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Affordable Learning Options at Muskingum: Library Materials for Class Use

Information and guidelines on how to save you students money on course materials such as textbooks and equipment.

Why use library resources?

OhioLINK digital content numbers
  1. It's free for your students - they're already paying for access!
  2. Electronic articles and books offer current sources. 
  3. Many students don't read a scholarly article until they are in 300 level classes. Using them as a part of the course reading helps to introduce them to scholarly writing before they need to understand it for a research project.
  4. Using articles and e-books helps familiarize students with the platforms they will need to use to do library research. 

How do library materials fit into your class?

Getting started can be the hardest part. Some tips:

  • Consider your syllabus. Is there a purchased text that would lend itself to replacement by an article or a collection of articles and book chapters? 
  • Get to know your resources. All departments and most majors have a subject guide that lists the best resources for that subject. You can also browse the A-Z database list and limit it by subject and by type of database (IE, full text, primary source, etc). 
  • Make an appointment with a librarian. We will help you identify materials that might work for your class and work through any hurdles you might encounter. 



Finding Known Items

If you already know that there is a book or article you would like to use in your class, you can easily check to see whether we have access to it. Please note that while Muskingum library books can be put on reserve, OhioLINK books cannot. 

Finding Journals by Title

  1. Search for the Journal Title. Results will indicate all holdings of the journal, along with the dates held. Note that dates held may vary according to source. 
  2. Choose a source that holds the date of the article you are searching for. 
  3. Either browse for the date, volume, and issue of your article, or look for a link that says 'search within this publication' or 'search in this journal'. Search by article title.
    TIP: If you have too many results, try adding an author's last name. If you don't get results, try taking out any punctuation. 

EBSCO databases

Search Within This Journal (EJC)

Electronic Journal Center

Search within this publication (EBSCO)


Search JSTOR in this journal

Search for Journal Title


Adding Links to Blackboard

To add the link to a book or article to your Blackboard, you will need the permalink, sometimes also called a permanent link or a bookmark. Using the URL located in your browser bar will return an error. 

Muskingum Catalog

Permalink in the Muskingum Catalog

Electronic Journal Center

Permalink in the EJC

EBSCO databases

Permalink in EBSCO