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Library Resources for Your Canvas Course: Home

A guide to embedding library resources and services in your online courses, for Valencia College faculty.


Welcome, faculty! This is a guide to embedding library resources and services in your online course. 

Should you need assistance with any of these tools or resources, please contact your librarian liaison

How to Log in to the Library Online

You will need to log in to your library account in order to access online library resources. Please see the following LibGuide:

How to Embed LibGuides in Canvas

You can embed an entire LibGuide, a LibGuide page, or a LibGuide box in your Canvas course. Here's how:

How to Find Library Resources in the Canvas Commons

Librarians have developed many handouts, pages and modules you can import into your course from the Canvas Commons. Here's how to find them:

Library Instruction

There are several options for integrating library instruction in your online course. A recommended way is to "embed" a librarian by adding them to your Canvas course in the "Librarian" role.

Please download the following handout:

Library Videos & Tutorials

Brief videos and tutorials are available to help students with library research skills. Please see the following LibGuide:

Virtual Reference

Students can connect with a librarian via live chat, e-mail or text using Ask a Librarian. You can provide a link to Ask a Librarian in your course.

Linking to Library Resources in Canvas

Faculty members can easily add library resources to Canvas courses. To link to a library eBook, database, journal, article, or Kanopy or Swank video, click on Links, then External Links in your Canvas page editor and copy / paste a permanent URL for the resource. Instructions for finding permanent URLs are below.

Important update: With the migration of our authentication system to OpenAthens, we are no longer using the Embed a Library Resource Link tool. Please update any links you created using the Embed a Library Resource Link tool. 

To link to a video in Films on Demand, follow the instructions in this video:

Adding Library Links to Your Canvas Course Navigation

You can add the Library Catalog or any library resource link to your Canvas course navigation menu using the Redirect LTI. Here's how:

  1. Go to Course Settings 
  2. Click on Apps 
  3. Search for Redirect 
  4. Click on it and click Add. 
  5. Enter Library Catalog (or your desired name) instead of Redirect Tool 
  6. Under URL Redirect, enter the permanent URL. The URL for the Library Catalog is 
  7. Click on Add App. 

This tool can be used to add the Library Catalog, LibGuides, Citation Guides, Databases, or other library content to your course navigation menu. 

Research Workshops: Live & On Demand


Greetings Faculty,  

The Valencia College Libraries would like to suggest our Research Workshops self-enroll Canvas course as a resource to help students with their research assignments. 

Research Workshops offers both live Zoom sessions and self-paced modules. Each session and module focus on a different component of the research process and provides practical information and tips that students can incorporate into their papers or projects.   

Research Workshops works as a companion to research assignments. Faculty may assign students the entire course to complete or select specific modules or live sessions. Upon completion of a module or attendance at a live session, students will take an assessment to earn a badge. The badges are  stored within the course and can be used to verify that module or live session requirements have been met.       

Here’s how it works:    

  1. Instructors are encouraged to enroll before assigning the course to students. This will provide an opportunity to view the modules and live sessions to see which topics will help students the most with your assignment.   

  1. The self-enroll link is the same for both instructors and students.   

  1. Instructors share the Research Workshops self-enroll course link with students. You may also upload the Research Workshops assignment template to your course by clicking here.  

  1. Students enroll in the course and complete the assigned modules or attend a specific live session. They will earn the appropriate badges.   

  1. Students submit the badges as proof to their instructor that they have completed the assignment.   

A sample of our course offerings is below.    

  • APA Supertrack
  • Career Research
  • Getting Started with Research
  • How Librarians Can Help You
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Introduction to Fact Checking
  • MLA Guide to Citing Sources
  • Plagiarism 101
  • Types of Sources
  • Intro to Chicago Style
The Valencia College libraries do not welcome solicitation of resources to be added to our LibGuides. This includes but is not limited to vendors, search engine optimizers, placement of ads, products, or any other requests. Our LibGuides are carefully curated resources developed in partnership with faculty, staff, and students to support specific assignments, courses, events, and other related purposes at Valencia College. The Valencia libraries reserve the right to ignore LibGuide resource solicitations, and/or block persistent requests from groups or individuals to add or promote links in our LibGuides.