Library Course Materials

The Kathryn A. Martin Library is happy to announce the full launch of our Library Course Materials service, an integration of Library Research Guides, and Course Reserves with Canvas.

Students have quick access to research help, ebooks, scholarly articles, databases, and faculty curated electronic and physical reserves. Instructors will have the convenience of library expertise, research guides, and the ability to manage their reserves in Canvas.

What are Library Course Materials?

Library Course Materials are the integration of two learning tools in Canvas:

  • UMD librarians use Research Guides to curate resources for disciplines, majors, and courses. There are currently 200 Guides available. Librarians can work with instructors to create content specific for a class, assignment, or discipline.
  • Course Reserves provides access to course materials selected by the instructor as well as course required e-books purchased through UMD's Course Content Support Initiative. Types of materials that can be added to Course Reserves include:
    • Physical books
    • Media items
    • Kits
    • PDFs
    • Library licensed electronic resources 

What do I need to do to use Library Course Materials?

A Library Course Page link will appear in the left hand navigation of all Canvas course sites.

Research Guides began appearing in all Canvas courses in Fall 2019. Most course research guides are a general guide for the discipline, field, or major. Instructors can request a course-specific Research Guide by consulting their subject librarian

If you placed material on course reserves, you're all set; since your existing course reserves content will how up in the Library Course Materials link in Canvas. You can create and edit your own course reserves list of library-owned materials, or upload your own personal content. Copyright and fair use laws apply.

If you prefer, library staff can manage your course reserves list. The process for putting materials on course reserves has not changed, as shown on the Faculty Course Reserves page 

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