficulties and need help, not only accessing resources remotely, but knowing what resources and services are available to them, what to use for research assignments and how to find that information.


What can the embedded librarian do for your class?

  • help narrow topics and brainstorm ideas for research
  • identify keywords and search terms for a topic
  • help students find credible sources and peer reviewed articles
  • provide information about the library's databases, e-books and services
  • provide information about, and support with, citations and the Zotero citation management tool
  • answer questions about the library or research


How to request an embedded librarian

Are tired of getting essays and research projects from your students that are full of unreliable sources? Or maybe their citations are all over the place. Don't have the time to teach information literacy in your class? Let the friendly knowledgeable librarians at the Corette Library do it for you! 

To request an embedded librarian in your course, simply email your request to libstaff@carroll.edu. Once your request is received, a librarian will contact you for a discussion about what sort of support and library presence you are looking for in your class (i.e. date ranges, specific resources you want highlighted, what your assignment is, etc.).


Embed library content into Moodle

Faculty can embed other types of library resources directly into Moodle:

  • Search boxes for specific databases;
  • Search bar for the library catalog (Saints Search) - example below;
  • "Ask a librarian" chat widget.
  • Other ideas? Let us know!

The library offers full-service installation for any of the above.  

  1. Contact the library at libstaff@carroll.edu with your request. 
  2. We will assign a staff member to your course and consult with you.
  3. Add the library staff member to your course as an instructor (with editing privileges), and we will go into your course and install the library resource modules you have indicated.