When a user clicks on this button, Blackboard checks the reading list system for available lists, by taking the Blackboard Site ID (e.g. SOW3007M-1314), stripping off the academic session suffix (-1314) and polling lists.library.lincoln.ac.uk to see if one or more reading lists is associated with the module/award code (SOW3007M).
The lists are then displayed in a table, with links out to the reading lists themselves – these links open in a new browser window, rather than within a Blackboard frame.
As well as these standard menu buttons, it’s possible to add direct links to reading lists or parts of reading lists, from within a Blackboard “Learning Materials” section or similar.
- Pretty much all internal URLs in the reading list system are stable – so if you find a URL which begins “http://lists.library.lincoln.ac.uk/…” you’re pretty safe to link to it from Bb.
- It’s better to set links to open in a new window. Reading list pages within a Blackboard frame don’t always display very nicely: it can also sometimes cause problems with authentication.
- See the Blackboard help guides page for instructions on adding links to Bb.
Here are 6 different things you can link to in a reading list:
- Directly to the whole reading list itself, bypassing the information page that you see when you click on a Bb menu button. Just go to the reading list (via the Blackboard menu or by searching lists.library.lincoln.ac.uk), and copy the URL from the address bar. This can then be pasted into Blackboard.
- A section of a reading list, where the list is divided into sections. This might be helpful with linking to week-by-week reading from different parts of the Bb site. To do this:
- Navigate to the reading list;
- Click on the “Table of contents” button;
- Right click on the menu section you want to link to and select “Copy link address” (Google Chrome) / “Copy Shortcut” (Internet Explorer);
- Paste this link into Blackboard. You should see it contains a “#section…” fragment.
- Example: http://lists.library.lincoln.ac.uk/lists/5DC8BD54-DBDF-A07E-6355-44E906B52881.html#section-045BDD3C-D585-AFEE-7F6B-788A2C103DB6
- An individual item on a reading list. Within the reading list, right-click on the link to the item and select “Copy link address” (Google Chrome) / “Copy Shortcut” (Internet Explorer) – or navigate to the item page and copy the URL from the address bar. Then paste the link into Bb. You will see that it’s made up of two parts: the URL of the item itself, and a referrer back to the whole reading list.
- For journal articles* where an “Online Resource” button exists, you can copy a direct link to the full text of the article. These links are a useful way of creating a stable URL to a full-text article which can be used outside of the reading list itself. *Don’t use this method to link to ebooks. Ebook links aren’t constructed in the same way as article links (which are OpenURLs) and are not as stable. Link to the item page (point 3) instead.
- Go to the reading list and find an article with an “Online Resource” button;
- Right-click on the “Online Resource” button and select “Copy link address” (Google Chrome) / “Copy Shortcut” (Internet Explorer);
- Paste the URL into Blackboard.
- Example: http://lists.library.lincoln.ac.uk/link?url=http%3A%2F%2Fopenurl.ac.uk%2Fukfed%3Alincoln.ac.uk%2Fctx%3Furl_ver%3DZ39.88-2004%26rft.jtitle%3DCognition%26rft.atitle%3DNaming%2Bin%2Byoung%2Bchildren%253A%2Ba%2Bdumb%2Battentional%2Bmechanism%253F%26rft_id%3Dinfo%253Adoi%252F10.1016%252F0010-0277%252896%252900709-3%26rft.volume%3D60%26rft.spage%3D143%26rft.issn%3D00100277%26rft.epage%3D171%26rft.issue%3D2%26rft.date%3D1996-8%26rft.aufirst%3DLinda%2BB.%26rft.aulast%3DSmith
- A downloadable “RIS” file of all items on the reading list which students can import into their RefWorks account. This will provide a much more accurate bibliography/citation style than the reading list software itself provides. To get this link, go to the reading list and click on “Export“, then right-click on “Export citations” and select “Copy link address” (Google Chrome) / “Copy Shortcut” (Internet Explorer). Paste the URL into Blackboard. Alternatively, just stick “.ris” on the end of an existing reading list URL instead of “.html”
- A downloadable PDF version of the reading list, better for printing off. Go to the reading list and click on “Export“, then right-click on “Export to PDF” and select “Copy link address” (Google Chrome) / “Copy Shortcut” (Internet Explorer). Paste the URL into Blackboard. Alternatively, just stick “.pdf” on the end of an existing reading list URL instead of “.html”
Has anyone got any other ideas of useful parts of a reading list that can be linked to from Blackboard?
I’ve deliberately left out the “View bibliography” option (which is still in beta) because we’re not happy with the citation style. Instead, use point 5 above, and refer your students to use RefWorks and the new referencing guide and app.