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This page lists a variety of library services for faculty, such as instruction requests, purchase requests, and individual consultations.

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


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 Cameron.


  1. First, request access to the Talon course “Library Tutorials” by sending an email to librarian Kate Cameron.
  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.

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 Cameron for assistance.

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.

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 Campus Library.
    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.

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 Cameron 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:

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style="border: 1px solid #bbb; border-radius: 4px;
" src="//


screen shot of library resources widget

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style="border: 1px solid #bbb; border-radius: 4px;"

Library Databases for Nursing-related Topics

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