Introduction

This guide will outline ways in which instructors can integrate library resources in the Canvas LMS, and the services offered by the library within Canvas courses.

Integration/Services Overview

Audio/Video reserves/streaming (DAVRS)

How-To: include articles, ebooks in Canvas pages.

How-To: import library modules and subject guides into course. 

Support Overview

Library Integration, Technical Assistance
Library systems department
Email | 336-770-1306

Library Integration, Reference/Resources
Susan Keely, Reference Librarian
Visit: 2nd Floor Reference Desk (M-F, 8am-5pm)
Email | 336-770-1479

Instructional Support
Teaching and Learning Center

Digital Audio/Video Reserve System (DA/VRS)

What

The Digital Audio/Video Reserve System (DA/VRS) provides you, and your students, 24/7 access to streaming audio and video content.  Leveraging the collections of the Benjamin F. Ward Music Library we can provide digital access to compact discs, long play record albums, DVD, Blu-ray discs, and VHS tapes.

Who

Any faculty member may use the system. Library staff will work with you to customize your materials.

When

You may stream materials an entire semester at a time, or any portion thereof.  We ask that you make your requests at least two weeks in advance. Many elements contribute to the amount of time it takes to process a reserve request: the amount of material requested, whether your materials are already in the DA/VRS database, the amount of material to be digitized from analog sources (LP’s and VHS tapes, for example, must be digitized in real-time) and Library staff workload.  You may certainly turn in a request with less lead-time, but be aware that during peak times (such as the beginning of a semester) requests will be handled in the order they are received. In general, early notice is always better!

How

The basic procedure for using the DA/VRS is as follows:

  1. Faculty member decides what materials they’d like to stream
  2. Faculty member sends list of materials to Christia Thomason
  3. Library staff prepares materials for streaming
  4. Library staff assembles a web page for the class and Christia Thomason creates a Digital Reserves module on the appropriate Canvas page

The Library catalog is accessible from the Library home page If you don’t see something you’d like to use, ask anyway—we may already have what you need and we’ll certainly try to get it for you if we don’t hold it (another good reason to get your list in early).  As a last resort we can also stream your personal items if the Library cannot procure the materials you’d like to use in time for the semester.

You can request material in two ways:

  1. E-mailing a copy of your syllabus to Christia Thomason
  2. Sending a list of titles and/or call numbers to Christia Thomason

Once your request has been submitted just leave the rest to us.  Once your materials are ready a module called “Digital Reserves” will be added to the Canvas page for your course.

Questions?

Contact Christia Thomason (thomasonc@uncsa.edu  or 336-770-1392)

Including journal articles

Linking to Journal Articles

Locate the article in EDS, and use the article's permalink.

For step by step instructions on using EDS and finding the permalink, view the guide below.

Embed Articles from a Database in Your Canvas Course

Follow these instructions to embed journal articles found a search of the library’s databases in your Canvas course.  Search the databases on the library’s website, https://library.uncsa.edu by clicking on the Articles link then typing your search term in the search box.  Our examples come from a search on global warming.



Click on the title of the article, in our example, number 2.  When the individual page for the record comes up, click on Permalink in the right hand column.



When the link appears in the box, select and copy it.



Now, open your course module in Canvas.  Click on the plus sign to the right of the module title to add an item to the module.


 
Use the arrow to scroll down to add an external link, add the URL permalink you copied from the article record, name the page, click on Load in a new tab then Add Item.



If you want to add several articles from a database into your course, simply select the articles from your article search, click on the folder icon to the right of the results and email the folder to yourself.  Use the Brief Citation with Abstract option when emailing.

 

You can then open your Canvas course and add a module using the instructions above or add a Page.  Paste in the emailed information then using the text editor, cut and paste what you want students to see.  Be sure to include the Persistent link.

Email version:

Embedding an E-book in Your Canvas Course

Follow these instructions to easily embed an e-book from the library catalog, https://libcat.uncsa.edu, in your Canvas course. 

 

Below are some results of a search for an e-book on anatomy

 

Remember, a search in the library catalog can by modified by choosing a specific material type using the link Modify Search at the top any any search page.

Click on the title of the e-book then the UNCSA Access link.

 

When the page for the book appears, click on Permalink in the right hand column.

 

When the link appears in the box, copy it.

 

Now, open your course module in Canvas.  Click on the plus sign to the right of the module title to add an item to the module.

 

Use the arrow to scroll down to add an external link, add the URL permalink you copied from the e-book in the catalog, name the page, click on Load in a new tab then Add Item.

 

Students can now read an e-book from your Canvas course.  Don’t forget to publish the page when you’re ready for students to use it.

Import Library Module into course

Adapted from generic Canvas Guide

Open Commons

In Global Navigation, click the Commons link.

 

Find and Open Resource

The easiest way to locate the module is by unselecting Show Public Resources, which will limit modules to institutionally created items.  To open, click on the name of the resource.

 

Import Resource

To import the resource, search for and select the course you wish to import the module into, then click on the Import into Course button

 

Verify Module in course