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History Databases Canvas External App Installation
Melissa Gajarsa, Last modified by Melissa Gajarsa June 07 2017 09:50 AM

Customers using the Canvas learning management system can embed content from History Databases directly into their courses.  For more information, please refer to the History Databases Canvas External App Overview article.


The new app provides rich integration between History Databases and your Canvas courses.  Users of Canvas will now be able to embed History Database resources directly inside their courses, without having to leave the LMS.  This plugin is LTI based and integrates directly into the standard Canvas HTML editor.



Prerequisites for Installing the Canvas External App:


  1. You must have your own instance of Canvas.

  2. You must have an active History Database subscription.

  3. Your LTI Access Key and Secret - can be obtained from History Database support.


 External App Installation:

  • Login to your Canvas instance as an administrator with access to install and configure apps.
  • Select your course and then select the Settings menu.  This can be added to individual courses, or to all courses in an account. Once configured, you can link to them through course modules and create assignments for assessment tools.
  • From Settings, select the Apps tab at the top.
  • On the Apps tab, enter, "History" in the Filter by Name search box. All six Infobase History apps will display: African-American History, American History, American Indian History, Ancient and Medieval History, Modern World History, and History Reference Center, our history and religion cross search.

  • Each app needs to be individually installed. Choose an app to install. Click on the Databases logo.
  • You will go to an app information page. Click the Add App button.

Canvas add app button

  • A pop-out window will appear.  Enter the "Consumer Key" and "Shared Secret" you obtained from support, then click Add App.



You will now see the History Database icon in the Canvas editor.

Canvas editor icon



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