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What does the Library offer?

  • The Library has access to over 150+ databases with diverse content
  • It is easy to link students to this content directly through Canvas
  • Some sites allow for embedding in Canvas, including the new "Reading List" tool
  • Embed educational films and clips from streaming collections

How to Use Library Content

New Permalink instructions for O'Reilly Media Higher Education (Safari eBooks) below.

Sharing Library Resources: Linking and Proxy Server

Permalinks and the MiraCosta College Library Proxy Server

  1. Using Library Databases, locate the link to the article/eBook/etc you wish to link to (in your LMS, web page, an email, etc.)

  2. The link is usually labeled Stable URL, Permalink, or Bookmark (the Browser URL is not always the permalink)

  3. To ensure off-campus access, the URL must redirect through the MCC Proxy Server where users log-in with SURF id and password.

  4. If the URL already contains "" you do not need to modify the URL, just copy and paste the link.

  5. To add the proxy server redirect to the URL, follow one of the examples below.

  6. Example: 



Quick Tip: "External Tools" in Canvas

Use the External Tools feature in Canvas Pages to embed videos and other library resources. For example, selecting Films On Demand opens a search for films by keyword, then select with the Embed button. Watch: Video on using External Tools in Canvas. Note: Use Firefox browser to use External Tools for Academic One File (articles) and Gale Virtual Reference Library (topic overviews and reference book articles).

Sharing Library Resources: Linking and Embedding

Canvas: Quick Embed Instructions for Kanopy streaming

Visit Kanopy and locate the film you wish to link to or embed.

  • Embed (Recommended): To embed the video player in Canvas and play the video directly in Canvas, copy the embed code in the Share tool of Kanopy, then paste it as shown below in the Canvas "Insert/edit Media" tool.
  • Link: the link can be placed on Canvas pages, links will send the student to the Kanopy site after SURF id authentication.