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LTI: Display LibGuides content (guides, databases, or E-Reserves) using the (Manual) Single-Course LTI tool

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Getting Started

For most LMSes (Blackboard, D2L, Canvas Moodle, Sakai, etc.), adding a single-course tool link is a 2-step process. (This is based on how the LMS works, not the LTI Tool.) So the first two steps, regardless of the content you want to display, are:

  1. Use whatever process your LMS uses to add a link to a section in the course site, selecting your Single-Course Tool wherever appropriate and giving it whatever name you'd like. (See your system's documentation to learn how to do this.)
  2. If the LibApps selection box does not automatically appear (it may not!), click the link you just added.
    • The first time you click the link, you'll simply be at the selection screen.
    • Subsequent clicks will give you the option to display the content or edit the content. Editing the content will remove the previous selection, so you can make a new selection.
    • Your students will only ever see the content, not the option to display vs. edit the content. You are seeing those options because you have the ability to add/edit/manage content within that course.

Guide content

Once you're at the selection screen, follow the steps below for the Guide content you want to display.

For all of the following options, Published and Private guides may be listed. Guides that have a Guide Type of "Internal Guide" or "Template Guide", or guides assigned to an internal group (CMS only) will not be displayed.

  • The tool checks the email address / role of the user in the LMS when the link is clicked.
  • If the email address matches one in your LibApps site, it displays your Published / Private guides first, then other Published / Private guides in the system.
    • Note: you must also be signed into LibApps in order to choose from private guides.
  • If the email address does not match one in your LibApps site, it displays an alphabetic list of all Published guides.

Full Guide

The whole guide appears, including page navigation. (LibGuides site breadcrumbs do not display.) You have the option to have the landing page be something other than the first page in the guide.

  • LibGuides Site: Choose your site.
  • Content Type: Choose Full LibGuide.
  • Guide: Select the guide you want to display when users click the link.
    • Tip: Use the box at the top to filter the list by guide name!
  • Guide Page: Optionally, select a landing page for the guide.
    • Only use this if you want the landing page to be something other than the first page of the guide.
  • Click Embed Content.
Selection options for embedding a full guide.
Example:
See what a full guide display looks like in Blackboard.
Example of a full guide added to Blackboard

Single Guide Page

Select one page to display. Even if the guide has multiple pages, the page navigation will not display. Only the selected page.

  • LibGuides Site: Choose your site.
  • Content Type: Choose Single Page.
  • Guide: Select the guide that contains the page you want to display.
    • Tip: Use the box at the top to filter the list by guide name!
  • Guide Page: Select the page you want to display when the link is clicked.
  • Click Embed Content.
Selection options for embedding a single guide page
Example:
See what a single guide page display looks like in Blackboard.
Example of a guide page added to Blackboard

Content Box

A single content box from a page in a guide will display. You have the option to display the box without header/borders.

  • LibGuides Site: Choose your site.
  • Content Type: Choose Content Box.
  • Guide: Select the guide that contains the box you want to display.
    • Tip: Use the box at the top to filter the list by guide name!
  • Guide Page: Select the page that contains the box you want to display.
  • Box: Select the box you want to display when the user clicks the link.
  • Optionally, check off the box to display the box without the header/border (like a "floating box" in LibGuides).
  • Click Embed Content.
Selection options for embedding a single content box
Example - Without Header / Border:
See what the display of a content box with no header/border looks like in Blackboard.
Example content box with no header/border added to Blackboard

Databases

Options for displaying databases with the single-course tool include: all A-Z databases, databases for a specific subject including the assigned subject specialists, databases for a specific subject, a single database link, or new/trial databases.

When you're at the selection screen, follow the steps below for the A-Z Database content you want to display.


All A-Z Databases

Display your full list of Database assets, just like your az.php page on your LibGuides site, including filters, database search, and the column with Popular or New/Trial Databases.

  • LibGuides Site: Choose your site.
  • Content Type: Choose All A-Z Databases.
  • Click Embed Content.
Selection options for embedding a full A-Z list
Example:
See what an All A-Z Databases display looks like in Blackboard
Example full A-Z database list added to Blackboard

Databases for Specific Subject + Subject Specialists

Display Databases for a single subject along with subject specialists and related guides, just like your az.php page when limited by subject.

  • LibGuides Site: Choose your site.
  • Content Type: Choose Databases for Specific Subject + Subject Specialists.
  • Subject: Select the subject you'd like to display.
    Tip: Use the box at the top to filter the list by subject name!
Selection options for embedding a subject + subject specialists
Example:
See how the subject + subject specialist option displays in Blackboard.
Example A-Z list for a specific subject + subject specialist added to in Blackboard.

Databases for a Specific Subject (list only)

Display Databases for a single subject, with no extra content.

  • LibGuides Site: Choose your site.
  • Content Type: Choose Databases for a Specific Subject (list only).
  • Subject: Select the subject you'd like to display.
    Tip: Use the box at the top to filter the list by subject name!
  • Click Embed Content.
Selection options for embedding a database list limited by subject
Example:
See how the subject-only list displays in Blackboard
Example A-Z list for a specific subject added to Blackboard

Single Database

Display a link to just one Database.

Note: In Canvas, you have the ability to add single-course tool links within text areas -- this is a great place to link to a specific database!

  • LibGuides Site: Choose your site.
  • Content Type: Choose Specific A-Z Database.
  • Database: Select the guide that contains the box you want to display.
    Tip: Use the box at the top to filter the list by Database name!
  • Click Embed Content.
Selection options for embedding a single database
Example:
See how the single database option displays in Blackboard
Example of single A-Z database added to Blackboard

New / Trial Databases

Displays the Popular and New / Trial Databases boxes.

  • LibGuides Site: Choose your site.
  • Content Type: Choose New / Trial Databases.
  • Click Embed Content.
Selection options for embedding the Popular & New/Trial Databases boxes
Example:
See how the New/Trial box displays in Blackboard
Example new/trial A-Z list added to Blackboard

E-Reserves content

Embedding an E-Reserves Course means that the course page appears in your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, Moodle, Sakai, etc.) almost exactly as it appears on your LibGuides site / within a guide page. There are, however, a couple of differences:

  • If there is a password on the course and/or item(s), users are not asked to input it before content displays. They've already authenticated by logging into the LMS and having access to the course, so why ask them to authenticate again? :)
  • The boxes in the right-hand column on your LibGuides site do not display. E-reserves folder/link content is all that displays.

When you're at the selection screen, follow the steps below for the E-Reserves content you want to display.

  • LibGuides Site: Choose your site.
  • Content Type: Choose E-Reserves > Course Page.
  • Course: Select the course you want to display when users click the link.
    • Note: Only courses within visible terms are displayed in the list. Don't see your course? Check the term visibility in your LibGuides system.
    • Tip: Use the box at the top to filter the list by course name or number!
  • Click Embed Content.
Selection options for embedding an E-Reserves course
Example:
See what an E-Reserves course display looks like in Blackboard
Example E-Reserves course added to Blackboard

Edit Single-Course LTI Tool Selections

If you've made a selection using the Single-Course LTI tool and then decide you'd like to change it, you can do that without having to add a new link!

Note: This screen only appears for users with editing rights in the course in your LMS.

  1. Click the item. This will bring up the View Content / Edit Selection options.
  2. Click Edit Selection.
  3. Refresh the page to display the selection box.
  4. Select new content.
Content selection screen, pointing out the Edit Selection option