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Support for Teaching: Adding Readings to Canvas

Linking to an ebook or electronic resources

Ebooks and electronic resources have a unique URL which can be incorporated into QOL, Canvas or Reading Lists. It is important to take the URL from the Library Catalogue as it will include some extra address details (for example, the QUB proxy server) which will enable access to the resource off-campus. (If you use the URL that appears in your address bar it may not work off-campus).

The easiest way to get the secure URL for a database or ebook is to search for the title in the Library Catalogue, right click on the Resource link and select Copy link address.

  • For example, search the Library Catalogue for Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Hover the mouse over the word Resource and right click. Select Copy link address and paste this link into the required location in Canvas.


  • For this ebook, click on Queen's Online Resource (Queen's Staff and Students only)

  • To embed the link in text within a Word document, highlight the text, right click, select Hypertext


  • Print or Ebooks with more than one copy may have additional library records.

If you wish to link to the library record for a book in print or eformat, please use the persistent link found at the bottom of the Library Catalogue record.

Linking to a journal article

There are 3 options:

1. Direct link to doi

You can link directly to most electronic articles, but it is important to include the proxy server address in your link to ensure it will work off campus. If you are working from a pc on campus this won’t appear. The proxy may be embedded in the link you're using and this short clip explains how to identify it.

Where the proxy isn't identified on the publisher or provider's webpage, then you'll need to edit the URL to include it. The proxy server address is:

Where possible, use the journal article digital object identifier (doi). This is a unique url which ensures that even if the article moves location from one website to another, it can still be found.

The doi is usually found on the first page of the article – for example:



To create a complete url, copy and paste the proxy address making sure it is not hyperlinked and then add the doi and press return.

The link can be embedded in the text by highlighting the reference, right click, select hyperlink and copy and paste the url into the Address field.


2. Link to journal record in Library Catalogue

An alternative to using the doi is to link to the persistent link of the journal record in the Library Catalogue. This is found near the bottom of the Library catalogue page for each journal title and facilitates access to all of the journal at a top level from where the user can select year, volume, issue and article. For example:


3. Where the Library does not provide access to a journal article which students are required to use, you may make use of the Scanned extracts service. The link will be sent to you directly by the Library and you can embed it in the required location within Canvas.