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Integrating Library Content in Canvas

This is a comprehensive guide to help instructors and librarians provide the best resources for students via Canvas.

What is the Reading List Maker?

  • It is an external tool in Canvas that is designed for instructors to create and modify their library reading lists.  
  • It allows instructors to search for, organize, and deploy our library materials in Canvas modules using Discover@MU. 
  • Discover@MU is MU's branding of the EBSCO Discovery Services for the Libraries and is the search engine that appears on the home page of

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Written Tutorial

1. Log in to Canvas.

2. Choose a course and then navigate to the Modules tab.

3. Select the plus button (+) at the top of the module that you want to add the readings to.

4. In the drop down menu, choose External Tool and from there select Discover@MU Reading List Maker and Add Item.

4.1 Add Item

5. Modify the title of your new tool by selecting Edit from the drop down menu seen below.




6.  Click on your new title and you will be able to do searches for the readings in Discover@MU, directly from Canvas.

7.  You may apply limiters to your search on the left-hand side of the screen, clicking Update once you do so.

8.  When you have found the article(s) or resource(s) you want to assign, click on Add to Reading List.


9. See the reading list you have created to view more options to add notes or organized your readings in folders.

10. Finally, go back to Modules and make sure to publish it.