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"Mother" LibGuide

A master LibGuide containing links for almost all other libguide content.

Linking to Ebooks

You can link an ebook in EBSCOhost directly into your website, Powerpoint presentation, email, or Talon.

Linking to an entire book:

  • Click on the "Permalink" link along the right side of the book's detailed record screen then copy and paste the URL.


Linking to a chapter or a page of an ebook:

  • Go to the first page of the chapter or section you want to link to.

  • Click the Permalink button along the right side of the page (the icon of chain links)

  • Copy and paste the URL to share.

Linking to Articles in Library Databases

Directions for linking to Library resources within Talon

To place a direct link to a database article, ebook, chapter, or video into Talon (or any other website, PowerPoint, etc.), you must use the persistent URL or "permalink" to that article, which each database will provide you with. This permalink can then be copy and pasted just like any other link. Do not copy and paste from the browser's address box. If you have any trouble finding the permalink for an article, see the examples below for several of our most used databases, or contact the Library for help.

  1. In your Talon course content, select the "Upload/Create" button, then "Create a Link".

  2. Find the persistent URL for the resource you want to link to (see directions for specific databases below).

  3. Copy and paste.

  4. Test your link!

1. Find the persistent URL

To point your students directly to an article, e-book or e-book chapter, or video in a database, always look for the persistent URL or "permalink" provided by the database. Do not copy and paste from your browser's address box (with exceptions noted below). Listed below are directions of linking articles from major databases.

EBSCOhost databases (Academic Search Elite, PsycArticles, etc.):

On the page for the full article, look for “Permalink” on the right of your screen. Copy and paste the URL that appears in the pop-up widow.

Newsstand (ProQuest):

Click "Details" below the article title, then look for "Document URL" at the bottom of your screen. Copy and paste the URL that appears there.

Literary Sources & Literature Resource Center:

Click the "Bookmark" icon near the top of the page, and copy the URL as it is given in the pop-up window.

screen shot of bookmark popup

Gale databases (Academic OneFile, Opposing Viewpoints, & Gale eBooks):

Click on the "Get Link" icon at the top right corner of the screen, then copy and paste the URL that appears there. No off-campus prefix needed. 

CQ Researcher:
  1. Click the article title and look for “Document URL” at the bottom of your screen.

  2. Copy and paste this URL into your Talon page,

  3. Then copy and paste the off-campus prefix ( right before it. Make sure there are no spaces between the URL strings.

  1. On the page for the article or book you want to link to, look on the left side of the page for a URL that begins:

  2. Copy and paste this link,

  3. Then copy and paste the off-campus prefix ( in front of it. See the example to the right.

The yellow is the off-campus prefix, the blue is the URL from the browser window.

Project MUSE eBooks or Symptom Media Films:
  1. From the page for the book or video, or once you've clicked on the specific book chapter you want to link to, copy the URL in the browser address window,

  2. Paste it where you want the link to appear in your Talon course content.

  3. Then copy and paste the off-campus prefix ( right in front of it. Make sure there are no spaces between the two URL strings. See the example to the right.

The yellow is the off-campus prefix, the blue is the URL from the browser window.

Kanopy Streaming Video:

To link:

  • Click the "Share" button below the video play screen.
  • Copy and paste the Share Link URL that shows up just below. This link works as-is, no need to add the off-campus prefix.

To embed in Talon:

  • On Kanopy, click the "Share" button, then locate the embed code. Highlight and copy this code.
  • In Talon, click "Upload/Create", then "Create a File". Enter a title.
  • Click the "Insert Stuff" icon (the one that looks like a little play button)
  • Click "Enter Embed Code", then paste in the code you copied from Kanopy.
  • Click "next", "insert", then Save & Close. 

Films on Demand: 

Click on the "Share" function just below the video, then click "Embed/Link". Copy and paste the URL or embed code to add to your Talon Course Content the way you add any link.

films on demand share button

DSM-5 Manual and Psychiatry Online journals:
  1. From the page for the book or article you want to link to, copy the URL in the browser address window, 

  2. Paste it where you want the link to appear in your Talon course content. 

  3. Then copy and paste the off-campus prefix ( right in front of it. Make sure there are no spaces between the two URL strings. See the example to the right.

