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Faculty Library Resources & Services: MCC Library and Canvas

Link to Library Resources in Canvas

Make use of some great content! Link to MCC Library's resources (article, books, databases, subject and course guides) in Canvas. Using library materials is generally acceptable under our subscription licenses -- see our Copyright & Fair Use page for more information. Ask an MCC Librarian for help at any time!

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Library Research Guides | Articles in a Library Database | eBooks | Databases


How To Link to MCC Library Research Guides

This one is super easy! Find a guide and copy the url into Canvas.


How To Link to Articles in a Library Database

STEP 1: Persistent URLs (also known as Stable Links or Permalinks)

It's not quite as easy as doing a database search, finding a good article, and then pasting the URL into your course shell. Many of the library's subscription databases use session-specific IDs, which means that the URL that appears in the top bar above an article is not stable and you cannot cut and paste it into your course. Only a persistent URL leads a student back to the article.

Not to fear. The database vendors usually do provide stable, persistent URLs. Here is an example of a database article that offers a Permalink (stable, persistent URL) in the right-hand column of tools, above Save.


database results page with permalink stable url under tools

Finally, if the database does not offer persistent linking, you can still link to the database main page, provide the citation information & have your students search on their own for the article. See "Databases" Section.


How To Link to eBooks

You can link to one of our 200,000 plus subscription eBooks in the same way you link to database articles. The eBooks actually "live" in EBSCO and Very Short Introductions databases. 

Search or browse eBooks


EBSCO eBooks:

Cut and paste the Permalink (persistent link/stable url) of a specific book into your course.

How To Link to Library Databases

To link to a specific database:

1. Go to "A-Z Databases"  at and find a database.

2. Click on the sharing icon and copy the link

3. In Canvas, paste the link in a content area


Creating a Reading List in Canvas

Faculty can now search library resources and create a reading list without leaving Canvas. You can watch a video tutorial on this tool or follow these instructions:

STEP 1: Open any Canvas module, click the +, and choose "External Tool" from the drop-down menu. 

You'll see two library choices. The first one, marked with a green arrow below, allows you to add a link to the library's website for your students.

The second one, beside the blue arrow below, opens the MCC Library OneSearch box (from our homepage) in your module. To create a reading list, select that choice and then "add item."

creating a reading list

STEP 2: You'll see MCC Library reading lists listed in your module, and when you open it, you'll see a search box:

Library resource search page

STEP 3: Search for articles or books, and when you see one you want click on the "Add to reading list" button below the article. Adding to reading list example


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