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Adding the VitalSource Materials Tab to Course Navigation

Modified on: Fri, Nov 22, 2019 at 1:59 PM

Note: For SP2020, we are deploying VitalSource through a tab in the lefthand course navigation in Canvas, labelled VS Materials. Course Design & Technology will be adding these links to courses. These instructions are intended for anyone who wishes to deploy the link themselves, change its position, etc. 

This link will display all of a user's courses with any VitalSource material they may be using, along with cards displaying other AutoAccess materials for any courses. Students will see opt-out buttons on these during the opt-out period. The VS Materials link will also give students access to their campus' textbook catalog. Old VitalSource links in Modules will continue to work but may lack some functionality. This will not affect the ExecMBA or BA/PDP Bookshelf accounts, please see Creating VitalSource Bookshelf Links for ExecMBA and BA/PDP on the Columbia campus if you are creating links for those VitalSource accounts.

Contact coursehelp@missouri.edu if you have questions about the changes. 

How To:

  1. If the VS Materials link does not appear in your course's Navigation, click Settings
  2. Select the Navigation tab. 
  3. Locate VS Materials in the lower portion of the Navigation tab and drag it to the desired location in the upper portion. 
  4. Click Save.
  5. The first time you access a textbook in VitalSource you will need to accept the Terms and Privacy agreement and will be asked to log into VitalSource or register with your email address and create a password. Normally your email address should be your campus account, though it is not required. The password should not be the same one you use to login to campus systems. This is required only for instructors. 


  • If you wish to move VS Materials within Course Navigation, repeat steps 1-3 and drag the tab to the desired place in the menu, then click Save.
  • To remove this tab from your course, in step 3, just drag VS Materials to the lower portion of Course Navigation, then click Save.
  • Use the Student View to test the link for students.
  • If students report problems using their VitalSource text on their phone or tablet, suggest they download the VitalSource Bookshelf app.
  • If you wish to create a link to VS Materials in a module, you may add it as an External Tool item. In the External Tool menu, choose VS Materials and also to Open in a New Tab. Please contact coursehelp@missouri.edu if you have questions or wish to further modify the link in a module. 

Note: Trulaske College of Business instructors may see three VitalSource Bookshelf tools in the External Tools Menu: Bookshelf, BA/PDP Bookshelf, ExecMBA Bookshelf. Only courses in the ExecMBA program should select the ExecMBA Bookshelf tool. Only PDP sites should use the BA/PDP Bookshelf tool. All others should use the generic Bookshelf tool.

If you encounter technical difficulties, please contact coursehelp@missouri.edu .

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