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Faculty Resources: Incorporating library
resources into Canvas

Link to a Course Research Guide in Canvas

Links generated using this method will authenticate seamlessly without asking student to log in using their TCC Borrower ID number. 

First, navigate to the content area where you wish to insert the link. In Canvas this includes the Discussion Board, or any place you see the formatting bar below.

Click on the blue circle image: 

Enter the URL you wish to link to in the form.  This could be an article or a course specific Research Guide.  Once created this link will authenticate students into any library database or article navigated to from your link. 

Link Library Databases in Canvas

The best way to provide your students with access to specific articles is through a persistent link, or PURL.  These links will provide consistent access to a specific article without violating copyright restrictions. 

Do not use the URL found in the web address bar in the browser window since this URL is often temporary.  Instead, follow the guidelines below to locate the stable, persistent link - or contact your liaison librarian- we're happy to help!

  1. Log into your favorite database and locate an article. 
  2. Do not use the URL in the web browser address bar because that will time-out and not work at a later date.
  3. A stable link is provided somewhere on the item record page, it may be called a "permalink," or the URL may be located at the bottom of the page in the citation.
  4. The stable URL will include <> in the address, copy and paste the PURL into the "Links to Library Content" tool within Canvas.  If the URL does not include this information you'll need to generate your own URL.
  5. In a Canvas content area, click the blue circle image to embed a library resource link so it is automatically authenticated.


A correctly generated link will not require the students to login to view the article.


Linking to Articles in EBSCO


Linking to Articles in JSTOR


Linking to Articles in Gale

GALE(appears at the very bottom of the article):