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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.

Creating Links to Online Journals

To link to an online journal you must use the following URL:

Replace the "XXXXXX" in the above link with the ISSN number for your specific journal.

To find the ISSN for your journal, follow these steps:

1. Go to the MU Libraries gateway.

2. Below and to the right of the Discover@MU search bar, click on "A specific journal" under the "Looking For?" section.

Library home page

Search for Your Journal

3. From here, enter the journal name in the search bar. Suggested journal titles will appear as you type.

4. Click the "Search" button.

Journal finder search screen

Find the ISSN

5. The results page should have the ISSN (usually an 8 digit number) located directly beneath the journal title. Add this number (without the dashes) to the URL as instructed above.

Journal Finder listing for specific journal


Add the Link to your Course in Canvas

Now, you can return to your Canvas course and paste the link you have created in the "Create External Link" menu as instructed for Canvas on the front page of this guide. Students should be able to access the journal you have linked from anywhere, on or off campus, using a username and password.


Updated 06/15/2023

What is the proxy server?

License agreements governing usage of the online resources (including e-journals, ebooks and databases) require that we ensure off-campus access is restricted to currently enrolled MU students/MU faculty and staff.  The MU Libraries maintain a proxy server for this purpose.  When creating links to licensed material, the proxy prefix ( must be placed in the URL to ensure that off-campus users are able to access.  Contact Rhonda Whithaus if you have any questions or problems with the proxy server access.