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Faculty Resources & Services

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.

Instructions for how to create links to different types of sources is available on the How to Link section of this page.

For assistance creating links or any questions about 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.)
  • 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.
    • 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. 

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 Compliance Instructions:

  • 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 and apply the proxy prefix (see above.)
  • 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 or check the publishers' permissions (see below):
    • 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
  • Restrict distribution and modification of the document (copying, printing, etc.) by applying security protections. We can protect pdf documents using Adobe Acrobat PRO DC
  • Get Permission: 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 use the Copyright Clearance Center to get permission (see below.)


Get Copyright Permission

The Copyright Clearance Center

We can get permissions to use materials through the Copyright Clearance Center.

Many publishers work with the CCC to supply permission for academic use. The CCC provides information about the availability of content based on permission type and intended use.

The publisher may require fees for use of the material. The CCC facilitates the payment of fees through Pay-Per-Use options

If permission is not available through the CCC, the library can work with you to contact the publisher or find other approaches to providing access to the requested materials.

Learn more about Copyright and the CCC.

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