Holman Library


Holman Library is automatically loaded into 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.

You will find all library resources for Canvas in the Canvas classroom Holman Library Resources. Faculty members are automatically enrolled in the Holman Library Resources Canvas Course. This enables you to import content from HLR into your own Canvas classroom. If you don’t see Holman Library Resources in your course list, select View All Courses and Past Enrollments. If you are still not registered in Holman Library Resources, please contact Jerry Marshall at e-Learning to be added.

We will update and add new content to Holman Library Resources. Please contact Jody Segal 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 into your Canvas classroom. That enables students to search for materials and use other library resources from within your classroom. 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 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:

  • Citations Guide:
  • Academic Honesty for Students Guide:

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.
  3. Select the tab: Apps.
  4. On that page, it says: Click here to see some LTI tools. Click where it says here.
  5. That opens a new tab with LTI Apps. Select Redirect Tool.
  6. At link name: add the name of your class research guide (or whatever you want to call your class subject guide) - e.g. HIST215 Research Guide.
  7. At URL Redirect, type in the URL of the link you want to add – e.g. (To find the URL for your class research guide, select subject and class guides from the library homepage and find your guide by subject area.) Copy the URL found in the header.

    Here’s the link to the research guides homepage where you can find your own guide:

  8. Select Show in Course Navigation, if you want the link to be added to the left course navigation menu.
  9. At configuration URL: select and copy it. You will paste that into settings in Canvas.
  10. Go back to your Canvas Settings screen and click on Add New App.
  11. Type the name of your link at Name e.g. HIST215 Research Guide.
  12. Type in anything for consumer key and shared secret (0 works).
  13. At configuration type, select URL.
  14. Paste in the code from the previous page.
  15. Click Submit.
  16. Reload page and the new navigational link will show up.

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 streaming videos do not embed reliably in Canvas, so we have work-arounds.

To add a Films on Demand video to your Canvas classroom you may do any of the following:

  1. Cut and paste the permanent Segment (a segment is like a chapter) or Title URL into your Canvas page (it’s located in a box beneath the video summary). Have students open the link in another tab, outside of Canvas. 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.


    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.

  2. Use a screenshot of the video and link it to the video Segment or Title URL. Open outside of Canvas. This has the look of an embedded video, and it works in 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.

  3. You can embed YouTube videos or TED talks directly into your Canvas classroom using the links in the task bar at the top of the Canvas page, instead of embedding them from Films on Demand.

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:

  1. From your Canvas classroom
  2. Click on Settings
  3. At Course Details (first tab) click on Import Content into this Course (on right)
  4. Click on Copy content from another Canvas course
  5. You may search for Holman Library Resources or select it from the drop down list. It should show up for all faculty members.
  6. It will verify that you mean HLR.
  7. Select Copy from this Course.
  8. Uncheck the box next to Copy everything from Holman Library Resources.
  9. Check only the content you want to copy. (We have modules, quizzes and pages.)
  10. 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.