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Now that we have our required readings posted for our students, it would be nice for our students to be able to simply click on a link of one of those articles and access the full text of that article, if we have permission to distribute that document to them. So make sure you have editing turned on and then simply click the Edit tool for the list of required readings that we've been working on. Next go ahead and scroll down until you find the Mattia, C. article. Select the text that says Mattia, C (1997), including the parentheses.
We're going to make this text a link to an internal PDF file. Go ahead and click the Insert a link tool and you're taken to the Insert/edit link window. The first line, Link URL, has an icon on the far right-hand side of it that allows you to browse to find a file that you've already uploaded. Go ahead and click on that link and you're taken into your standard File picker. Make sure you're in your Private files section and go into your BIOL432 folder that we created earlier.
We need to upload a file into here. Go over to the Upload a file button and then click on Browse. Navigate to the Chapter 3 exercise files and click on the Mattia1997.pdf file, hit the Open button, and then simply hit Upload this file. The file will get uploaded and automatically linked into your Moodle course. We can give the article a title by simply clicking in the Title section and then typing in "Mattia 1997." Go ahead and hit the Insert button and that article is now linked to this page.
Hit the Save and return to course button, and now when we go ahead and scroll down we're not seeing anything different inside of our window, until we move our mouse over top of that article. Now we can see the title that we typed in, Mattia 1997, and we can see that this item is a link. Now it'd be nice to call this out to the students a little bit more, so let's do that by changing the font color of this text. That is normally controlled inside of the specific theme that you're using, and the theme that we're currently using does not have the text show up for a link in a different color.
To fix this, simply come on down and hit the Edit button again. Scroll down until you find our link. Select the text and even though it's showing up in blue inside to the HTML Editor, indicating that the Editor knows that this is a link, it's not showing up in blue for our students. So come on up to the second line and click the dropdown menu for select text color. Then I'm going to choose the top blue, which is 000080, so that it matches our other headings.
The text should now change to a little bit darker blue, and then we can click the Save and return to course button. Now, when we look at our required readings, it's very clear to see which item has an article that's linked to it and if we click on that link, our browser tells us that we want to open that file with our default PDF viewer. I'm going to go ahead and hit Cancel and if you'd like, you can go ahead and look at the article that's there.
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