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Make it easier for your students to find and use scholarly library resources by adding links to those resources on your Blackboard page.


Make it easier for your students to find and use scholarly library resources by adding links to those resources on your Blackboard page. Reduce your fears about copyright issues by using Library owned materials. Remember, you can always contact a librarian at your campus for help with any of this!

There are two ways to include library items in your course each of which are possible by following the steps below:

  1. Create a "Library Resources" content area following the steps below (on the left)
  2. Embed links to individual articles, books, services etc. into existing parts of your course (on the right)

Once you have determined the location, you will need to get the link to the library resources you wish to add. Please use the navigation tabs above to get instructions on how to do this.

Create a "Library Resources" Content Area

Blackboard navigation menu with add menu item tool expanded

1. Create a "Library Resources" Button

  • Open your Blackboard Course
  • Hover over the "plus (+)" symbol on the left menu.
  • Then click the "Content Area" menu item.






Add Content Area tool with Library Resources typed in Name field2. Add Content Area

  • In the "Add Content Area" box, name your area "Library Resources." 
  • Check the "Available to Users" box to make the area usable by students. 
  • Click the "Submit" button when finished.




Click and Drag to Reorder Navigation Menu Items

3. Placement of New Area

  • The newly created area, "Library Resources,"  will default to the bottom of the menu. 
  • If you would like to change its placement, click and hold the vertical arrow symbol to the left of the menu item, then drag the item to the desired location.









Build Content menu expanded with Web Link button highlighted

4. Add Links to the Library Resources 

  • Click and open the item in the
    rightmost pane.
  • Hover over the "Build Content" button.
  • Then click the "URL" menu item.






Dialogue box open to create and name a web link with URL 5. Add URLs

  • Enter the name and URL of your desired link. 
  • Scroll down to select other options, such
    as date/time restrictions and click 
    tracking, if desired. 
  • When you are done, click the "Submit" button.



Sample list of external links in the Library Resources Content Area6. Repeat to add more external links to your Library Resources area






Embed Links into Existing Course Context/Text

Course Navigation Menu with Supplemental Reading List Content Area circled1. Open your Blackboard

  • Click the content area you want to edit - in this case, "Supplemental Reading List."


















Edit Content Menu expanded2. Edit content

  • Click the arrow icon next to the content header.
  • Click the "Edit" button.








Edit web link and description dialogue box3. Open Hyperlink Menu

  • In the editing box, highlight the text to be linked.
  • Click the "Hyperlink" button.  A popup menu should appear.  (If not, disable the popup blocker on your browser.)



Dialogue box used to add links to text in a content area or description4. Add Links to your Text

  • In the popup menu, type the link to your desired content in the URL box.
  • Click the "Open Link in New Window" box if so desired.
  • Click the "Submit" button.


5. Content Linked

  • Your content should be linked to the selected text.