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John M. Kelly Library

Using Blackboard

One-on-One Help Using the Blackboard Portal

Since Blackboard can be difficult to use, we offer one-on-one help. Please contact Richard Carter (416-926-1300, ex. 3444) to:

  • get an introduction to Blackboard.
  • fix problems you are encountering.
  • discuss ways of making the site more useful for your students and convenient for you.

If Richard cannot answer your question, he will find out and get back to you. You can also get key Blackboard information online from the U of T Portal Information page.

Library Resources Pages for your Blackboard course sites

One difficulty students face is not knowing which sources to use--or where to find them. To solve this problem, the Kelly Library is working to customize a library resources page for every course at St. Michael's. With our work, and your expertise, we can select the resources most appropriate for an individual course.

Beginning in September 2008, each Blackboard course site will include a link in the left-hand menu to this resources page. Although the page chiefly promotes the increasing number of scholarly e-resources at U of T, it also helps students find relevant print titles. The page contains:
  • a catalogue search box.
  • selected article databases (e.g. MLA International Bibliography).
  • online encyclopaedias and dictionaries (e.g. New Catholic Encyclopaedia).
  • Top Resources (intended for free web sources).
  • Research Guides.

Try these sample pages from Sarah O'Connor's course SMC354: Celtic Cinema:

Please contact Richard Carter (416-926-1300, ex. 3444) if you would like resources added to or removed from any of your library resources pages.

Online Links in Your Course Reading List

We will add permanent, copyright-compliant links to reading lists on your Blackboard course sites. These links will enable students to access readings quickly and efficiently by directing them to:

  • full-text versions for online sources.
  • catalogue records for print titles.

Try downloading a sample.

For more information please contact Richard Carter (416-926-1300, ex. 3444).