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Library Research Guides

Integrating Library Services and Resources with Canvas

Information for instructors on how to integrate University of Michigan library resources, such as search bars, research guides, and modules into Canvas sites. Also, how to give someone Librarian access to your site.

Library Modules

Adding a DIY Library Module to your site is a great way to integrate research skills into your course. DIY Library Modules give your students the opportunity to learn and practice critical research skills on their own time and at their own pace.


This tutorial will provide you with the steps to add a DIY module to your course site, but is intended as a supplement to the basic Canvas support documentation available at the Instructor website.


If you are interesting in looking up more information on the subject, here is a link to the Canvas support document: [holder]


How to Add a Library Module

1. Open up Canvas and select the Canvas Commons icon located in your Canvas account navigation bar. You can also follow this link: Canvas Commons. 


Location of Canvas Commons icon in Canvas navigation bar


2. Copy and paste “UMLibDIY” into the search bar and click on the module that best suits your purposes.

3. Once you are on the module page, go to the “Import to Canvas” box and select which course you want to import the module to. Click on the green “Import into Course” button (not the download button



4. Return to the course site, and the new library module can be found in the “Module” section.  




If you do not want to include an entire Library Module in your course, you may want to consider embedding parts of the U-M Library DIY Module in your already existing modules.


Instead of clicking the “Import into Canvas” button on the module page, click the “download” button located just below. The download button will break the modules into files, which you can then individual sort through and add to already existing modules.


If you choose to use this option, please give credit the University of Michigan Library.