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Subject Guides are "research starters" tailored to each subject area/discipline, that provide access to key library resources (e.g., subscription databases) as well as recommended print materials and websites.
Feel free to link directly to Subject Guides on handouts, course packs, and Blackboard sites. The link to each subject guide can be copied right from the browser, e.g., https://rdc.libguides.com/biology.
This Collection Development Guiding Document helps ensure that the Library's collection remains relevant to the changing needs of students and faculty, in accordance with the Library's mission and the guiding principles of the College.
Send suggestions for additions to our collection to your School Librarian.
Most publishers do not allow uploading of eResources into Blackboard. Instead, you can use permalinks (permanent or persistent links) from the Library's licensed databases for articles, e-books, and streaming videos.
1. Saves space in Blackboard’s servers.
2. Gives us statistics on database usage.
3. Introduces students to what databases look like and do (via a “database-view” of the article).
Off-campus, users will need either the VMWare Virtual Desktop or their 13-digit Library Barcode Number and PIN to access articles.
Use the Permanent URL
Note: In most eResources, the URL in a web browser's address bar is not a permanent link. The permanent link is usually included in the detailed database record for an item.
Ensure Off-campus Access
Select "Open in New Window" Option
Include Citation Information
Ask for Help
Persistent Link for Articles from EBSCO Databases:
Persistent Link for JSTOR Articles:
Persistent Link for Articles from Gale Databases:
Persistent Link for Project Muse Articles:
Persistent Link for Articles from Science Direct:
Persistent Link for Articles from ProQuest databases:
Persistent Link to Artstor Digital Library videos:
Persistent Link to Criterion-on-Demand videos:
Persistent Link to Curio videos:
Persistent Link to Films on Demand videos:
Persistent Link to Kanopy videos:
Persistent Link to an e-book from ProQuest Ebook Central:
Persistent Link to an e-book from EBSCO Databases:
Within any Content Area, Learning Module, or Folder select Build Content > Web Link.
Name your link and paste the persistent URL into the URL box.
Ensure the link will work off-campus by prepending it with the following URL if it is not already included: http://ezproxy.ardc.talonline.ca/login?url=
Step 2: Add Description
Step 3: Ignore Attachments
Click Submit to add your link.
Switch to Student View and test your link.
As per RDC's Copyright Materials Acceptable Use Policy, all course resources should be copyright compliant or used under the fair dealing exemption of the Copyright Act. Our Copyright Guide can assist you with:
The Library has created tutorials for APA, MLA, and Chicago.
These tutorials can:
The citation tutorials have recently been transitioned to a new online format. The older Blackboard tutorial modules can be uploaded using these instructions but please note the Blackboard tutorial modules will no longer be updated.
Unless otherwise noted, these tutorials are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
The library has created an Introduction to Academic Integrity tutorial to introduce students to the concepts of academic integrity, academic misconduct, plagiarism, and citation. Please contact your School Librarian if you would like to use this tutorial in conjunction with a Blackboard quiz.
RDC has the following policy and guidebook regarding academic integrity:
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OERs can be textbooks, full courses, lesson plans, videos, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge. —SPARC Open Education Fact Sheet (pdf)
Visit our OER Guide to:
Reserves (short-term loan items) are located at the Library Desk in the Library Information Common on the main campus, and at the Learning Commons Information Desk at the Donald School of Business.
How do I put materials on Reserve?
Fill out our Reserves Form.
What kind of material can be placed on Reserve?
For many students, textbook costs can be a barrier. In order to provide another means of access, the Library is partnering with the Campus Store to build a Textbook Collection using Library funds.
This project started in Fall 2018, and we have acquired a number of textbooks for our Reserves collection. Our focus has been on purchasing costly titles (around $100 or more) that support introductory/first year courses or classes with multiple sections. The majority of these texts are available to checkout from the Reserves collection at the main Library desk for two hours at a time. Textbooks pertaining to business are located at the DSB. Note that textbooks that come with a single-user online access component will only be available without that access.
Students can search the catalogue for a particular textbook or come and browse the collection.
Select textbooks are available for the following classes:
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Red Deer College recognizes that our campus is situated on Treaty 7 land, the traditional territory of the Blackfoot, Tsuu T’ina and Stoney Nakoda peoples, and that the central Alberta region we serve falls under Treaty 6, traditional Métis, Cree and Saulteaux territory. We honour the First Peoples who have lived here since time immemorial, and we give thanks for the land where RDC sits. This is where we will strive to honour and transform our relationships with one another.
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