The yellow is the off-campus prefix, the blue is the URL from the browser window.


2. Check for the Off-Campus Access Prefix ( )

Many databases, such as EBSCOhost and ProQuest, automatically add the proxy prefix ( ) in their persistent URLs.  If you do not see the proxy information, you need to manually add it. See the example below.

  • Article Citation:Boeckler, Annette M. "Miriam's cup: the story of a new ritual." European Judaism, vol. 45, no. 2, 2012, p. 147+. Literature Resource Center, Accessed 14 Aug. 2019.

  • URL from the citation:

  • Complete URL with off-campus prefix added:

3. Copy and paste the URL into Talon

Create a new item in Talon using the "Upload/Create", "Create a Link" function. Links created as "Quick Links" or inserted as text within a file, can sometimes break.

4. Always test your link before making it available to students

If you have any problems with links, contact Kate Schellberg for assistance.

Using LOR (Learning Object Repository) in Talon for Library content

Library Services has created content pulled from our online help guides (LibGuides) for faculty use in their Talon courses, through the Talon LOR (Learning Object Repository). If you have any questions about this process, need any help, or have suggestions for additional Library content for the Talon LOR, please contact Kate Schellberg or Ryan Strempke-Durgin at the Library.


  1. From your Talon course, create or go to the module where you want to place the Library help guide.

  2. Click the “Upload / Create” button, and select “Add Object from LOR”

  3. In the search box type in “Library” to see all available learning objects created by the Library, or search for the topic you want (e.g. MLA or APA).

  4. You may click on the title of an object to preview it, or you can select it by clicking on the circle. Then click “Next”.

  5. Talon then gives you 3 options for how to use the content. We recommend the “Dynamic Link to Newest Version”. This means that if the Library needs to update any content in the object, yours will also be automatically updated. You may alternatively choose to “Copy as Content,” which allows you to make changes to the content to fit the needs of your students.
  6. Click “Next.”
  7. Click “Create Topic.” The learning object should now be showing in your course.

Embed Codes for Course Content Widgets

This method of embedding widgets into your Talon courses has you copy and paste the embed code for the widgets you want to use into a module or sub-module description.

1. On Talon, create a module or sub-module where you want a widget to show up. In order for the widget to show up on the Course Content page (and not require students to follow a link to see it) only one widget per module or sub-module may be embedded. 

2. In the Course Content table of contents along the left side of the screen, click on the name of the module or sub-module you just created, then click below the title of the module, on "Add a description..." Now click on the "Insert stuff" button that looks like this: 

and click on "Enter Embed Code."

3. Now come back to this Faculty Servcies LibGuide page, and select, then copy, the embed code for the widget you want to embed. The sample images below show what the widget will look like, and the embed code is what you copy and paste.

4. Now go back to your Talon page and paste into the "Enter Embed Code" box. Click "Next," then "Insert," then "Update." 

Available Widgets

Please note: You can create a widget from any box or page of content anywhere within the Library's LibGuides pages. Just email Kate Schellberg or Ryan Strempke-Durgin in the Library and let us know what box you want embedded in your Talon, and we'll send you the embed code. 

Small preview:

Embed code:

<iframe width="100%" height="300" scrolling="yes"
style="border: 1px solid #bbb; border-radius: 4px;
" src="//


screen shot of library resources widget

height="500" scrolling="yes"
style="border: 1px solid #bbb; border-radius: 4px;"

Library Databases for Nursing-related Topics

springshare_widget_config_1503346274435 = { path: 'assets' };
<div id="s-lg-widget-1503346274435"></div>
<script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)

Custom Homepage Widgets in Talon

To embed homepage widgets in your course, you must use the “Custom Home Page” option in Talon, which gives you access to many widgets, only a few of which are related to Library resources:

