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Q. How do I add library course reserves lists to my Blackboard class?

How do I add Research Guides or Recommended Databases to my Blackboard class? 

Answered By: Beth Juhl
Last Updated: Jan 19, 2024     Views: 22

Blackboard offers two different methods for adding library reserves lists or research guides to your course content:

Blackboard LibApps content options

Automagic - Blackboard Ultra

For automagic linking to work, you must contact our course reserves service or your subject librarian to add your Blackboard course ID to our reserves lists or guides. 
  • Under Content, Press the Plus icon and choose "Content Market
    Choose the Content area plus sign, then choose Content Market
  • Click the (+) icon for LibApps (Automagic)
    Choos LibApps (Automagic)
  • The tool will be added
  • Edit it for title, such as "Library Guides" and make it visible to students.
    Click the elipses to edit the content item title and visibility
    Adding custom title and setting visibility for students
  • That's it! When students access the course Content area, they should see any associated guides or course reserves for that class. 
    If there is only a single guide or reserves list, it will open in the content frame. 
    LibApps single content item 
  • If multiple items have been added to the course, you will see a list of options.
    Multiple content items
Content not showing?  Contact us to make sure we have your current semester Blackboard ID in our system metadata. 

 

Automagic - Blackboard Learn Original Experience

For automagic linking to work, you must contact our course reserves service or your subject librarian to add your Blackboard course ID to our reserves lists or guides. 
  • In the course, choose Content, then Build Content then LibApps (AutoMagic)
    Choose Content, then Build Content, then LibApps Automagic
  • Add a name and any instructions or styling.
    Add a name and description
  • That's it!  When students access the course Content area, they should see any associated guides or course reserves for that class. 
    LibApps content embed
Content not showing?  Contact us to make sure we have your current semester Blackboard ID in our system metadata. 

Single Course - Blackboard Ultra

  • Under Content, Press the Plus icon and choose "Content Market
    Choose the Content area plus sign, then choose Content Market
  • Click the (+) icon for LibApps (Single Course)
    Choose LibApps (Single Course)
  • The App has been added and now you need to add content to it.  Click the name of the content item.
    Click the name of the item to add content
  • You will be asked what content item you would like to add.  This can be
    • a LibGuide (Research Guide) or single page from a guide
    • a list of library databases from our A-Z list
    • a course reserves list
  • After you have made your selection, click Embed content. 
    Choose the content type to add guide, database list, or reserves list
  • Now you can edit the app for title, such as "Library Guides" and make it visible to students.
    Click the elipses to edit the content item.
    Adding custom title and setting visibility for students
  • That's it! When students access the course Content area, they should see any associated guides or course reserves for that class. 
    If there is only a single guide or reserves list, it will open in the content frame. 
    LibApps single content item 
  • If multiple items have been added to the course, you will see a list of options.
    Multiple content items

Single Course - Blackboard Original Experience

  • In the course, choose Content, then Build Content then LibApps (Single Course)
    Chose Content > Build > LibApps (Single Course)
  • Add a name and any instructions or styling.
    Add a name and description
  • You are returned to the main Content page.  Click the Library content block you just added to edit it.
    Edit the content container
  • You will be asked to choose the content to be added.  Content can include research guides, course reserves lists, or database lists. 
    Select from library research guides, course reserves, or database a-z lists
  • After selecting your content, click Embed
  • Students will see the content you have selected. 
    Library database list in LibGuides
     

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