Once your Canvas account is configured to use ProQuest as an External Tool by your Canvas administrator, you will be able to search for ProQuest documents from within Canvas, select them, and embed them directly for viewing within Canvas courses and assignments. The advantage of this method is that users will be able to read external documents from ProQuest without leaving Canvas, and users will not be prompted to authenticate.

This document describes the process of adding a ProQuest document as an item within a course module, embedding a ProQuest document within a Canvas assignment, and adding a link to a ProQuest document using the assignment page’s rich text editor.
 

Embedding a ProQuest document as an item within a course module

 
  1. After logging into Canvas, select Courses from the left menu and select the course where you would like to embed a ProQuest document. Note that you will need course editing privileges to proceed.
  2. For an existing module, select the + sign at the right to add a content item. If you don’t have a module, you can add one with the + Module button.

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  1. From the Add dropdown, select External Tool
  2. From the list of External Tools that appears in the popup, select the ProQuest external tool. The name of this tool is variable and is set by the Canvas administrator.
  3. A frame will open and display the home page of the ProQuest platform configured for your Canvas account.
  4. You can search and browse within this frame to find the document you wish to link to.
  5. Once identified, the document display page will have a Select this document button near the top of the page. Use this button to select the document you’d like to embed in your module.

A screenshot of the ProQuest LTI application running within a window in Canvas. A document view page is shown. Above the document, there is a "Select this document" button.
 
  1. This will return you to the Add Item form in Canvas. Scroll down and enter a meaningful Page Name.
  2. Click the Add Item button to complete the addition of the link. Click the new link. It should open a new frame directly to the document page identified above, without requiring authentication to ProQuest.
 

Embedding a ProQuest document within a Canvas assignment

 
  1. While editing an assignment, find the Submission Type menu below the rich text editor. In the associated dropdown menu, select External Tool.
  2. Select the Find button and a Configure External Tool pop-up menu will be displayed.
  3. Choose the ProQuest external tool. The name of this tool is variable and is set by the Canvas administrator. A frame will open and display the home page of the ProQuest platform associated with this tool.
  4. You can search and browse within this frame to find the document you wish to link to.
  5. Once identified, the document display page will have a Select this document button near the top of the page. Use this button to select the document you’d like to embed in your assignment.
  6. This will return you to the Configure External Tool form. Finish the process with the Select button.
  7. Save your assignment to view a preview of your assignment and to verify that the process was successful.
 

Adding a link to a ProQuest document using the assignment page’s rich text editor

 
  1. Select the text you would like to convert into a document link.
  2. Select the PQ icon in the toolbar of the rich text editor.
 A screenshot of the rich text editor in an assignment page within Canvas. Text is selected and there is a circle calling attention to the PQ icon among the text editor options.
  1. A frame will open and display the home page of the ProQuest platform associated with this tool.
  2. You can search and browse within this frame to find the document you wish to link to.
  3. Once identified, the document display page will have a Select this document button near the top of the page. Use this button to select the document you’d like to embed in your assignment.
  4. You should now have a working link to a ProQuest document within your assignment description.
  5. Save your assignment to view a preview of your assignment. Click the link to verify that the process was successful.