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Are you finding broken links to library articles in your Canvas courses? This guide can help!

Are you finding broken links to library articles in your Canvas courses?

Some URLs for library databases have changed recently to address content security issues, so if you have any links to library materials, it’s a good time to check them. The old library URLs included the word moe at the beginning of the URL. The new URLs have the word bow in them.

Here are some ideas for how to check your Canvas links to library materials.

1. Check out this Canvas guide on validating links by clicking the link below.
2. Use the Search option in Canvas (it’s in the upper right corner in Canvas) to search for links containing the word moe. See example below.

Screen shot from Canvas showing the search button

3. Search the library databases using the article title to locate the correct link. If you’re not sure how to do this, check out our Google doc linked below.

Remember, library resources (ebook, articles, and streaming videos) are excellent resources for course content. And linking to library resources serves two purposes:

  1. Library resources are free to students, and direct links to them make it easier for students to access.
  2. Helps you abide by copyright laws.

Yes, you read that last one correctly. Although the licenses for databases vary, many don’t allow you to download copies of articles (such as a pdf) and post them on another site, even within Canvas. Linking to articles in the library databases bypasses the copyright issue because you’re not making a copy. It’s also recommended that you put a citation for the article in your Canvas course (for proper attribution and to model best practices to students). Luckily, many of the library databases have a feature that provides citations in different formats. Just look for words such as “Cite” or “Citation” to locate those.

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