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Using Shapiro Library Content in the LMS

This guide is for SNHU instructional designers, course developers, deans, faculty and staff that want to use library resources in the LMS and to ensure best practices are followed.

Linking Considerations & Directions

Using Shapiro Library content in the LMS is a great way to get high quality resources at no cost to students into their learning experiences. There are a few important considerations to keep in mind about linking using our resources. As always, reach out to the eLearning Team at for any questions or concerns! 

Resources need to be linked

Due to our contracts and tenants of fair use/copyright, all library resources need to be placed into the LMS through a permanent link. Resources like PDFs cannot be downloaded and placed in the LMS or Learning Object Repository. As the University investigates a different LOR product, the library will be working to understand the possibilities this may provide.

In order for any SNHU folks to access library resources off campus, our authentication protocol EZproxy also needs to be included in the permanent link. We have a tool that we call the EZproxy generator which allows links to be pasted and it will create the URL with the EZproxy information built in. There are a few exceptions to this for specific databases/vendors and these will be called out on the directions page.  As we have over 300 databases from different vendors, the directions page becomes an important way to ensure our users will be able to access the materials we put in the LMS. Some databases/vendors have a permanent link feature built right into the database, where you can pull the link directly from that tool. Not all databases have this, but the directions will help you determine how to make sure links are appropriate.

Where to link?

As you become more familiar with using the library's databases and resources, you will notice that we have a lot of pages and view options. Not to worry. We have put together The Librarian's Cheat Tool which is a short four question decision tree that will help recommend what page(s) to use when linking. We also have directions on how to create clips or playlists of videos in case you want to make use of these tools for inclusion of our video resources in the LMS.