Canvas for Instructors - Adding Library Resources in Modules as External URLs

This support article outlines steps for linking licensed library content in Canvas.

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This article describes how instructors can link licensed library content in their Canvas courses.

Before you begin...

  • Determine the learning materials you desire to include in your course (These materials might be journal articles, book chapters, multimedia resources, etc.).
  • Identify stable links to your learning material content, and create a text document of these URLs. The UWM libraries can support faculty in identifying stable links to content.Image properties
  • Create a list of the stable links (URLs) you wish to add to your course.

Adding External URLs as Module Items in Canvas

Step 1: Open Modules 

In course navigation, click the Modules link.
open module

Step 2: Add Module Item

Click the Add Item Button.

add module

Step 3: Select Add "External URL"

In the Add [Item Type] drop-down menu, select the "External URL" option.

add external url

Step 4: Enter the URL Address of Your Desired Content

Copy and paste the permalink to the library content you want to include in your course. 

enter url

enter url 2

Step 5: Give the URL a Page Name

Identify the resource that you are providing a link to. For example, providing the title of an article and the last name of the author can help users to identify the resources.

add page name

Step 6: Click "Load in a New Tab."

For security reasons, Canvas will not always open external content within its own interface. Checking the "Load in a New Tab" option will ensure that the resource will open in a new tab.

click load in a new tab

Step 7: Add item

Click the "Add Item" button.

Add item

Step 8: View Module

View the external URL in your module. When students click to access the resource, it will direct them to the item's location on the library's website.

view module

***This guide was adapted from the Canvas Community guide. For the most up-to-date information, please visit Canvas' community guide.***



Keywords:instructure canvas canvaslms lms library libraries licensed content permalink external journal database support l1 l2 l3 hd2 hd3 hdsuper   Doc ID:81144
Owner:David D.Group:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Created:2018-03-26 13:55 CSTUpdated:2019-11-22 10:20 CST
Sites:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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