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Linking to Library Resources

How to link to library resources such as databases, ebooks, articles or online video

How to Add Library Chat Box to Moodle


  1. Turn on editing in your course
  2. Click on Add a block (bottom left corner)
  3. From the drop down menu select HTML as the type of box
  4. Click on the gears image to edit the new block
  5. In the block title box, type in Ask A Librarian
  6. Click on Configure Ask A Librarian block
  7. Click on the More buttons icon, in the Block settings Content area.
  8. Click on the HTML icon <> 
  9. Copy the code below and Paste it into the HTML Source Editor box
  10. Click on Save Changes

When chat is not available a message should show requesting your students email the library instead.

Chat box code:

<!-- Place this div in your web page where you want your chat widget to appear. -->
<div class="needs-js">JavaScript disabled or chat unavailable.</div>

<!-- Place this script as near to the end of your BODY as possible. -->
<script type="text/javascript">
  (function() {
    var x = document.createElement("script"); x.type = "text/javascript"; x.async = true;
    x.src = (document.location.protocol === "https:" ? "https://" : "http://") + "ca.libraryh3lp.com/js/libraryh3lp.js?207";
    var y = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; y.parentNode.insertBefore(x, y);
  })();
</script>

Research Guides & Tutorials

How to Add Research Guides to Moodle


Instructors are able to use the Research Guides Moodle External Tool, to manually add:

  • whole guide
  • individual guide pages
  • content boxes
  • tutorial videos: Add the specific content box from the Library Tutorials guide

Contact the Liaison Librarian for your program (listed below) if you have questions regarding this tool or if you need help in selecting Research Guides content for your course.

NOTE: If you have backed up and restored your Moodle course and discover that the External Tool is opening to a blank page, you may have to reset the tool. See the instructions below.

Research Guides Automagic

How to Add the Research Guides Automagic tool to Moodle


Instructors are able to use Research Guides Automagic, to automatically add relevant subject guides to their course. Librarians have compiled all the guides you need with one tool!

  1. Login to your Moodle course and turn on editing
  2. On the course section that you want the library Research Guides Automagic tool to appear, select the "Add an activity or resource"
  3. From the Activities menu select "External Tool".
  4. Type in what you want to call the resource in the "Activity Name" box.
  5. Choose "Research Guides Automagic" from the "Preconfigured tool" drop down menu.
  6. Click on the "Save and return to course" button at the bottom of the window.
  7. The librarian selected guides and databases will appear when the external tool is selected by students.
  8. Contact your Liaison Librarian if you wish to have additional guides added to your Research Guides Automagic tool.

example of Automagic tool:

example of automagic external tool in moodle

Library Resources Block

How to Add the Library Resources Block to Moodle


Default library block

The Default Library Block provides you and your students with access to:

  • library catalogue search box
  • library website
    • library hours
    • research guides
  • library help chat box
customized library block

The Customized Library Block provides you and your students with access to:

  • default settings +
    • Individual Research Guides
    • Tutorial and Coaching Services link
    • Databases
    • Ebooks
    • Streaming videos
  1. Login to your Moodle course and "Turn editing on".
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the left hand column and select "Add a block"
  3. On the Block menu select "Library Resources Block"
  4. The new Library Resources Block will appear in the right hand column.
  5. You can leave it as the default block or you can click on the "gear icon" to edit the block.
  6. Choose "Configure NorQuest Library Block" to add custom content from the Library.
  7. Choose what elements you wish to display in the block by checking the box.
  8. To add custom content, check off the "Show course resources"
  9. Add any links you wish to appear in the HTML dialog box. i.e. Tutorial and Academic Coaching or APA research guide
  10. Click on "Save changes" to complete configuration.

How to Add the Library Block to Moodle Video