Course Readings in bCourses: Add "Reserves" to bCourses

This guide is for instructors who would like to add library resources to their bCourses sites.

Finding and adding resources to bCourses

The Library recommends linking to public domain, library-licensed, or open-access online content rather than uploading copyrighted materials to your course site when possible*.

To find and add a library-licensed online reading to bCourses:

  1. Locate the library resource online 
  2. Copy the permanent link for the resource 
  3. Add the permanent link to your bCourses class

* If you have a reading available on your own computer, if it is in an accessible format, and if it meets fair use standards, you can upload the file to bCourses.

Locate library resources online

The Library subscribes to many different databases and catalogs for online resources. Below are some basic tips for looking up materials, but don't hesitate to contact a librarian for help. 

How to find:

  • Articles
    Use the Citation Linker to locate known articles in the library’s article databases.
  • Books & eBooks
    Search for book titles in OskiCat, using the available online option to limit your results to online resources.
  • Journals
    Use UC-eLinks to search for online journals by title.
  • Streaming audio and video
    Search for audio and video via these special subscription databases.

Copy the permanent link

Once you find an online library resource, you need to copy the URL.

  • Unfortunately, copying and pasting links directly from the URL toolbar for some library databases will not work.
  • To add a functioning link to bCourses, look for buttons or links such as Permalink, Stable URL, or Durable URL, and copy those URLs for use in bCourses. 
  • Always try to open the resource URL in a new browser window/tab before adding it to your bCourses site.

Some example buttons/links to look out for:

  • EBSCOHost
  • ProQuest
    You can usually copy the URL from the browser's URL toolbar for ProQuest databases.
    Others include a Durable URL field:

Add links to bCourses

To add a link to bCourses:


The Library is available to help instructors and program coordinators consider fair use issues and to provide readings and other resources for online courses. 

bCourses Support is available via Educational Technology Services.