  1. If you don't already use the Custom Home Page option for your course(s), follow the directions in the Talon Instructor Training course in Talon, Module 3: Course Homepage and Widgets, and see both “Customizing your Homepage” and “System and Custom Widgets.” You must repeat this process for each course where you want to use homepage widgets.
  2. As of this writing, there are 5 widgets for Library resources:
    1. “Library Contact,” which adds an “Ask a Librarian” live chat box, along with contact phone numbers and emails for Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Campus Libraries.
    2.  “Library Search,” which adds the WorldCat search box, just as it appears on the Library Homepage.
    3. Two different versions of links to Library subscription databases: “A to Z List” (alphabetical list of all databases) and “Library Databases” (a link to the list of all databases plus direct links to the 7 most popular databases).
    4. “Library Guides,” a box with links to our most used LibGuides pages, as well as a link to the LibGuides search page.

Library Plagiarism Tutorial in Talon

Library Services has created a Talon-based tutorial for faculty to use in your own courses. It is a tutorial on plagiarism, that includes interactive videos, text-based instruction, and short quizzes to check understanding. If you have any questions about this tutorial, or need any help copying it into your own Talon courses, please contact librarian Kate Schellberg.


  1. First, request access to the Talon course “Library Tutorials” by sending an email to librarian Kate Schellberg.
  2. Once you have access, the Library Tutorials course will show up in your list of Talon courses, and you may preview the plagiarism tutorial content. To copy content in your own course, continue with the following steps:
  3. From your own course where you want to assign a Library Tutorial module, go to “Course Admin.”
  4. Click on “Import/Export/Copy Components.”
  5. Select “copy components from another course/org unit” and click “search for offering.”
  6. Search for “library tutorials”, then select course and click “add selected.”
  7. Click the button “Select Components.”
    On this page you’ll select:
    • “Content” and “Select individual items to copy”
    • External Learning Tools
    • Question Library
    • Quizzes
    • Surveys

Then “Continue."

  1. Select “Plagiarism”, then “continue.”
  2. Click “Finish.”

Please note: Because you have made a copy of the content and put it in your course, you are now free to edit or delete any portions of each tutorial, customizing to the needs of your students. Also, we may occasionally make updates to the tutorial, and will email you a notification in that case.

Options for bringing Library content into Talon

There are several different types of content that can be linked to or embedded into Talon, each with its own method. Check the table below to find the type of content you want to embed, then follow the link to the corresponding directions for how to do it. **Please note, if you have content you would like to embed but don't see here, please contact us!

Content to embed or link to Method to follow
"Ask a Librarian" widget

Custom homepage OR

Embed code

Library Search (WorldCat Discovery search) Custom homepage
Library Guides (Links to the 3 most used LibGuides, plus a link to a list of all guides Custom homepage
Find Library Resources (widget with most common Library pages and resources, like a mini Library homepage embedded in your course content page) Embed code
Library Resources for ___________ (A list of the best Library databases for the subject of your choice) Embed code
Plagiarism Tutorial Copy components in Talon
Link to a single article, ebook, ebook chapter, or streaming video (Find out more about Library video here.) Create a link
Your choice of specific pages and databases to share Create a module in Talon


Videos & Films for Classroom or Talon Use

To search for available videos & films:

  • Search for DVDs and streaming video in the Library Catalog (WorldCat). Enter a specific title or a subject in the WorldCat search, then use the "video" limit to view available DVDs and streaming videos.
  • Search directly in Films on Demand or Kanopy databases for streaming video only.
  • Most Library DVDs are in Kirkwood's VOD (Video on Demand) system, which means they can be added to your Talon course as a streaming video that students can watch at any time through your course content. To embed in your Talon course, contact Scott Stiffler at Kirkwood's Technology Services for the URL. It can then be added like any link to your Talon course content.
  • To request that the Library purchase a video we don't currently own, please fill out our online request form

To add a video from Films on Demand or Kanopy into Talon:

  • Locate the video you want to insert into Talon by searching the  Library Catalog (WorldCat) or by searching Films on Demand or Kanopy directly.
  • For Films on Demand: Click on the "Share" function just below the video, then click "Embed/Link". Copy and paste the URL or embed code to add to your Talon Course Content the way you add any link.
  • For Kanopy: Copy the link to the video by using the "Share" button. Paste it into the URL in your Talon Course Content where you want it to appear.


