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 new 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.

Adding Program Guides

CSN Library Services has developed Program Guides that highlight specific resources for programs here at CSN. Link one to your Canvas page and use it as a resource for your course by copying and pasting the URL as is.

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 also embed an interactive copy on your course’s Canvas page (directions below). The quiz will be scored automatically with results accessible through Canvas.

  1. Right click on this link and save (using “save target as” or “save file as”) to your computer.
  2. In your Canvas course, select “Settings” in the left sidebar and then the “Import Content into this Course” button on the right.
  3. Select Content Type “QTI .zip file.” Find where you saved the file in step #1 (usually the Desktop or Downloads folder), select the file (, and click “Import.”
  4. Canvas will begin to import the data and send you an email when done (it shouldn’t take more than a minute or two).
  5. The Information Literacy Quiz will now appear as an Unpublished Quiz when you select your “Quizzes” on the left sidebar of Canvas. You can view the questions, answers, and settings with the “Edit Quiz” pencil button.
  6. Be sure to PUBLISH the quiz before having students take it.


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: