The Library provides access to many course-related Journal, eBook and Video Databases. Most of the resources contained in these databases are not freely available on the Internet. This guide provides instructions on how to add these resources to MyCanvas.

Things to note:

  • The library subscribes to many types of databases and the steps for adding links differ depending on the resource.
  • No login is required for on-campus access, but if you are off-campus, you will need to sign in with your 9-digit Staff ID and the password you currently use for MyMohawk.
  • Databases offer resources in alternate formats (e.g. students can listen to articles) so linking to them can help students with different learning styles.
  • Database content is copyright-cleared. You do not need to contact the publisher to use it.
  • It is best practice to provide a full citation whenever you're linking to online material that takes a student outside of Canvas. For one, it is a requirement of the Copyright Policy and as well, links can break. If students have the citation, they can find the material another way.

Did You Know?

Equally authoritative, potentially more current, and most importantly 'free' resources from the Library's collection can replace or complement the expensive resources purchased by students from publishers. These resources are not technically 'free', as they have been purchased by the Library to support academic research and learning. More rightly called, affordable course content (ACC), they can remove the added stress on students of earning or owing the average $1000 a year required to purchase course material.

Resources are not limited to readings, but include videos and other media. Between Library resources and exploring OER (open educational resources), you can curate and create current, engaging course resources that showcase your subject matter expertise without adding economic burden to students.

Connect with your Faculty Liaison Librarian to collaborate on saving your students' money and stress levels or to access the research on ACC | OER on student success and retention.

Learn more about Affordable Course Content.

Add a Link to a Page

  1. Copy the resource's appropriate link from the library's databases (e.g. EBSCOhost, Films on Demand, etc.).
  2. Access the Page where you wish to insert your link and go to edit mode.
  3. Place your cursor where you wish to insert or highlight the text that will link to the resource.
  4. Click on the link | chain icon on the toolbar and choose "External Links".
  5. Paste the link in the "Link" field. The "Text" field will already display your chosen, highlighted text or you can add your own title here.
  6. Click "Done".

screenshot of adding external links to canvas

screenshot of inserting a link in canvas