How do I link to Library Resources in Canvas?


The easiest way to provide access to library resources in Canvas is to link directly to the resource. This way you ensure that you are complying with copyright laws.

If your resource is available via IUCAT, then the IUCAT link will work for on- or off-campus users. They will be prompted for their IU Login by clicking the link to the resource in IUCAT.

If you want to link directly to an e-book or article (for example, in EBSCO, JSTOR, or ProQuest) then you would want to make sure you are using the persistent or stable URL. You also need to add the proxy prefix – which is The proxy prefix will allow off-campus users to access the resource. Adding the proxy does not hinder on-campus access, and is necessary for off-campus access.

You might also find Reading Lists helpful. This external tool in Canvas allows you to create lists of library resources and links directly to library resources. Doing the work for you!


  • Last Updated May 16, 2024
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  • Answered By Sara Lowe

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