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Linking to Database Content in Moodle: ACS Web Editions

Guide to linking to articles, audio, & video in Moodle using persistent links.

ACS Web Editions

Staley Library subscribes to the American Chemical Society basic academic package:

Persistent Links in ACS Web Editions

1) In ACS Web Editions, search/locate the item you wish to link to and click on the title.

ACS search results

2)  On the next page, copy the URL in the browser box (highlight, then ctrl + c, or right click + "copy").

ACS article URL

3)  In another tab, sign in to myMillikin and open your Moodle course.  Click "turn editing on."

4)  In the desired week/section of your Moodle course, click the option to "Add activity or resource."

Moodle- Add Activity or Resource

Next, choose "URL" from the list of options.

Moodle Add URL Option

5)  On the next screen, type in the information for the article in the "name" and "description" blanks (you may wish to copy and paste the citation from the database).

  • For example:

    Separation of Food Colorings via Liquid–Liquid Extraction: An At-Home Organic Chemistry Lab. Brandon J. Orzolek and Marisa C. Kozlowski. Journal of Chemical Education 2021 98 (3), 951-957. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.0c01286

6)  To get the best link for the Moodle box labeled "external URL,"

  • First, open a new browser tab to this website:
  • Second, paste the specific article's URL, as copied from the browser bar in step 2) into the box labeled "enter your links." (if Millikin University isn't already selected in the organisation box, search for and select it.)

Enter your links

  • Look for the newly generated "OpenAthens" link and click the "Copy" button next to it:

ACS Athenized link

You must add the OpenAthens link to Moodle if you want students from off-campus to access the article.

7)  Click "save and return to course." Test the link to make sure it works.

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