Ebooks: How to link to an ebook, link to a chapter, or download a chapter and embed into Canvas

Ebooks: How to link to an ebook, link to a chapter, or download a chapter and embed into Canvas


This second video in the ebook video
series discusses the following: how to link to ebooks, how to link to specific
chapters, how to download chapters, and how to embed a chapter in Canvas. Let’s
start with in Ebook Central and jump straight into a book. If you need to
review how to find ebooks, watch the first video on ebooks in this series: How
to find and best read e-books. Let’s talk first about how to link to ebooks. We’re
looking at an ebook called Understanding Existentialism by Jack
Reynolds. To link to this entire ebook use the Share Link to Book option. This
link is authenticated so that only faculty and students at TCC can access
the content. Copy and paste this link to share. Do not copy and paste the link in
the website URL. This would be a dead end for anyone with whom you share the link.
Now, how do you link to a specific chapter? To link to a specific chapter
navigate to the desired chapter. In the top menu click on the link icon. Copy and
paste this link to share. Now, how do you download a chapter? We’re back on the
home page for this book. Notice near the top of the page the number of pages that
you are permitted to download or print. This number refers to Ebook Central’s
Terms of Use and its agreement with publishers. Each book allows a certain
amount to be downloaded or printed. For this book it looks like I have 51 pages
that I can print or download. Now, if we take a look at the table of contents,
you’ll notice that the number of pages in each chapter is listed below the
chapter title. Let’s download chapter 1, Existentialism and Its Heritage. You may
encounter a pop-up box to sign in. However, this is not required, and you can
continue as a guest. Once I download the chapter as a PDF, I can save it and then
upload it later to Canvas so that I can embed it on a page. OK, so now we’ve
successfully downloaded the chapter and now we’re ready to embed that chapter
onto a Canvas page. While you can provide a link to students in Canvas, a lot of
times it’s better to fully embed a chapter within the Canvas page so that
students have easy access to the content. So, I’m already in Canvas and I’m already
on a page where I’d like to embed the chapter. I’ve also already uploaded the
pdf chapter as a file to Canvas and inserted it on the page where I’d like
it to show up. Once I’ve done that I’ll highlight this link, hit the link icon in
the editing toolbar, and select the option Auto-open the inline preview for
this link. Update the link, save, and the chapter PDF is now embedded in Canvas.
You’re not quite finished yet, though. Don’t forget to add your citation for
the book. You can do this by going back to Ebook Central, going to the chapter
you downloaded, and selecting the icon with quotation marks in the upper
toolbar. Select the desired citation style, copy, and paste into Canvas. Feel free to adjust the font size to
accommodate the look and feel of the page. Save.
Now you’re finished! If you have further questions about how
to access and use ebooks, please let us know. Thanks for listening!

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