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Research Guides



Questions about book or media reserves? Contact the Circulation Department at 212.817.7083 or

Questions about accessing readings on Blackboard? Contact IT Services at

Make a Course Available to Students

By default, all courses are listed as unavailable in Blackboard until the instructor changes this setting. Unless a course is made available, it will not appear in the Blackboard Course Catalog and will not be viewable by students.

  1. Go to the “Control Panel
  2. Navigate to “Course Options
  3. Click on “Settings
  4. Under “Set Availability
  5. Click “Yes
  6. Click “Submit

Getting Started

Login to Blackboard through the CUNY Portal. If you are new to the portal, register first. If the CUNY Portal is down, use the Alternative Blackboard Login directly below the portal login. INSTRUCTORS: For help with course activation, or designing your page, check the IT FAQ then contact IT Services at

Once you login to Blackboard, all available courses for which students are properly registered and for which instructors are associated will automatically display.

Instructors usually post reserve readings and/or links to books on reserve in the Graduate Center Library in the Documents section of the course page, available on the left panel. Course materials are kept in Blackboard for 3 semesters. Back-up your course materials and links in your personal archive.

Instructors may enroll students in a course. Instructors may also assign students or other assistants to “course builder” status to allow them to add reserve readings or other elements.

Some Grad Center departments use “Grad Exams” to post or link to readings required for 1st and/or 2nd exams. Find your department’s Grad Exam under “My Organizations” on the lower right panel, or perform an “Organization Search” (lower left Search Tools) for the phrase “grad exam” to find a list of departments. Students may use the Enroll button to enroll  in the “Grad Exam” for a department.

Departmental faculty, APOs, and Grad Center librarians are generally assigned “leader” status in the Grad Exam lists, with the authority to add and delete files and links to readings.


Adding a Permanent Link to Books and Articles

Permanent links guarantee users perpetual access to catalog records or articles. For instructions on getting permanent links for books in the library catalog or from article databases please visit Getting Articles onto Blackboard or Placing Books & Media on Reserve.

Uploading PDFs

Be sure to consult the Library’s Copyright Guidelines and post reserves appropriately.

Select the appropriate Blackboard course from your list.
Click the Control Panel.
Select Course Documents from the Content Areas panel.
Follow the prompts to upload your documents.