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Library Resources in Canvas

This guide provides directions instructors for utilizing library resources in a Canvas course.

Adding Leganto to your Canvas Course

You can add Leganto to your Canvas course in a few easy steps.

  • Log into your Canvas course.
  • Select Settings on the bottom of your left side navigation. On the settings screen, click the Navigation tab at the top of the screen.
  • Find Course Materials. Click Course Materials and drag it to where you would like it to appear in your left side navigation.
  • Click the red Save at the bottom.
  • Course materials should now appear on the left side navigation.

Creating a Reading List

Launching Leganto

  • If you are not there already, navigate to the Course Materials section of your Canvas course.
  • You should now see the Leganto interface. Your screen should look like the figure below.

Setting up a blank list

  • To create a new list, click + New List in the top right.
  • If you don't see the + New List button, email
  • A pop-up box will appear. Enter a title of the list and a brief description. Click the create button.
  • Select Blank as your template.
  • You will be asked to associate your list with a course. We will do this later. Skip it for now by selecting Not Now.
  • You can now start adding items to your list.

Adding Resources

Adding Resources

  • You can add resources to individual sections by clicking the + button on the right.
  • This should open a search library dialog box.
  • By default, you will search in Discover, but you can change this setting by selecting another option in the Search in Drop-down menu. The other search options are Discover Local, Course Reserves, Research Guides, and Alma.
  • For most cases, leaving the defaults (Simple Search in Discover) will be appropriate. Enter in a search term in the text box, and click search.
  • You can also search by Title, Author, ISBN, and ISSN by selecting the Advance Search Tab. 
  • From this interface, you can also manually upload files.
  • Your results will appear in the dialog box below your search query.
  • Click the resource you want to add and click the blue ADD button. Note: clicking this button multiple times will add the item to your list each time.

  • You can continue at add as many resources as you would like.
  • Once your resource has been successful added you will see a green Added to list below the item in your search results.
  • Exit out of the search dialog box to return to your reading list, where each of the items you added should now appear. Electronic resources will be marked as complete and print resources will be marked as in progress.
  • Students can view online resources by clicking View online.
    • If there is only one entry point it will automatically open a new tab with the resource.
    • If there are multiple options, it will list all the relevant databases.
    • All the links go through the library preventing potential access problems. This will also let the Libraries know what resources are being utilized. 

Managing Your List

Creating Sections

We can break down our list into sections. This can help you organize your readings.

  • Click New Section.
  • Enter a Title. The description and dates are optional but can be helpful to your students.
  • Click Create when you are done.
  • Repeat to create more sections.
  • You can expand and collapse the sections by using the toggle section view icon near the top of the screen. 

  • To reorder sections, click on the section name and drag it to the preferred location.
  • You can edit the section information by click in the … to the right of the section name and selecting Edit Section. This will open a dialog box allowing you to change the title, dates, and description. Click save when you have made all of your changes.


Editing Resources

  • Leganto will automatically port all the metadata from Discover into your Reading List.
  • If you want to add additional information to the item, click the … beside the item title and select Edit item. This will open a dialog box where you can edit the imported metadata.  
  • You can also delete an item by clicking the … and selecting Delete Item.

  • You can designate materials as required or optional by clicking Add tags to item.
    • Then, click the Add tags box.
    • The Mandatory and Optional tags will be visible to the students.
    • The Digitize tag is currently not functional.
    • Click save when you are done adding tags.
  • Clicking on the resource will open a new page with additional editing options. Hover over the option will cause an edit button to appear.
    • You can add a Due Date to the resource.
    • You can add Public or Private Note.
      • Your students will be able to see the public note.
      • Only you can see the Private Note.
    • You can set the visibility for the citation and the actual material.
    • Note: The Library Discussion feature is not functional yet.
  • On the right sidebar, there are some features for instructors to interact with their students.
  • If you added any due dates to your readings, those dates should now appear on the right sidebar and by the resource name.
  • Resources will also have an indicator if someone has liked or left a comment on a resource.
  • You can re-order any resources by drag and dropping them in the appropriate location.

Managing Your Collection

  • You can also add resources to your Collection instead a reading list. This allows you to easily place the same material in multiple sources.
  • To start, click My Collection on the left sidebar. This will take you to your Collection page.
  • To add a new item, click the blue + ADD ITEM button.
  • This brings up the search dialog box, which functions the same as it did when you were adding items directly to your reading list.
  • After searching for a resource, click the blue ADD TO COLLECTION button.
  • When you exit the search box, you should see the new item at the top of your Collection page.
  • Go back to your reading list by clicking Reading Lists on the top left and then selecting your list.
  • Click the blue OPEN COLLECTION button.
  • Now your collection list should appear on the right sidebar. The open collection button has changed to CLOSE COLLECTION

  • To add a resource from your collection to your reading list, just click on the resource and drag it into the appropriate place in your reading list.
  • Once you are finished, click CLOSE COLLECTION.

Publishing and Sharing Your Reading List

Publishing and Associating a List with a Course

  • By default, your list is not shared with students. You need to publish it to make it visible to your students.
  • Click the … at the top of your reading list.

  • Select Publish to open the publish dialog box. When you publish your list, it will also be available to students in your course, but you have a few additional options.  
    • You can make your list available to everyone.
    • You can make it available to all OU students.
    • Or, you make choose to just make it available to your class by selecting no additional options are required.
    • You should also see a Send to the Library checkbox. Just leave this checked. It will add additional functionality in the future. See future developments for more info.

  • Once you are satisfied with your options, click the blue CONFIRM button.
  • For our final step, we need to associate the list with a course.
  • Click the and select Associate this list with a course.

  • A dialog box will appear for you to search canvas courses to which you can link your list.
  • You can search by title or code, but it is often easiest to search by your last name.
  • Once you have selected the course, click the blue Associate button. To link the list to your course.

Sharing with Colleagues

Now that you have created and published your list you may want to share the list with colleagues. You have several avenues through which to do this.

  • First, you can add OU colleagues as collaborators to your list.
    • Click Manage collaborators on the right sidebar.
    • Start typing a OU faculty or staff member’s name or email address.
    • Select the correct person when it appears.
    • Click the blue Send Invitation button.
  • If you want to send your list to a non-OU colleague, you can send them a permalink.
    • Click the at the top left, and then select the Permalink option.

  • This will open a dialog box with a link you can copy and send out.
  • Note: you must have selected to share this list with everyone when you published the list to ensure that the permalink will work.
  • Note: none OU users will not be able to access OU resources, but they will be able to see the citations.
  • You can also export your list in a variety of formats. Click the  and select Export to view the different options.
    • To .lgn file will download your list as a Leganto file. This file can be uploaded into the Leganto to recreate your exact list. The option to upload this file appears when you create a new list.
    • To word will open a dialog box, letting you chose your Bibliography format. After clicking EXPORT, your list will be downloaded.
    • To pdf will download a PDF of your citations.
    • NOTE: Exporting to word or PDF will just provide you with a citation list. It will not include any links to the resources.

Future Developments

There are a few Leganto features that are still in development. These functionalities will be added in the future.

Physical Reserves Workflow

  • Eventually, Leganto will be able to automate physical reserves requests. When you add a physical item to your reading list, the system will send a request to the Library and the book will be placed on reserved. 

Cite It Plugin

  • The Cite It Plugin will allow instructors to link to web or library resources not in discover by using a browser plugin. We are resolving EZproxy issues before a full launch of this plug in.


  • Leganto can integrate with Zotero. This feature requires additional testing before it is ready for a full launch. If you would like to test the integration, you can add Zotero by clicking your name and then User settings in the top right corner.

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