How do I embed links to library resources in my Canvas site?


Adding or embedding links to resources from the library's databases into your online course system is simple, but it is important to use proper link. Just using the URL in your browser's navigation bar will not work, because we need a link that takes users through the libraries off-campus server, in order for students to access the site while they are on or off campus. These instructions will help you locate a permalink that you can reliably use in your online course management system.
In all cases, double check that the link that you're grabbing has either of these prefixes (preferably the first): 

Without that url prefix, the link may not redirect properly. Here is an example of a good link:


Link to resources in Augmented Search (like eBooks) or to articles in EBSCO databases

When you locate a resource in Augmented Search, like an eBook or journal article, it's best to link to the record (see example) of the resource, which will point users to where the item exists online. Sometimes databases change the access or location of an article, so you are less likely to use a link that might expire. 

From the record screen, locate the button for "Permalink" as the bottom of the Toolbar on the left. Clicking that will open a box at the top of the record screen with a stable link that you can use.


Link to JSTOR articles
When you locate an article that you would like to use, you will find two URL links to the left of the article, beneath the journal information. One will say "Stable URL" and the second will say "URL with Proxy." You should use the second link, so that students will be taken through our off-campus proxy server.
Link to score in Classical Scores Library from Alexander Street
To add links to scores in Classical Scores Library, you will find an "Embed/Link" button at the top of the score navigation window. A pop-up window will appear and the first option wil be to copy the permalink, which includes the proxy information.
​For information about embedding links from streaming audio sites, like Naxos and Alexander Street, see this guide.
  • Last Updated Jan 30, 2024
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  • Answered By Brendan Higgins

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