For Instructors

The Mendocino College Library provides several services to support instruction. A few are listed below.

Library Orientations
Have your class attend a library orientation where they can learn how to use the library research databases, learn how to tell if a source is reliable, and how to do proper citations. To schedule an orientation for your class, contact

Reserve Textbooks
Instructors often place textbooks on reserve for students to use in the library. These books are held at the front Circulation Desk. Most often, instructors will include reserve books as part of their syllabus. It is best to place materials on reserve several weeks prior to the beginning of a semester so that there is enough time to process them for student use. To access a copy of the reserve form to print from a computer, click on the reserve form. Please bring this to the Circulation Desk along with a copy of the text you want to put on reserve.

Books and DVDs
The library will order books (excluding textbooks) as well as DVDs that instructors request to support their class. If you have a reading list for your students and want to make sure we have a copy of the titles for your students to check out, send the reading list to Additionally, if there are book or DVD titles you would like us to add to the collection, just let us know by filling out the Materials Request Form.

Embedded content for Canvas
If you teach a class in Canvas, or use Canvas to supplement your on-ground class, you can embed content from some of the library's research databases into your Canvas shell without requiring students to do an additional login process to the databases. Currently, you can embed videos from Films on Demand and you can embed reading lists from Ebsco.

Films on Demand
To embed a Films on Demand video, simply click the red 'f' icon in the editor for any page in Canvas, do a search for the video you want, and click the 'embed' button for the video you want to use from the search results.

The Canvas editor with an arrow pointing to the Films on Demand button


Ebsco Curriculum Builder
To embed a reading list from Ebsco, go into the modules for your class, then click the little plus sign to add content to a module.

Arrow pointing to a button to add new content to a Canvas module.

It should come up with a prompt that says “Add ____ to Module Name” where Module Name is the name of your module, and  ____ is a dropdown allowing you to select the type of content. From this dropdown, choose “external tool” and then click on “Ebsco Curriculum Builder.” Where it says “Page Name” type in whatever you want your reading list to be called. If it’s just a single article, you’d probably just want to give it the article’s title. Then simply click the “Add Item” button.

Screenshot demonstrating how to select the Ebsco Curriculum Builder external tool in Canvas












As an instructor, when you click on the item you just added under that module, it will let you search Ebsco and add articles to the reading list. Students will not get any search capabilities with this tool; they can only look at what the instructor adds. To see it as they would, you can click the “see current reading list” link after first going into the module item.