1 – Check that RHUL staff & students have access to the online material.
2 – Find / create the ‘stable URL’ link for the ejournal article or ebook.
3 – Combine the ‘stable URL’ with the 'RHUL login URL' to create a link that can be used in Moodle
4 - Add the resource link to Moodle
Step 1 - Check that RHUL staff & students have access to the online material.
Search the Library Catalogue or LibrarySearch to find out whether a journal title or book is available online and if RHUL has access to it (check the dates covered for journals). LibrarySearch can also be used to search by article title. You should then refine your search by 'Items with full-text online', then refine by 'Content type' - such as journal article, ebook, newspaper, etc. (see More Information section).
Step 2 – Find / create the 'stable URL' for the ejournal article or ebook.
When you find the ejournal article or ebook you want to link to, check the full reference section (sometimes referred to as ‘more information’ or 'citation information' or 'bibliographic information'). This is usually where the stable URL can be found. (see More Informaiton about stable URLs.)
JSTOR: stable URLs are located with the article information in Tables of Contents and also in the full reference when you view the full-text article (see Examples section).
EBSCO Host: click on the title of the article to go into the full reference information and then click on ‘Permalink’ on the right hand panel. Highlight the stable URL (or Permalink) and copy it.
MyiLibrary ebooks: go to the ‘cover’ page of the ebook (the first page you are taken to) click on ‘Bibliographic details’. Then click on ‘Citation’ and copy the stable URL from one of the citation formats. You can also link to chapters following the same procedure (see Examples section).
DawsonEra ebooks: go to the ‘Full Title Display’ page for the ebook (i.e. the first page you are taken to after login), copy the url from the browser URL address field.You can also link direct to chapters by copying the browser URL at the Chapter page (see Examples section)
ScienceDirect: copy the Digital Object Identifier/DOI (see 'More information' below) and paste it on to the end of the DOI resolver URL: http://dx.doi.org/ (see Examples section)
e.g. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0304-1131(82)90015-7 (see More Information about DOIs)
Step 3 - Combine the ‘stable URL’ with the 'RHUL login URL' to create a link that can be used in Moodle.
In order for RHUL staff and students to be able to access a ‘stable URL’ both on and off campus, you need to add the following URL to the front of the 'stable URL':
The final URL should look similar to:
This format of URL can now be pasted into a link from Moodle.
Step 4 - Add the resource link to Moodle
If you have not already done so, go to Moodle and login.
Turn editing ON
Go to week / Topic and
From the ‘Add a resource’ drop down menu select ‘Link to a file or web site’
Enter a name for the resource (e.g. the article / book chapter reference or the book / journal title or the name of the e-resource)
Paste the URL in the Location text field
Click on ‘Save and return to course’
Test the link
IMPORTANT: We recommend that you always check your Moodle links to Library resources from a computer that is off campus, this is to ensure that your students can access the material from their own computers.