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Displaying Database links using the Manual LTI tool

Getting Started:
For most LMSes (Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, Moodle, Sakai, etc.), adding a manual 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 Manual 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.

Once 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.

Example:

See what an All A-Z Databases display looks like in Blackboard.

Selection options for embedding a full guide.

Databases for Specific Subject + Subject Specialists

Display Databases for a single subject along with subject specialists & 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!

Example:

See how the subject + subject specialist option displays in Blackboard.

Selection options for embedding a subject + subject specialists.

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.

Example:

See how the subject-only list displays in Blackboard.

Selection options for embedding a database list limited by subject.

Single Database

Display a link to just one Database.

In Canvas, you have the ability to add Manual 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.

Example:

See how the single database option displays in Blackboard.

Selection options for embedding a single database.

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.

Example:

See how the New/Trial box displays in Blackboard.

Selection options for embedding the Popular & New/Trial Databases boxes.

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