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Turchin Library Resources as Course Materials

Information about how to link library resources to course materials such as syllabi or class session documents in Canvas


To stay competitive with peer institutions and to build high-quality library collections, Tulane University Libraries spend millions of dollars annually on subscription licenses for digital resources. As a result, Tulane's students and faculty have access to a vast array of published scholarly material including articles available online from about 64,000 journal titles.

Locating articles:  You can locate articles with licensed access via the Tulane campus network using the Articles+ feature of the Library Search box on the Turchin Library home page, any of the hundreds of databases available from the library Databases list, or using more generic tools like Google Scholar if configured properly.

Links to articles from the Articles+ feature of the Library Search box may be especially useful for course readings lists since they do not require a proxy server prefix to be added to the article's Permalink URL.  For basic directions in how to use the search tool see this Finding Articles in Library Search guide.

Directions for Linking

Linking from the Articles+ feature of the Library Search box on the library home page.  Articles+ has records with links to full text in other databases or journal subscription packages. You can link to the record which in turn will link students to the full text. You can also provide a link to a book or document so your students can find the call number or bibliographic information easily.

  • Locate an item using Articles+ feature of the Library Search box on the library home page
  • Click on the Item Details tab
  • Click on Save & Cite
  • Click on Permalink to display the article's persistent URL link









Copy and paste the resulting Permalink that is displayed (see below) into the course document you intend to provide through Canvas. You do not need to add any proxy information if you use the Permalink from the Articles+ feature of the Library Search box on the library home page.

Otherwise, to link directly to an article on a licensed publisher platform accessible via the library you will want to add the proxy server URL prefix described earlier on this guide to the article's persistent link on this platform.  An example would be creating a useable link directly to an article on the platform of a publisher such as JSTOR, Project Muse, ScienceDirect, EBSCOhost, and the like.  In JSTOR, persistent links are called stable URLs.  On other platforms, persistent links are often called Permalinks or DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers).

For example, locate an article in JSTOR. At the top, you will see a citation and an image of the journal. To the right, there is a link called Article Stable URL. Copy the URL.

Now you can create an external link in Canvas. To do so, in front of the URL you need to add the prefix:

Your URL should now look like this:

Include this resulting proxied persistent link with the citation to the item in your course document.

This will allow off-campus students to log in to the Tulane network and access the article.

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