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Library Hacks

Your tech toolbox for using and sharing library resources.


Use this page to learn about the different ways to seamlessly incorporate the Library directly into Canvas!

Linking to Library Content

When can I link to library content?

  • Link to library content whenever you want to assign specific reading materials to students that the library has in either the catalog or in one of our database offerings.
  • If you want to recommend a search source, you can use the FIU Libraries LTI Tool to share a direct link to a database.

Which link should I share?

  • The link in your browser window is not stable and is unlikely to work for your students. Do not simply copy/paste the URL in the browser window.
  • Instead, look in the toolbox or menu of the database to locate a permalink or stable URL or a database-provided link to the resource.

Is there a good reason to do this?

  • The permalink will always route students through the appropriate authentication method and back into the resource. This process should be seamless.
  • Since most of our resources authenticate through Open Athens, if students click on a link in Canvas their SSO credentials should pass through and they may not even be required to log in again.
  • FIU Libraries and vendors manage the Full Text of the document. Therefore, we handle access for copyright issues and we ensure accessibility of the document.

Does this work every time?

  • We cannot guarantee that any piece of technology works perfectly every single time. There can be hiccups in the process. Please reach out if you have any problems linking to resources and our team will get to the bottom of the issue.