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A guide for instructors and other staff on how to set up course resource lists in Canvas.

Course Resources is a tool to create and organize lists of course materials and share them with students. It allows instructors to easily find resources, create lists, share these lists with students, and communicate with library staff. Once you send your list to the library, we will review it and gather items we do not already have in our collection. As items are reviewed and processed, they will be visible to your students in Canvas.

Access Course Resources

screenshot of canvas left navigation menuAccess Course Resources from your Canvas course. Direct access is also available. 

  • Canvas: access Course Resources from your Canvas course's left menu. 
  • Course Resources (direct access): login with your BC ID. You can associate your list to your course once it is available.


If you had a library resource list from the past, it should appear in Course Resources under the LIST menu.

screenshot of list menu

Lists are rolled over from year to year based on course code, section, and term. You may see lists that do not belong to you. Feel free to ignore lists you do not want. We will be cleaning up old lists over the next year.

If the course, section, and term remain the same, then you should see your old list attached to your current course. If you do not, you can associate an old list with your current course.  Use the top menu and choose: Manage course association.  

​screenshot showing course association link​


In order for your list to be processed by the library, the list must be sent to the library. Click SEND TO LIBRARY, after which the list status will change from DRAFT to PUBLISHED. As soon as the list is sent, it will be visible to students.

Create a new List

  1. From your Canvas course, click Course Resources in the left-navigation or go directly to the Course Resources tool.
  2. Choose + NEW LIST
  3. Add your course Title. Use the same name that appears in Canvas.
  4. Pick a Template - Default (blank) or Weekly. Templates provide an organizational structure for your list and can be edited. 
  5. Associate your List with a course.  If you did not enter through Canvas or are not teaching the course for the upcoming semester, you will be asked to associate your list to a course. You can do that now or later.
  6. Add a NEW SECTION and ADD ITEMS.  

Add collaborators

Collaborators can help manage or edit your list. To add a TA, Designer, or Librarian to your list, select the arrow to expand the Collaborators tab. Enter a name or full BC email address ( If you do not find a name, add the person to your Canvas course as a TA or Designer. Once added to your course, they will appear on the list of collaborators to invite.

screenshot of collaborators screen

To change a person's role from a Collaborator (Can edit list) to an Owner (Can manage list), select Manage collaborators.

Select the button for the collaborator whose permissions you wish to change and select Allow collaborator to manage list to make that person a list Owner. Select the remove name from list button ("x" icon) to delete a Collaborator.