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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.


Review the library research guide (LibGuide) in your course

Canvas library guide navigation

At FGCU, each Canvas course will have an auto-populated a link to Library Guides. FGCU Librarians have done their best to identify the most appropriate existing research guide for each course on offer.

Take a moment to examine the Library Guide in your courses and contact your subject librarian if you have any questions or suggestions for additional resources or alternatives to what you find.

Subject librarians are eager to work with you to create something that will help your students do great research for you class!

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 +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. Look for a stable or persistent URL (or permalink) for the article you have found. Some databases provide a permalink in the abstract view of an article. Some databases may not provide this special URL, in which case the URL from the address bar may be used.

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 of a properly constructed link for off-campus access from an EBSCO database:

Example of a properly constructed off-campus access URL for a 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.

course reserve search

3. Copy URL from the address bar.

course reserves url

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.


Create a course navigation menu link to any library related web resources

  1. Open your Canvas 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.