Iowa City AV

Note: Cedar Rapids Campus faculty should call 319-398-5521 for AV questions. The information below is only applicable to Iowa City campus.

What's here: All Kirkwood classrooms on the Iowa City Campus are equipped with instructor’s tables with PCs and a ceiling-mounted projection system for instructor computer, personal laptop, and video presenter projection. All classrooms have powered speakers, DVD drives in the PC, and video presenters (aka document camera or ELMO).  Some classrooms have a Sympodium.

Most instructors’ tables include a printed set of instructions attached to one side of the table in a clear plastic sleeve. These instructions include the basics for successful operation of the equipment. The library conducts special training sessions for new faculty, and we are happy to orient individual instructors to equipment in their classrooms by appointment. Contact the library service desk at 887-3613 or stop by room 107.

What to do in case of problems: During daytime hours, call the main college help desk at ext. 1264 if you experience problems with any of the equipment in your classroom.  They will start a ticket and dispatch a technician on campus.  After 6pm, contact the library checkout desk. Call ext. 3613 for immediate assistance. There is a phone in every classroom.

To request special equipment: Contact the library at least 48 hours in advance to request special equipment for your classroom or for your professional use. The following are all available through the library:

  • Laptop cart with 20 laptops and printer
  • Slide projector
  • CD player boom box
  • Public address system
  • Digital voice recorder
  • Digital camera
  • Laptop computer
  • Portable computer speaker
  • Portable DVP (projector)
  • Tripod screen 

Course Reserves

The Libraries provide course reserves service to faculty. Please fill out the form below to place items on reserve for your students, typically for in-library use and a 4-hour time limit.

Contact us for questions and comments:

              Cedar Rapids Campus Library                                                                
              Phone: 319-887-5696                                           

              Email: or
              Iowa City Campus Library 

              Phone: 319-398-3613 

Faculty Research Consultation

Faculty, remember that librarian research help is not just for students. Contact the reference desk with your research needs: 

Cedar Rapids Campus Library
       Phone: 319-398-5697
       Toll-free 866-452-8504

Iowa City Campus Library

Placing holds & Campus mail delivery

The Library has a wealth of information resources available to our users through our Library Search (WorldCat Discover) and information databases.

You can also search for books and DVDs held by both campus Libraries, and have those items delivered to your campus mail box. 

The "Place Hold" function in the Library Search will place a hold on items that are already checked out, or will request delivery from Kirkwood libraries to any Kirkwood campus or center. See detailed instructions below.

In addition, the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service delivers books from libraries around the country to the Kirkwood library for student or employee checkout. See links and directions below.

Purchase Request

If the Library doesn't already own or subscribe to the materials you or your students need, please fill out a Purchase Request form, or request the materials through Interlibrary Loan

Purchase Request Form

LibGuides: Personalized Course Library Resources Page

The page you're looking at right now was created using software called "LibGuides". It features flexible layout, easy updating, and reusable components. The content can also be embedded directly into your Talon courses. If you'd like a page with resources especially for your students, contact a librarian and we'll collaborate with you on locating the best resources for your particular assignments and in designing a page that fits your students' needs.

Examples of some customized pages for Kirkwood classes:

Global Perspectives in Interior Design

Agricultural Science

The page we create for your class can feature:

  • Direct links to library resources such as the book catalog or any of the subscription databases
  • Direct links to other online resources you want to direct your students to
  • Pages or boxes from any of the library LibGuides pages, embedded directly into your page so your students know the resources are instructor-approved. For example, we could put a tab on your page called "MLA Style" that will include videos on MLA Citation as well as printable guides.
  • Links that won't "go bad." Because they link directly into the library's pages, if we update a link to a database, the link on your page will automatically update as well
  • Your LibGuides page can be embedded directly into many types of course sites, including Talon.

