Follow these instructions to place an URL to electronic library resources in Canvas.
1. Open Modules
2. In Course Navigation, click the Modules link
3. Click the Add Item button
4. Click the Add [Item Type] To: drop-down menu and select the External URL option
Type or paste the URL in the URL field . Give your External URL a Page Name . To have the URL open in a new browser tab, click the Load in a new tab checkbox . Choose whether or not to indent the item in the module drop-down menu . To add the item to the module, click the Add Item button .
View the link in the module. A hyperlink icon indicates the item is an external URL link. To publish an external URL, click the unpublished icon. The hover text will confirm you want to publish the external URL.
Note: When adding an External URL to a module, the dialog box includes an option to load the URL in a new browser tab. When this option is selected, Canvas will display the page to students outside of Canvas. If the External URL is part of a module requirement, Canvas will also register the progression so that the module footer will appear and allow the student to advance to the next module item. When this option is not selected, the content is embedded in an iFrame for easy viewing. However, some sites have disabled embedding and require users to open the content in a new window. Users can open the link in a new window by right-clicking the link and selecting the option to view in a new window or tab.
For additional information please visit the Canvas Instructor Guide
For help determining the stable URL or DOI please contact Reserve staff at the Main Library, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, or any branch library for assistance.
Main Library Reserve Services:
Phone: (319) 335‐5944 or E‐Mail: lib‐firstname.lastname@example.org
Hardin Library Reserve Services:
Phone: (319) 335‐6686 or E‐Mail: lib‐hardin‐email@example.com
Distance Education Coordinator, Dan Gall: Phone (877) 807‐9587 or
For additional resources, please visit the Canvas Instructor Guide