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Library Reading Lists in Canvas

Adding Citations to a List

There are multiple ways to add citations to the sections in your reading lists. Each one is demonstrated in a video below.

Use the Search feature to find readings already in the library. This is the best way to add readings when you already know the title and author. 

Use the Cite It! Widget to add citations from websites. This is helpful for TED Talks, other articles, etc. Note: Be sure to check the citation information after you use this method. You will also need to be logged into Canvas in order to use this method.

Use the Upload feature for documents you already own. This is useful if you have powerpoints or other documents you have your students read.

Adding Citations from the Library

The first way to add course materials to your reading list is to use the Search feature.  This feature is connected to CLICsearch, the library's catalog, and thus is a quick and easy way to add readings accessible through the library to your course.  

Step 1

Begin by clicking the plus sign near the right of the page.  You will notice the right column will change to include a search bar.

Step 2

Enter in a title or author and click Search.

Step 3

Scroll down to look at results.  When you find a reading you'd like to add to your list, click on it to open an expanded view.  Make sure the correct section is showing at the bottom, and then click Add.

Step 4

The reading should soon appear under the designated section within your reading list.  Repeat with more readings as desired.

Adding Citations from the Web

If you'd like to add a resource not available through the library but readily accessible on the Web, you can also do that.  Thankfully, there is a citation tool that allows you to directly add online content to your reading list.

Step 1

Before you can add online content to your reading list, you need to install the "Cite It" tool as a bookmark.  To do this, click on your name at the top right to open up a menu.  Click on "Cite It"

Step 2

In the new window that appeared, click and drag the blue "Cite It" button to your bookmarks toolbar or folder.  

Step 3

In a separate tab or window, open up the Web resource you'd like to add to your reading list, be it a newspaper or magazine article, video, or other presentation.  In this case, I found a TED Talk.  Click on the Cite It bookmark you just created.  A popup window should appear below.  Notice how  the information about the video  was added automatically.

Step 4

Within this new popup window, double check to make sure the information is correct.  Scroll down to select to which reading list this content should be added (by selecting the menu, you should see reading lists for all your courses).  Below that, you can also select which section to which you'd like to add this content (in this case, Videos).  Finally, click "Add & Close" to officially add this content to your list.

 

Step 5

Checking back on our reading list, we see that the video is positioned exactly where we directed

Adding Citations from Files on Your Computer

If you have a file on your computer (i.e. PDF, Powerpoint, etc.) that you would like your students to read for class, you can do this as well.  

Step 1

Select the plus sign (+) to add content.  Then, within the new side menu on the right, select the "Create" tab.

Step 2

Scroll down a bit within this new sidebar window until you see a blue box that says "Drag files here to upload them."  Either click on this box and browse for your file, or drag and drop the file into this blue box.  Either way, with the file uploaded, click "Add"

Step 3

With the file uploaded, begin entering the bibliographic information, if applicable (title, author, publication, date, page numbers, etc.)

Step 4

When all the bibliographic information has been added, scroll to the bottom and select which section to which you would like to add this new document (in this case, I've chosen Textbook).  When finished, click "Add"

Step 5

Looking back at the list, you should now see the document appear within the designated section.