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Embedding Library Content at Point-of-Need in Canvas

How do I integrate the library's resources and collections into my Canvas courses effectively and efficiently?

Curriculum Builder

Curriculum Builder is powered by LibSearch, the Library’s Discovery Service. Curriculum Builder allows you to create custom reading lists within your Canvas course modules, by simply searching and clicking. Take your courses to the next level by pointing students to scholarly articles, current news report, electronic reference books and more, in your weekly Canvas modules.

LibSearch simultaneously searches across thousands of resources including databases, electronic journals, books, eBooks, and streaming media. Think of it as a Google search for library resources.


Here is an example of a reading list in Canvas, created with Curriculum Builder:


Adding a new reading list to your module in Canvas:

Consider: Will you create a new module in Canvas, or add your reading list to an existing module?

  1. Start in the module that you want to create a reading list in – click the plus sign in the top-right of the module to add new content.Add a new “external tool”
  2. Scroll down and select Curriculum Builder from the list of external tools
  3. Rename the reading list before clicking “add item”
    1. ex: Week 4 Reading List: Human Resources



Adding content to your reading list:

  1. Click on the unpublished reading list to edit it
  2. Click “continue without copying”
  3. Search for library content here as you would in LibSearch
  4. You’ll see the same limiters to help you narrow your search (for the most part)
    1. One limiter that is notably missing is “publication date range”
  5. Add library content to your reading list by selecting “add to reading list”
  6. Scroll back to the top of the search results and click “see current reading list” to review and manage your list
  7. Once you are finished, navigate back to your module and publish the reading list


Managing your reading list:

  1. Click on the published reading list to edit it
  2. Divide your materials into folders, add external web links, annotate the resources, or add instructions to the reading list using the available features