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Embed the Library in Canvas

The library has many different ways you can embed library content directly into your Canvas course.

Create Reading Lists | Embed Videos | Request a Module | Build Your Own Library Module

Curriculum Builder: Create Reading Lists

Use the Library on Demand: Curriculum Builder tool to create reading lists for your class, including one-click access to journal articles.

In a module, click the + button and choose External Tool. Click Library on Demand: Curriculum Builder.

+ Button to Add Content

External Tool > Library on Demand: Curriculum Builder

The default screen is a search box where you can search the majority of library databases and eBooks. In the results, click the Add to Reading List button to add an article or eBook.

Add to Reading List in search results

To organize your list or add notes and external links, click the See Current Reading List link at the top. You will be able to add a webpage URL, add text instructions or notes, add notes specifically to a resource, rearrange the list, and create folders.

See Current Reading List

Options in Reading List

After creating your list, make sure it is published. You can use Canvas's Student View to see the list as a student will. You can create multiple lists, and rename them as you wish (e.g. Module 1 Reading).

You can view a tutorial on using Curriculum Builder below:

Films on Demand

The library's streaming video database, Films on Demand, contains thousands of documentaries and educational videos that can be embedded within Canvas.

From any screen with the edit bar (such as a page, assignment, or announcement), click the Films on Demand icon. You may need to click a blue V icon to see more options.

Films on Demand icon

V icon

You will then be able to search for relevant videos. Click the Embed button next to a video to embed it into Canvas.

Embed option

Request a Module

If you have a research assignment, you can request a specialized research module created by the librarians to support your assignment. Modules will focus on relevant skills and resources to support your students, and an optional quiz can be included. Sample topics include: using the library catalog; choosing databases; using a specific database; academic sources; evaluating web resources; and citing sources.

To request a module, choose the Canvas Embedded Librarian option on the Library Instruction Request form.

Canvas Commons: Build Your Own Library Modules

The library has created a number of online lessons available to be imported into Canvas. You can create your own library module by choosing the most relevant lessons for your class. If you'd like a customized module or lessons for your class, you make a request through the Library Instruction Form and choose Canvas Embedded Librarian.

Accessing Canvas Commons

To access Canvas Commons, log in to Canvas through eStaff, and then click the Commons icon in the left navigation bar.

Commons icon

The first time you access Canvas Commons, you will need to authorize the access.

Searching for SF Library Lessons

There are several collections of materials available for you to search.

Search uPick to see general library lessons, covering topics such as books, databases, evaluating websites, citations, and more.

uPick Library Module

Search Business Research Toolbox to see library lessons specifically geared for business programs.

Business Research Toolbox

Importing Into Your Classes

Once you find a relevant lesson, check the class(es) you wish to add it to, and then click the Import Into Course button.


If a lesson has been updated, you will see a notification upon entering Canvas Commons.

Click the Updates link to see what has changed. To update the lessons in your classes, click the Update button.

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