Add Library Resources to Canvas

Canvas is the learning management system used at CSN. Adding a variety of library content such as journal articles, online videos, ebooks and research instruction directly into your Canvas course page can greatly enhance the educational experience for your students. A link to library resources is also automatically added to your Canvas courses under the "CSN Library" menu option.

Getting the right link

Linking to specific library resources in Canvas is easy! You will need two pieces of information to make sure your students can access the material wherever they are:

  1. Persistent URLs: Persistent URLs are unique URLs, or web addresses, that identify some type of content (such as a specific journal article). Make sure that you look for a "stable" or "persistent" URL or check the citation information on the article's information page.
  2. Proxy Server Prefix: This is a code that you add to the beginning of a URL to tell our library resources that you are coming from CSN. Proxy Server address/URL for the CSN Library is:

To make the link for Canvas simply add the two together.


Adding Videos

Adding videos from CSN Library databases into Canvas is similar to the above directions depending on the video collection you're using. Some library videos can be embedded directly onto a Canvas page using an integration tool that's already in Canvas. On any page where you have the Canvas content editor (a box for content with toolbar buttons at the top), select the down arrow button that says "More External Tools" when you hover over it. From this menu you can select from the following collections and search for videos directly in Canvas:

  • Alexander Street Video: find a video by title or subject in our Alexander Street Press collection and click the Embed button.
  • Learn360: find a video by title or subject in our Films on Demand collection and click the Embed button.
  • Panopto: while not library videos, this feature allows you to embed screencaptured videos you created in Panopto.
  • Gale: while not videos, the library has several Gale databases where you can directly embed pages from our reference collections instead of linking: GVRL (Gale ebooks), Opposing Viewpoints, U.S. History in Context, and Gale Literature.

Canvas screenshot of content editor

For assistance with linking or embedding in Canvas, contact eLearning librarians Emily Pattni, Christopher Zahedi or Stephanie Espinoza Villamor.

Information Literacy Resources

Information literacy is the ability to recognize the need for information and to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively to solve problems.

As part of the CSN General Education Core, acquiring information literacy skills provides students the necessary intellectual framework for academic and professional success.

Research 101 Tutorial

Research 101 is an interactive information literacy tutorial that guides students through the research process, starting with understanding their assignment and developing a topic, through finding, using and evaluating resources, all the way to citation.

You and your students can access the tutorial at

Information Literacy Quiz

The Information Literacy Quiz has been designed to help you assess your students’ level of information literacy. The quiz reflects the skills taught in the Research 101 tutorial, where you can access an interactive electronic version and a PDF version through the Test Yourself tab (email for a copy of the answer key).

You can embed an interactive copy on your course’s Canvas page. If you are interested, please contact Becky Blunk at, and she will get you started.


Incorporating electronic library resources into Canvas inevitably brings up questions regarding copyright law. Copyright issues related to the digital classroom are covered by the U.S. Copyright Law and the Technology Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act, passed in 2002.

The links below offer information and guidance on copyright issues as they relate to learning management systems, such as Canvas: