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Integrating Library Content into Canvas: Quick Start

A guide for faculty to help identify and integrate library resources and support tools into your Canvas courses.


This guide will help you integrate library content into your Canvas course. Remember that librarians can also create subject or course-specific guides to help students find appropriate resources, use them correctly, and get help when needed. You can embed entire guides or sections of guides into your Canvas course.  If you need help, please Ask Us!

Suggested Content

Instructors can add a variety of links, search widgets, help tools, and other library content to help guide students to library resources that are appropriate for your research assignments.  This guide includes instructions for adding:

  • Subject or course guides.  UK Libraries licenses a huge number of databases, journals and other online resources. Subject- or course-specific guides will direct students to resources that are appropriate for your class.
  • Information Literacy tutorials, videos and tools.  Info Lit is a key component of UK Core.  Embed our online tools in your course pages so students can learn how to find and use information resources correctly. Check out our list of Online Tools for a collection of resources you can link to or embed on your web pages.
  • Help resources.  Embed our chat widget or point to other library help. Encourage students to Ask Us when they need help.

Online Info Lit Course

Open Information Literacy is a 40 minute, self-paced Information Literacy tutorial in Canvas, UK's learning management system.  Anyone affiliated with UK can sign up to take the course. Instructors may choose to refer students to this course, to supplement library instruction in the classroom and help students develop the information literacy skills they need to be successful in college.  

Recommended for: Students

URL for students to self-enroll:

Length: Approximately 40 minutes

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