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Reading List Guide

Step 1: Finding your reading list

Find your list through Canvas

Existing lists should be associated with the module on Canvas, to access the list please use the Reading List option on the side menu on your 23-24 module on Canvas


N.B.: If you previously had a list and this does not appear to be linked on Canvas please contact the Reading List Team on



Creating a new list

If no list exists for your module you will be presented with an option to create a list and this will automatically associate the list with your module on Canvas

If there is a list associated with your module on Canvas but you would like to archive this and start a new list for that module or if you need any further support, please email:


Step 2: Install Bookmarking tool

Install the bookmarking tool

You can install and use the bookmarking tool, this can be used to add items to your list that are not on the catalogue.

When in the reading lists system click on your initials in the top left corner. Choose the add to reading list option. This will open a pop up where you can see the bookmarking tool which is called "ADD TO READING LIST".  Drag this into your bookmark bar on your browser.


Step 3: Adding items to your list

When you are in your reading list you can add any existing items directly via Library Search. Most important is to include the ‘essential’ resources all students are required to read in preparation for lectures and seminars.

We recommend week by week - or topic by topic - sections, with clearly marked 'Essential' and 'Recommended' sub-sections. If it's a new module, you can create a weekly template above. We have statistical evidence that concise lists get the most usage. We recommend 150 items max



Not in stock

It's not necessary to contact the library directly to request each new purchase for your module. Add any new content not currently in stock which you would like purchased for the module from the publisher's website or Amazon so that we have the details of the book and we will purchase as part of the review process

Requesting a digitisation

To request a digitisation, add the book and chapter information to the reading list and include information in teh library discussion on the item, when the library reviews the list we will digitise the chapter or purchase an ebook (if available).

N.B.: The library can digitise material under the terms of the CLA Scanning Licence. The licensing is complex but means that we are usually able to reproduce either:

  • A single chapter from a book (or two, if copyright permissions and funds allow)
  • 10% of the total page numbers of the book
  • A single article from a journal.

If an item is not on the library catalogue then you can add it from a webpage by using the "Add to reading list" tool on your browser.  This will bring across metadata from the webpage you are viewing.  When the item or list is sent to review the library will make all relevant checks, updates and purchases as necessary. 



Step 4: Send your list to the library

To ensure that your students have all the resources they need for their module, you'll need to Request a Review. It is essential that we receive your reading list for review every semester, even if there are no changes from the previous year. Often links break, digitisations require renewal and publishers move content around. The reading list team will work to ensure that your essential readings are available online.


N.B.: Not all titles are offered as eBooks by publishers, once we have review your list, we'll include a list of any titles which we can't make available electronically. We will then work with you to find suitable alternatives.

If you add an new item to your list after it has been reviewed it is not necessary to send the list to review again.  You can now send the individual item for review and the library will be able to pick this up as individual item up.  Click the three dots next to the item and select "Send to Library"


Publishing your list

When a new list is created it will initially be set as "draft" which means it will not be publicly visible.  You will need to publish your list to make it accessible. Click the Publish button to do this.


1-2-1 Support


We are more than happy to arrange a remote 1-to-1 training session over Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or Skype, while the Library building remains closed. Please email with times and dates that suit to request.

Remote departmental sessions or drop-in clinics can be arranged on request. Please email