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Integrating the Library into Canvas Courses

Navigation Tools from the Library

There are three library navigation tools available for Canvas courses: Library Course Reserves, Library Resources, and Ask a Librarian.

  • Library Course Reserves leads to a link to search within the library course reserve system. This will be useful for classes which have materials in course reserve.
  • Library Resources embeds a library course or subject guide into your Canvas course. The integration is set up so that if a library webpage created specifically for your class exists (a course guide) it will embed. If no course guide exists, the subject guide related to your course will populate, i.e., any nursing classes will have the nursing subject guide embedded and any chemistry class will have the chemistry subject guide embedded. There will be a few exceptions to this process, mainly those FYE courses with no course guide (because the library doesn’t have an FYE subject guide). 
    • If you would like the library to create a course guide for your class, would like a different subject guide linked to your class (e.g., the Flint and Local History guide instead of the larger History subject guide), or have questions about this tool, please contact Liz Svoboda.
  • Ask a Librarian embeds the library's Ask a Librarian page into your course, so that students can easily use the library's chat system or contact the library without leaving their course.

Adding Navigation Tools to your Canvas course

To add any of the library's navigation tools to your courses navigation follow these steps:

  1. Open your course.
  2. Click Settings in the left side navigation.
  3. Click the Navigation tab at the top of the screen.
  4. Find the desired tool tool in the "hidden" section of possible tools.
  5. Drag the tool to the active course navigation section.
  6. Click Save at the bottom of the screen.
  7. The tool will now appear on your course's navigation!