Holman Library

A link to Holman Library is automatically available from all Canvas classrooms. Use the information below to learn more about using the library in Canvas, to customize where the library appears in your Canvas classroom, to add your class research guide and other library resources to your Canvas classroom, and to upload information literacy content to your Canvas classroom.

Additional library resources for Canvas are available in the Holman Library Resources course. This course enables you to import content from the Holman Library Resources modules into your own Canvas classroom. To see if Holman Library Resources shows up on your full course list, select "Courses > View All Courses" from the Canvas left menu.  If you do not see Holman Library Resources in your course list, please contact Jerry Marshall at e-Learning to be added.

We will update and add new content to Holman Library Resources. Please contact Katie Cunnion with your suggestions, questions, or other feedback.

Click the section titles below to learn more.

Using the library in Canvas

The Holman Library link in Canvas opens a dynamic library page directly from your Canvas classroom. That enables students to search for materials and use other library resources in another browser tab. Students will be prompted to enter an SID to access database content and other proprietary resources.

From the library homepage, you can direct students to books and articles; research guides on citations, using databases, and many other How Do I topics; and help from a librarian.

Please note that while Canvas works best in Chrome, occasionally library resources will work best in Internet Explorer or Firefox. If a library link will not open, please try it again with another browser outside of Canvas.

Adding a research guide to your Canvas classroom

Faculty may embed an individualized class research guide and/or another research guide directly into Canvas. You may replace the library homepage in the navigation bar on the left with your class research guide by hiding the library homepage and adding your own research guide. The URL for your individualized class research guide is found in the header of the research guide, under the guide title.

Other resource guides of particular interest include:

You may browse for a list of All Research Guides, including Research Basics and a series of How Do I guides.

To add a research guide to your Canvas classroom follow the video guide or step-by-step instructions below.

Use Internet Explorer to view a Video demonstration of how to add a custom research guide to your Canvas navigation bar.

Step by step instructions:

  1. Open your Canvas course.
  2. Select Settings from the navigation bar of the course (not the top task bar).
  3. Select the tab: Apps.
  4. Click on: See some LTI tools.
  5. That opens a new window with LTI Apps. Search for and select Redirect Tool.
  6. At URL Redirect, type or paste in the URL of the link you want to add. ( Be sure to replace the https:// with http:// ).
  7. Check the box next to: Enable Course Navigation to add the guide to the course navigation menu.
  8. At configuration URL: select and copy it. You will paste that into settings in Canvas.
  9. Go back to your Canvas Settings screen and click on Add App.
  10. At configuration type, select By URL.
  11. Type the name of your link at Name (e.g. "Academic Honesty").
  12. Type in anything for consumer key and shared secret (0 works).
  13. Paste in the code from the previous page at Config URL.
  14. Click Submit.
  15. Reload page and the new navigational link will show up.
Note: If you are in Google Chrome and the Holman Library page or your research guide won't load in your Canvas classroom, left click on the shield that appears in the URL bar next to the bookmark star and then select: Load unsafe script.

This video from our eLearning office shows how to do this: What to do if Tegrity or the Holman Library pages won't load when using Google Chrome.

To hide the Holman Library link in the Navigation Bar:

  1. Click on Select Navigation Links under Next Steps (bottom of the page in your Canvas classroom) OR click on Settings and the Navigation tab.
  2. Drag Holman Library to the bottom to hide it.
  3. You will also use this screen to move your custom class research guide where you want it in the course navigation.

Streaming Video in Canvas

Films on Demand is a database of educational streaming video. Films on Demand includes content from television (PBS, Nightline, Frontline, American Experience, etc.), TED talks, and thousands of documentary and educational films across subjects and disciplines.

Films on Demand and YouTube Embed Tool - plays video in Canvas

You can embed a Films on Demand video anywhere in Canvas that shows the rich-text editing tools, such as content pages and course announcements. We have a step-by-step guide with screenshots available to help you embed Films on Demand videos directly in your courses.

