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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.


The purpose of this library guide is to help instructors seamlessly integrate library services and functions into their Canvas course sites. These services include adding research and subject specialists through Canvas' “Add a Person” function, providing interactive and informative research instructional content, and integrating quick links to the library catalog, databases, and services.

Owners or Instructors in a Canvas site can add any or all of the following to their site:

U-M Library Collaborators

Invite library staff into your Canvas course site. Once invited, they can add course content and materials, post announcements, moderate discussions, answer student questions on research, and work more efficiently as a collaborator.

U-M Library Tools

U-M Library Help for displaying the "Ask a Librarian" live chat window.

U-M Library Search for finding U-M Library books and articles.

U-M Library Materials for listing materials on your class reserve.

U-M Library Content

U-M Library Research Guides for displaying a library research guide (like this one).

U-M Library Modules provide interactive instruction for research meta-literacies such as topic formation, database searching, and citation.