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Library E-resources Update

What has changed?

Links to Library e-resources (permalinks and embed code) have changed. All links to Library resources will need to be updated within your courses to ensure continued off-campus access. Even if the old link appears to work on campus, it will no longer work off-campus.

Off-campus access to e-resources has changed. Use your RDP email and password to access RDP Library e-resources off-campus. Learn more.

What has NOT changed?

Links to Library Guides (subject guides and citation guides) and Tutorials are not impacted and will not need to be changed. For example:

  • https://guides.rdpolytech.ca/library - no need to update
  • https://rdc-ab.libwizard.com/f/apa - no need to update

What do I need to do?

You will need to:

  • update links to Library resources in your courses (Blackboard, course outlines, etc.), by following the steps below.
  • change information in your courses about Library login. Off-campus access to Library resources now uses your RDP email address and password. Your iCard barcode and NEOS PIN will still be used to access your Library account (e.g. place holds, place interlibrary loans, renew items). 

Link e-Resources in Blackboard

Why Use Permalinks

  • Most publishers do not allow uploading PDFs into Blackboard. Instead, use permalinks for the Library's licensed databases for articles, e-books, and streaming videos.
  • Using permalinks:
    • Saves space on Blackboard's servers.
    • Gives the Library statistics on resource usage
    • Introduces students to what databases look like and do (via a “database-view” of the article).

Finding Permalinks

  • Permanent URLs may also be called "permanent links", "persistent links", "permalinks" or "stable links". For most e-resources, a web browser's address bar URL is not a permanent link.
  • Find the e-resource you wish to link to, then copy the permalink for inclusion in your course. Find permalinks for:

Ensuring Off-campus Access

If you're a Red Deer Polytechnic student, faculty, or staff, use your RDP email address and password to access Library e-resources off-campus. RDP uses Multifactor authentication (MFA); if prompted to authenticate via MFA, use your chosen method (app, text, or other method). Learn More.

Adding Permalinks to Blackboard

  • Select the option "Open in New Window" to ensure the e-resource opens outside of Blackboard.
  • Include a full citation for the resource. This will ensure that if the link breaks, students will be able to look up the resource outside of Blackboard.
  • Switch to Student View Mode and test your links in Blackboard.
  • Add Links in Blackboard - Show Me!

Cite & Attribute e-Resources

Include a full citation for any e-resources included in your Blackboard course:

  • This ensures that if the link breaks, students will be able to look up the resource outside of Blackboard.
  • For information and examples, visit Citing & Attributing Works on the Copyright Guide.

If you have questions about linking eResources, or experience difficulty getting the linking to work properly, please Ask Us!

EBSCO Database Articles


JSTOR Articles


Gale Database Articles 


Project Muse Articles


Science Direct Articles 


ProQuest databases Articles

(Education Database, CBCA Complete, Canadian Newstream, Calgary Herald)

Artstor Digital Library Videos

  • Artstor videos cannot be embedded, only linked
  • View video full record (click on video title from search results)
  • On the right-hand side of the video, look for the Copy box; click to copy video URL
  • To ensure the link will work off-campus, prepend it with the following URL: https://rdpolytech.idm.oclc.org/login?url=
  • Your URL should look similar to this (with no spaces or line breaks): 
    https://rdpolytech.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://library.artstor.org/#/asset/27035065

Criterion-on-Demand Videos


Curio Videos


Films on Demand Videos


Kanopy Videos

  • Kanopy videos can be embedded and linked
  • Click on the Share link, located below the video
  • To link to the video:
  • To embed the video
    • Copy the Embed Code (no need to add a prepend)
    • In Blackboard, create an Item
    • Using the toolbar, switch to Source Code view  [show me]
    • Paste the copied embed code
    • Add context and citation information
    • View our printable instructions with screen captures 
    • View Embedding Films information from Kanopy

National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

  • NFB videos can be embedded and linked
  • To link to the video:
  • To embed the video
    • Click on the Embed icon (</>) located below the video
    • Copy the Embed Code (no need to add a prepend)
    • In Blackboard, create an Item
    • Using the toolbar, switch to Source Code view  [show me]
    • Paste the copied embed code
    • Add context and citation information
    • View our printable instructions with screen captures
    • TIP! For additional instructor features such as playlist creation and film chaptering, activate an NFB Campus personal profile. For more information and the activation key, contact your Subject Librarian

ProQuest Ebook Central


EBSCO Databases E-books

Within any Content Area, Learning Module, or Folder select Build Content > Web Link.

Step 1: Add Web Link Information

  • Name your link and paste the persistent URL into the URL box.
  • Ensure the link will work off-campus by prepending it with the following URL if it is not already included: https://rdpolytech.idm.oclc.org/login?url=

 

Step 2: Add Description

  • Add a full citation for your resource.

 

Step 3: Ignore Attachments

  • Most publishers DO NOT allow uploading of e-resources directly into Blackboard.

Step 4: Set Web Link Options

  • Set Open in New Window to Yes.

Step 5: Select Standard Options

  • Select other options as required.

Step 6: Submit and Test Link

  • Click Submit to add your link.

  • Switch to Student View and test your link.

Cite & Attribute e-Resources

Include a full citation for any e-resources included in your Blackboard course:

  • This ensures that if the link breaks, students will be able to look up the resource outside of Blackboard.
  • For information and examples, visit Citing & Attributing Works on the Copyright Guide.