How to set up ProQuest as an External Tool within Moodle using LTI 1.3 Deep Linking Technology 

 

This page will guide you through the process of setting up ProQuest as an External Tool within Moodle. Once completed, your Moodle users will be able to search for ProQuest documents from within Moodle, select them, and embed them directly for viewing within Moodle courses. The advantage of this method is that users will be able to read external documents from ProQuest without leaving Moodle, and users will not be prompted to authenticate. 

 

This process will take approximately 20 minutes. If you experience difficulties or errors during the set up process, please reach out to ProQuest Technical Support 

 

Before you begin, make sure you have the following information at hand: 

 

 

Step 1 - Create an External Tool in Moodle 

  1. Log into Moodle with your system administrator username and password. 

  1. From the list of sections on the top left corner of the page, select Site Administration panel.  

  1. Select the Plugins tab in the Site Administration section of the page.  

  1. Under the Activity Modules heading, select the Manage Tools option, which is located directly beneath the External Tool option. 

  1. In the area labeled Add tool, click the configure a tool manually link. The Tool Settings form will appear. 

  1. Enter the Tool name you would like your users to see for this External Tool (e.g. ProQuest Platform). This can be any name you want, but try to choose a name that your users will recognize and understand. 

  1. For Tool URL, enter: https://www.proquest.com 

  1. Under Tool description, enter a description of the database tool you are adding. This can be any description you want. Again, enter a description that is understandable to your users. 

  1. Using the LTI version dropdown menu, select LTI 1.3. 

  1. Using the Public key type dropdown menu, select Keyset URL from the dropdown list. This may be the default option. 

  1. For Public keyset, enter the following into the text input box: https://sso-authenticate.prod.proquest.com/.well-known/jwks.json 

  1. For Initiate login URL, enter the following into the text input box: https://sso-authenticate.prod.proquest.com/oidcLogin 

  1. For Redirection URI(s), enter the following into the text input box: https://sso-authenticate.prod.proquest.com/ltiLaunch 

  1. Under Tool configuration usage, select how you would like this External Tool to appear to your users in Moodle. We recommend the option Show in activity chooser and as a preconfigured tool. 

  1. Using the Default launch container dropdown menu, select Embed, without blocks or New window, depending how you want the links to be viewed by students. 

  1. Select the Show more... link to reveal additional options. 

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  1. Select the Content-Item Message checkbox. 

  1. For Content Selection URL, enter the following URL in the text input box: https://www.proquest.com/ltiDeepLinkSelect/embedded/$LOGIN_TOKEN 

NOTE: This URL will set up access to the ProQuest Platform, which will allow your Moodle users to cross-search across all your subscribed ProQuest databases. While we strongly recommend this option, you can set up access to only a specific database on the ProQuest K-12 platform.  To do so, replace the Content Selection URL with the desired option below.  

 

ProQuest Platform 

Content Selection URL  

ProQuest Platform - all databases 

RECOMMENDED 

https://www.proquest.com/ltiDeepLinkSelect/embedded/$LOGIN_TOKEN 

eLibrary only 

https://explore.proquest.com/svc/grapple/ltiDeepLinkCreate/elibrary/embedded/$LOGIN_TOKEN 

SIRS Issues Researcher only 

https://explore.proquest.com/svc/grapple/ltiDeepLinkCreate/sirsissuesresearcher/embedded/$LOGIN_TOKEN 

SIRS Discoverer only 

https://explore.proquest.com/svc/grapple/ltiDeepLinkCreate/sirsdiscoverer/embedded/$LOGIN_TOKEN 

  1. For both the Icon URL and Secure icon URL fields, enter the following URL: https://pq-static-content.prod.proquest.com/lti/PQ-LTI-Icon.png 

  1. Select Save changes to create the External Tool and return to the Manage Tools page. 

  1. Select the View configuration details icon, located in the upper right corner of the added tool container. A pop-up will appear, titled Tool information details. 

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  1. The information in the Tool information details pop-up is necessary to complete the setup process in the ProQuest Administrator Module, as described in Step 2 below. If you are the administrator for your ProQuest account, you can copy this information into a notes file for later reference. If you are not the administrator for your ProQuest account, you will need to pass this information to your institution’s ProQuest administrator so they can complete the tasks described in Step 2. 

Step 2 - Connect the new External Tool in Moodle to your ProQuest account. 

 

  1. Log into the ProQuest Administrator Module (https://admin.proquest.com) with the Account you wish to connect to the External Tool placement created in Step 1. 

  1. Select the Authentication/Access tab on the left panel. 

  1. From the Authentication/Access screen, select the LTI tab. 

 

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  1. Select the usage group you would like to associate with the LTI usage. 

  1. For Issuer ID, enter the Platform ID from the Tool information details you saved in Step 1. This will look like a URL. 

  1. For Client ID, enter the Client ID from the Tool information details you saved in Step 1. This will be a string of letters and numbers. 

  1. For Deployment ID, enter the Deployment ID from the Tool information details you saved in Step 1. This will be a number. 

  1. For Public Keyset URL,, enter the Public keyset URL from the Tool information details you saved in Step 1. This will look like a URL. 

  1. For Access Token URL, enter the Access token URL from the Tool information details you saved in Step 1. This will look like a URL. 

  1. Under Authentication Request URL, enter the Authentication request URL from the Tool information details you saved in Step 1. This will look like a URL. 

  1. Select the Add credentials button and verify that the entries added in the list above are all correct. 

Your Moodle users with course editing permissions are now ready to use the ProQuest External Tool. You can test your configuration and make sure everything is working as expected by following the instructions in the support article below: 

 

Embedding ProQuest documents into Moodle courses using an External Tool configured with LTI 1.3 Deep Linking Technology 

 

 

Embedding ProQuest documents into Moodle courses using an External Tool configured with LTI 1.3 Deep Linking Technology 

 

Once your Moodle account is configured to use ProQuest as an External Tool by your Moodle administrator, you will be able to search for ProQuest documents from within Moodle, select them, and embed them directly for viewing within Moodle courses. The advantage of this method is that users will be able to read external documents from ProQuest without leaving Moodle, and users will not be prompted to authenticate. 

 

This document describes the process of adding a ProQuest document as an activity within a Moodle course. 

  1. After logging into Moodle, select the course where you would like to embed a ProQuest document. Note that you will need course editing privileges to proceed. 

  1. Open the course in Editing mode by selecting the Turn editing on button. 

  1. Select the + Add an activity or resource option. 

  1. From the list of options that appear in the popup, select the ProQuest external tool. The name of this tool is variable and is set by the Moodle administrator. 

  1. A form will display for Adding a new External tool to your course.  

  1. Enter an Activity name. You can change this later. 

  1. To choose a ProQuest document to embed, click the Select Content button under the Activity name. 

  1. A frame will open and display the home page of the ProQuest platform configured for your Moodle account.  

  1. You can search and browse within this frame to find the document you wish to link to. 

  1. Once identified, the document display page will have a Select this document button near the top of the page. Use this button to select the document you’d like to embed in your module. This will return you to the Adding a new External tool... form in Moodle. 

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  1. When you’ve finished adjusting the other settings for this external tool, click the Save and display button to complete the process and preview the embedded document.