You can also use the "More External Tools" option to embed YouTube videos into a Canvas class.

screenshot of the Films on Demand embed tool menu in Canvas

Linking to a Films on Demand or a PBS Video Collection film - opens in a new tab or window outside of Canvas

  1. Cut and paste the permanent Segment (a segment is like a chapter) or Title Record URL into your Canvas page (it’s located in a box beneath the video summary). In the PBS Video Collection, this link will also be below the video (click where it says "Embed/Link" to access it.)  Tip: Do not use the URL from your browser bar. That URL is specific to that viewing and will not work for the next session 

    screenshot of a Films on Demand video URL link


  2. Have students open the link in another tab, outside of Canvas.

    Advantage: It's easy. Students and faculty only need to enter an SID or EID to log in, once they follow the link.

    Disadvantage: It's just a link on a page.

  3. Use a screenshot of the video and link it to the video Segment or Title URL. Open outside of Canvas. 
      • Take a screenshot, use snipping tool, or use another screen capture tool to take a picture of the video. Save it to your computer files.
      • On the right side of your working page in Canvas, under Insert Content into the Page, select Images. Find the picture you want to upload and click on it to insert it into your page.
      • To add a link to the video, highlight the image, select link (the chain above) and insert the URL (permanent segment or title URL) found below the video. That will make your picture of the video link directly to the video itself.
      • Log in with an SID or EID to view the video.



    Advantages: Visually more engaging. Not difficult.

    Disadvantage: A few more steps than just pasting in a permanent link.

Adding the IRIS research tutorial to your Canvas classroom

IRIS, or Information and Research Instruction Suite, is a collection of self-paced introductory research lessons created by librarians at Clark College. You may download individual lesson modules or the entire suite as a module.


  • Tips for Getting Started
  • Explore Sources
  • Find Information
  • Evaluating Information
  • Use Information Effectively – which addresses plagiarism


  • IRIS review
  • What Do You Need to Know about Plagiarism and How to Avoid It?

To add any or all IRIS modules to your classroom, follow these steps:

From your Canvas classroom-

  1. Click on Settings
  2. At Course Details (first tab) click on Import Content into this Course (on right)
  3. Click on Copy content from another Canvas course
  4. You may search for Holman Library Resources or select it from the drop down list. If you do not see the Holman Library Resource course listed, please email Jerry Marshall for access.
  5. It will verify that you mean the Holman Library Resources course.
  6. Select Copy from this Course.
  7. Uncheck the box next to Copy everything from Holman Library Resources.
  8. Check only the content you want to copy. (We have modules, quizzes and pages.)
  9. Click Import Course Content and it will upload to your Canvas classroom.

Adding plagiarism and Academic Honesty resources

In addition, or as an alternative, to IRIS plagiarism resources, you may upload the Academic Honesty for Students research guide.

The Academic Honesty for Students research guide provides students with a working definition of academic honesty and plagiarism; introduces citations; addresses what students don’t need to cite, unintentional plagiarism, paraphrasing, good work habits, group work, and consequences of academic dishonesty; and directs students to library and online resources and tutorials on citing sources, plagiarism, copyright and fair use, and writing skills. There is also a tab with links to help from a librarian.

Evaluating information resources

Students can easily find information, but is it good information? Appropriate for their purposes?

Copy one of our Evaluating Information checklists for use in your class.

  • The CRAAP test asks: Does that information belong in your academic project or is it ... CRAAP? Evaluation criteria are: Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.
  • ASPECT is part of the IRIS information suite created by Clark College. It stands for: Evaluating Information: Examine every A.S.P.E.C.T.: Authority, Sources, Purpose, Evenness of Coverage, and Timeliness.
  • ABC-R is a pared down evaluation checklist that asks: It was easy to find, but is it the right info? Assess: Authority, Bias, Currency, and Relevance.

Online NoodleTools Citation Workshop

If you would like to offer your students an online version of our introduction to citations and using the NoodleTools citation management tool, it is available as a self-paced Canvas courseJust add a link to the workshop in your class-no special enrollment needed.