Linking in Canvas

Link to library resources in Canvas using permalinks. Learn how below.

Why Use Permalinks?

We recommend using permalinks because they:

  • Help you avoid violating copyright, which commonly occurs when instructors upload copyrighted PDFs to Canvas;
  • Work off-campus;
  • Don’t break over time.

How to Find Permalinks

Permalink locations vary by database, so we detailed how to find them below.

SuperSearch
  1. Select the title in the search results.
  2. Select [image] from the menu.
  3. Select the link.
  4. Select CTRL + C to copy the link.
  5. Select CTRL + V to paste the link into Canvas or into your syllabus.
EBSCO Databases

Examples
EBSCO databases include Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, CINAHL Plus, MegaFile, Points of View, PsycARTICLES, PsycINFO, PsycTESTS.

How to Find Permalinks in EBSCO Databases

  1. Select the title in the search results.
  2. Select [image] from the menu.
  3. Select the link.
  4. Select CTRL + C to copy the link.
  5. Select CTRL + V to paste the link into Canvas or into your syllabus.
EBSCO eBooks
  1. Select the title of the ebook in your search results to open the EPUB/full text version.
  2. Select the permalink icon.
  3. Select the link.
  4. Select CTRL + C to copy the link
  5. Select CTRL + V to paste the link into Canvas or into your syllabus.
ProQuest Databases

Examples
ProQuest databases include US NewsStream newspapers, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, etc.

How to Find Permalinks in ProQuest Databases

  1. Select the title of the resource.
  2. Select All Options. The permalink will appear at the top of the pop-up box.
  3. Select the link.
  4. Select CTRL + C to copy the link
  5. Select CTRL + V to paste the link into Canvas or into your syllabus.
Films on Demand - Business and Economics Videos
  1. Select a streaming video title.
  2. Select Share.
  3. Select Embed/Link.
  4. Select CTRL + C to copy the link
  5. Select CTRL + V to paste the link into Canvas or into your syllabus.
Alexander Street Press - Counseling and Therapy in Video
  1. Select a streaming video title.
  2. Select Share.
  3. Select Copy Permalink.
  4. Select CTRL + V to paste the link into Canvas or into your syllabus.
OVID Nurse Anesthesia Journals
  1. Open the full text of an article.
  2. Select Email Jumpstart link. A pop-up box will appear with the persistent link, called a Jumpstart URL.
  3. Select CTRL + C to copy the link.
  4. Select CTRL + V to paste the link into Canvas or into your syllabus.

Adding Permalinks to Canvas

Once you’ve found the permalink, you can add it to your Canvas course using the instructions below.

  1. Log into Canvas and open your course from the dashboard.
  2. Open the module, page, announcement, or other section where you’d like to link to the resource.
  3. Select Edit.
  4. Type the text that you would like to link to your resource.
  5. Highlight the text with your mouse.
  6. Select the link icon in the text editing menu.
  7. If prompted with the dropdown, select External Links.
  8. Copy and paste the resource’s permalink into the Link field.
  9. Select Done.

Creating Permalinks for Off-Campus Access

Some databases and resources generate permalinks that don’t automatically include our prefix, which prevents off-campus students from having access. You’re likely to run into this when linking to videos from Psychotherapy.net and journal articles from Taylor & Francis, Sage, and Emerald, among others. Here are two ways to address that issue:

  1. Link to the item’s record in SuperSearch.
    This is the easiest method. Simply link to the item’s record in SuperSearch as described under SuperSearch and other EBSCO databases in the database chart above. When students click the permalink, they’ll be taken to the SuperSearch record. From there, they can click a full-text link on the left side to open the resource itself.
  2. Manually add the prefix to the beginning of the item’s persistent link.
    A St. Mary’s persistent link consists of two parts: the off-campus prefix that allows only the St. Mary’s community to access the copyrighted material; and either a DOI or the database’s own persistent link to the item. This method is a little trickier, but if you prefer, here’s how to add the prefix:

     

    1. Copy one of the following Saint Mary’s off-campus login prompts below:
      Persistent links: http://ezproxy.smumn.edu/login?url=
      DOIs: http://ezproxy.smumn.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/
    2. Paste the Saint Mary’s off-campus login prompt directly before the item’s persistent link or DOI, with no spaces.
      Examples:
      Persistent link:
      DOI number:

Note: Some databases do not provide persistent links or DOIs for articles. If you encounter this issue, please contact us.

Other Internet Links

Some resources don’t need a permalink that includes the Saint Mary’s prefix. This includes anything that you can access directly online without going through the library’s website, such as open access journal articles, blog posts, news articles, and more.

For example, this open-access article from PubMed Central at the National Institutes of Health is freely available online. In this case, the link that appears in the web address bar at the top of the page is a persistent link, so you can just copy and paste it into your course.

Tip: When assigning articles from major U.S. newspapers, try linking to the resource in ProQuest’s U.S. Newsstream database to help students avoid paywalls.

Questions?

If you have any questions about best practices for linking to online resources, please contact us!