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Integrating Library Resources into Canvas

Important Note About Instructions in this Guide

The instructions provided in this guide assume that you are working from off-campus and are prompted to login to your My Reynolds to find resources in the library databases for your course section/s. These instructions also assume that you are NOT using or connected to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) such as Global Protect. If you do use a VPN, make sure to disconnect before you follow the instructions in this guide. If you are working from on campus or are connected to a VPN from off-campus, the proxy server information you should see in a URL (e.g., will not appear in the URL and as such, students will not be able to authenticate through the proxy server and access these library database resources from off campus.

Proxy Server & URL Prefix

The library's licensed databases available through Reynolds Libraries, VCCS and VIVA (The Virtual Library of Virginia) requires off-campus access restriction to Reynolds faculty, staff and students. This is accomplished by using a proxy server for off-campus access to these databases that include articles, eBooks and videos. To engage the off-campus proxy server, the URL that connects the user to the vendor's database is modified to include the proxy server information. When you copy a URL for a specific article, book or video from a library database, in most cases you will see the proxy information in the URL. Below is an example of proxy information you may see in the URL:

Off-Campus Access

Accessing databases from the Reynolds Libraries website: 

If you click on any database link from the library's web site from off-campus, a Virginia's Community Colleges login screen will appear first. Login with your My Reynolds username and password. You will then be brought to the database search screen to search for your articles, eBooks and videos.

Accessing databases, articles, eBooks and videos from within Canvas:

After you log into Canvas from off-campus and click on a link to any database, article, eBook or video, you should be brought directly to the resource. You should NOT be prompted with a Virginia's Community Colleges login screen. If you are prompted with a Virginia's Community College login screen, login again with your My Reynolds username and password.

For more information, see our Off Campus Access page.