Contact a librarian for more details, or to get started on your own LibGuide. In Cedar Rapids contact Kate Schellberg (x5605); in Iowa City contact David Strass (x3619)

One on One Help: Reference Service

Kirkwood Library Services provides excellent and professional reference service to students, faculty, and staff in a number of different ways:

  • Stop by the Cedar Rapids or Iowa City Campus Libraries during our regular desk hours (until 9pm at the CR campus, until 8pm at the IC campus).
  • Make an appointment with a librarian for an extended consultation about your research project.
  • Use the "Ask a Librarian" chat function, available from the Library homepage, and from most of the LibGuides pages, for quick and timely help.

Instruction Request

Kirkwood librarians can support student learning in a number of different ways:

  • A presentation or activity for your class on a specific topic. To name just a few possible topics: citing sources; searching library databases; searching Google effectively; critical evaluation of information; or quick analysis to scan for misleading, false, or "fake news". We are happy to collaborate with faculty on creating an effective activity or assignment to help students gain specific research skills relevant to your course. Read about even more ideas in a recent blog post!
  • A set of online resources, activities, and/or tutorials designed and curated especially for your class needs.
  • One-on-one research consultations with you or your students, using our online reservation form.
  • Direct support in creating effective research assignments. Read more about this in a recent blog post

Please request library instruction by using the online form below, or by calling the Main Library or Iowa City Campus reference desk:

Welcome Faculty!

The Library offers so many resources and services to our faculty, we need several pages just to show you! Here is a preview of the kinds of information and services you will find described on these pages!

Library Catalog, Databases, and Book Collection

Information resources for research

Kirkwood Library Services has over 40,000 books, close to 200,000 eBooks, and thousands of academic magazines and journals available to students, faculty, and staff, both on and off campus. The library's homepage is the starting point for all information searches.

You may also request delivery of books and other physical materials with the Library search (WorldCat Discovery), located on the Library's homepage,

Information resources for faculty use

Library Services also subscribes to content especially for faculty use, with journal articles and eBooks focused on supporting educational planning, curriculum, online teaching, and many more topics especially relevant to educators.

Information Literacy

At the heart of the library's work and mission is the support of information literacy learning and teaching for our students and faculty. To learn more about information literacy, and for resources to support information literacy learning, see our Information Literacy guide, linked below:

Research Instruction Playlists

We have preselected collections of readings, guides and tutorials on a selection of research topics for easy inclusion in your Talon courses. Select from the topics below, or suggest a topic you'd like to see in an upcoming playlist.

Topic 1: Evaluating information and dealing with misinformation/disinformation


  • Journal article: “Countering Misinformation and Fake News Through Inoculation and Prebunking” by Stephan Lewandowky & Sander van der Linden, in European Review of Social Psychology (2021). Link:
  • Opinion article: “Should (Can) Fake News Be Regulated?” in Foundation for Economic Education (2019). Link:
  • News article: “How anti-Muslin content spreads on YouTube in India” on First Draft, Link:
  • Online article: “A guide to prebunking: a promising way to inoculate against misinformation” on First Draft. Link:


Videos & Tutorials: 

Follow the hyperlinked title of each to preview, or use the "URL for embedding" to embed in Talon as an LTI External Resource link. See Faculty Libguide for instructions on embedding an LTI link.

  • Tutorial: Evaluating Information  -- Simple tutorial introducing basic concepts around what to examine when evaluating a resource. Frames questions as Who, What, When, Why, How?
    URL for embedding in Talon:
  • Tutorial: Evaluating Digital Sources Using Lateral Reading  -- Provides step by step directions on the lateral reading method of quickly determining the likely reliability of a given article or website. Includes example and walks the student through evaluating their own sample site.
    URL for embedding in Talon:
  • Check, Please! Starter Course (no login required): Excellent free resource for teachers: “we show you how to fact and source-check in five easy lessons, taking about 30 minutes apiece. The entire curriculum is two and a half to three hours and is suitable homework for the first few weeks of a course if assigned with other discipline-focused homework”.
  • Go Viral! (no login required): This is a quick (5 minutes) fun game that teaches users misinformation tactics so that they can better spot them in real life social media posts, and know when they’re being manipulated.

Cedar Rapids Campus Library

Benton Hall

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA

Iowa City Campus Library

107 Credit Center Building

1816 Lower Muscatine Rd., Iowa City, IA