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Embedding Library Resources in Canvas - Faculty Guide

Library and Canvas

The Library and library resources are available to you within all courses in Canvas.  This allows users to click on the "Library Resources" link, from any class, to get immediate access to all databases, articles, eBooks, and more without having to log in to the Library.

As a faculty member, you can also add direct links to library resources within your courses (articles, videos, etc.).  These links will provide students with immediate access to the item - no log-in or search required.

Creating Persistent Links to Library Resources

In order for your students to access articles, journals, films, and other resources at the Library, you need to share with them permanent links/persistent URLs to those resources.

To find a permanent link/persistent URL: on the article, journal, or film record, look for words such as "Embed URL." "Persistent URL," "Get Link," "Stable URL," "InfoMark," "Document URL," or "Permalink."

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I just copy the address from the address bar to save a link to an article?

Web addresses, or URLs, that appear in the address bar of your web browser may contain session-based or search-based information that causes the URL not to work later.  This is especially true of the URLs that appear when searching a database.  This is why many online databases provide a separate persistent or stable link in each record for an article.

What is a persistent URL?

A persistent URL is a link that will remain stable over time and allows a user to access the linked document later.

How to I find persistent links in online databases?

Some research databases include a persistent or stable link in the article record.  Please note that the terms used and the location of these links in the record vary from one database to another.