Google Sites and Drive Folders

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Although I love for students and teachers to improve their search and database skills, sometimes that is not the focus of a given lesson. For these cases, I’ve been experimenting with curating Kentucky Virtual Library and other web resources on our EDhub Hub (school library website).

There are so many great publications that have full-text PDFs of articles. EBSCOhost offers a button that allows saving these directly to Google Drive for MasterFILE and MAS ultra (the databases where many of these can be found.) Google Sites, which is what we use for our library site, allows easy embeds of entire Google Drive folders. The following directions will show you how to do that. If you use another website platform, you still may want to consider providing links to Drive folders on your site as a quick way to assemble a collection of resources.

Step 1: Do an awesome search in MAS Ultra or MasterFILE Premier. You will see the “add to Google Drive” button on the right. The first time you do this a pop-up will ask permission. (If you don’t see it, the pop-up may be blocked by Chrome). You will then find the PDF in a folder named EBSCO in your Google Drive. I move these later in Drive depending on the project or collection.

Step 2: It doesn’t matter, but before your students will be able to see the contents of your folder you will need to share it in Google Drive. After you move your PDFs or other resources to your folder, click on the share button for that folder. Then turn link sharing on for “Anyone at Your School Name can view.” Then click done.

Step 3: Now you can embed your folder into your Google Site. Click on Insert, and then From Drive.

Step 4: Choose the folder where you saved the PDFs and click INSERT. (Don’t forget step 2, change the sharing settings)

Step 5: You will see a box appear on your web page with a list of files. I believe this is the default. I prefer to see the thumbnail view. That requires clicking on the settings/gear icon.

Step 6: Click on Grid View (thumbnails) and click DONE.

Step 7: That is about it. You can use the handles to change the size of the container on your Google Sites page. Be sure to click PUBLISH to update your site. If you add more files to your embedded Drive folder, they will automatically appear on your Google Site.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”middle”][vc_column][rev_slider_vc alias=”test2″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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