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. In addition to the resources listed below, a link to the library is automatically added to your course's menu in Canvas.

Getting the right link

Linking to library resources from Canvas is easy!  You will need two pieces of information to make sure that 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 very similar to the above directions no matter which video collection you use. Some videos collections will also allow you to create custom playlists, link to specific segments, or embed the video in your Canvas page.

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 from beginning to end, 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 Caprice Roberson 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 cover by the US Copyright Law and the Technology Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act, passed in 2002.

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