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Integrating Library Resources, Services and Librarians into Canvas

This is your guide to putting the library to work in your Canvas courses. The following are suggestions of ways to integrate information sources, instruction, and librarian support into your courses.


Link to library resource guides (LibGuide) for your course or discipline

  1. Browse our collection of research guides to different subjects and disciplines.
    Each guide will have suggestions of the best databases we have available for the subject, as well as other guides to web resources, books, journals and more.  Some guides are even tailored to specific courses.
  2. Once you find a guide that fits the research needs of your students in your course, copy the URL here:
    Libguide URL
  3. You can now put this URL anywhere in your Canvas course; a syllabus, a page, a module, or an announcement. You can even add an additional item in the leftside navigation column, using the Redirect Tool LTI.


Include YouTube videos

The Library has a YouTube channel with short videos that help explain how to use databases, search for articles and more. You can grab links for the channel (  or for individual videos and put them into your course where ever you want to use them (a page, module, etc.).
On a page for a YouTube video, look under the video player window for the link that says “Share” to find the shareable URL for the video. Copy that URL and you can paste it into a Canvas page and it will automatically embed the video into the page.

Canvas Page Example with Embedded Video

Canvas Video


Invite a librarian to join your class

You can add your subject liaison librarian to your Canvas course. The librarian can be available as a resource to answer questions in a discussion forum or you can invite the librarian to put together a package or module of resources especially for your class. If you like the idea of putting links to course reserves, articles, videos, and or library research guides in your courses, but aren’t sure you want to do it all yourself, invite your librarian to collaborate with you on the project!
To add a librarian to your course:

  1. Make sure you know who your librarian is and what their email address is:
  2. Open your course in Canvas.
  3. Go to the “People” menu in the lefthand navigation.
  4. Click on the blue Add People in the top right portion of the white content area.
  5. Type in the email address of the librarian you want to add. Choose the “Librarian” role from the dropdown menu. Click the blue Next button.
  6. Once the address is validated then click Add Users button. Now the librarian will receive a notification that they have been added to your course and can start working with you to provide the library support you are looking for in the course.


Link to articles, books, videos or search boxes

You can put direct links to library resources, like ebooks, online journal articles, or streaming videos into your courses. In all of these cases, you just need to find a permanent URL for the resource and make sure that it will work from off-campus by passing students through our proxy authentication server.
For articles found in databases:
1. Make sure there is a stable or persistent URL for the article you have found. Check the List of databases that provide persistent URLs for the database that contains your article. If your database is included in the list, you may copy and share the persistent link provided in the article record.
2. Determine whether the persistent link you found will work from outside the FGCU network (off-campus). A simple way to determine if the link will work, check for the term “ezproxy” in the URL. Does the URL or link that you found have the word "ezproxy" somewhere in it?

 Example in EBSCO database:

Example of Streaming Video:


Link to your library course reserves

Do you have items on reserve at the library? Want to make sure that your students know about it? Put the list directly in your Canvas course.

  1. Go to the course reserves search (
  2. Conduct a search by typing your last name (or both names if there are two instructors with the same last name). Leave field on “Instructor”. Hit Search.


3. Copy URL from the address bar.


4. Then you must remove the session info from the URL. The session info begins with an “&” right after “Nty=1” and ends before the next “&”.

5. This is the resultant permanent url:
You can now put this URL anywhere in your Canvas course; a syllabus, a wiki page, a module, an announcement. You can even add an additional item in the leftside navigation column, using the Redirect Tool LTI.


Insert any of your library related web resources into the lefthand navigation menu as a separate item

  1. Open your course.
  2. Click on “Settings” in the left navigation.
  3. Click on the Apps tab. On the list of apps, there should be one with an icon that looks like a curved arrow. This is the Redirect Tool. Click on it.
  4. Click on the blue “Add Tool” button. This will open a small window. The name field can be anything. The Link Name should be whatever you want to show up in the navigation menu. The URL Redirect is where you will paste in the URL for the page that you want to link to.
  5. Check the box next to “Show in Course Navigation.”
  6. Refresh the page and you will see the new link that you have added to the navigation menu. You can always remove it later by going back to the course settings and going to the Apps tab. Click on the View App Configurations button. This will show the redirect tool app that you have installed, and you can delete those tools.