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Library resources, information and services for the CIA Faculty.

Library Resources for Moodle

Library resources can be incorporated into Moodle Course sites. The Library works with CETL to help you identify and obtain materials and then integrate documents, links and other tools.  For any questions or to make an appointment to discuss resources for Moodle, please contact Raven Fonfa, Reference & Information Literacy Librarian,

Examples of resources:

  • Library webpages: links to specific webpages from the site, such as Subject & Class Guides or the list of Databases.  You can request a new page be created for a class.
  • Databases & Journals: a link to a specific database or electronic journal can be put in Moodle. An alternative to a database link is a search box widget.  The library can create a widget that customizes a database search box with preloaded search options (such as peer-reviewed, full-text or subject terms.) Instructions for links and widgets below.
  • Articles: full-text of articles can be added to Moodle course pages. Please review Copyright Guidelines below.
                   Whenever possible, a link to an article in a Library Database is the preferred method
    • Link to the full-text of an individual article in a database or electronic journal. The link would take the student to a site outside Moodle. Instructions for creating links to specific articles below.
    • Upload a document - if we do not have access to the article in a database, the library can help obtain or scan an article to be read within the Moodle course interface.
  • Books: sections of books can be scanned and uploaded to Moodle. Please review Copyright Guidelines below. As with articles, electronic access is preferred. If we do not currently own a copy of the ebook, we can purchase one if available.  Links can be made to ebooks and even specific sections or chapters within ebooks. See instructions below.

How to Enable Off-Campus Access

Electronic resources provided by the Library are accessible from off-campus using EZproxy authentication software (learn more from OCLC.)  

When patrons link to a database, ebook or ejournal, they are prompted to enter their username & password, which is the same CIA single login used for email, Moodle and MainMenu.

To create a link to a resource enabling EZproxy, we attach a prefix to the url of the website.

The CIA EZproxy prefix is:

For example:

To create a link to the EBSCO eBooks Collection, take the URL for the database:,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=nlebk

Place the EZproxy prefix in front of the URL:,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=nlebk

Then add that URL to any webpage or Moodle course page and you can link to the database with off-campus access.

Creating Links for Databases & eJournals

The simplest way to add a link to a Library Database or eJournal is to copy the link from a Library webpage,
e.g. Articles & Databases or Research Guides.

This will ensure the link is correct and includes the EZproxy prefix.

We can also create customized database links, such as a direct link to the Advanced Search pages, or combine multiple databases to cross-search (within a vendor platform, GALE, EBSCO, Proquest.) 

For example, if you want students to search both Culinary Arts Collection and Hospitality,Tourism & Leisure Complete with one search, we can create a custom link.

Creating Links to Articles in Databases

To link to a specific article, you need a permanent link and the EZproxy prefix. 

EZproxy prefix is

Each database has different methods for providing the permanent link.

  • Proquest 
    • Click on article title to view full record
    • Click on tab Abstract/Details
    • Scroll down to Document URL
    • Copy url, attach EZproxy prefix, paste
    • Click on article title to view full record
    • Under Tools (on right side of page) click permalink‚Äč
    • Copy url, attach EZproxy prefix, paste
  • GALE
    • Click on article title to view full record
    • Scroll down to bottom of article
    • The permanent url is within the Source Citation
    • Note: the EZproxy prefix is already attached, (the url starts with ciachef)

Creating Links to eBooks

EZproxy prefix is

  • EBSCO eBook Collection
    • Click on title of book
    • Under Tools (on right side of page) click permalink‚Äč
    • Copy url, attach EZproxy prefix, paste
  • ProQuest Ebook Central
    • Click on title of book
    • On left side of page, click Share Link to Book
    • Copy url, attach EZproxy prefix, paste

Adding Links in Moodle

  • Click Add an activity or resource
  • Select URL
  • Name and describe the resource
  • Under Content paste link into external URL
  • optional Under Appearance select Display "In pop-up" so the resource opens in a separate browser window.
  • Save

Copyright Guidelines

Copyright for Digital Content in Moodle

When you put electronic copies of published materials, such as articles or book chapters, in Moodle, there are copyright restrictions that must be followed.  Even though access to the materials may be covered by Fair Use for educational purposes; it is our responsibility to restrict electronic distribution that may violate copyright law.

CETL and the Library are happy to help you identify the copyright permissions for your materials and provide access for your students in a way that complies with copyright law.

More information about Fair Use from the U.S. Copyright Office

eTools:  Fair Use Evaluator and Exceptions for Instructors

From Copyright Advisory Network (CAN) of the American Library Association

Copyright guidelines:

  • Access to the document should be restricted to students in the class (already established by Moodle.)
  • Link to the item's full-text in a library database, if available.  (The right to link is included in the license agreement and we can help locate the permanent url.)
  • Put a full citation in the link to the item and a copyright notice on the first page of the document. 
    • Sample copyright notice: "Notice: This material is subject to the copyright law of the United States. Any further reproduction or distribution of this material may be a violation of copyright."
  • Follow these general standards limiting how much of a published item can be used:
    • 10% or one chapter of a book
    • one article from an issue of a journal or magazine
    • one essay, story or poem from a collection
  • The ability to distribute the document (copy, save, print, email) can be controlled by applying security protections.*
  • If an item is going to be used repeatedly for the same class over multiple semesters/terms, than we must request permission from the copyright holder; permission must be granted every term you use the item.

*We can control some security and access using Adobe Acrobat PRO DC

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