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Reading Lists Online - advice for students

How to use Reading Lists Online

Navigating your reading list

It is easy to navigate your way around the lists on Reading Lists Online.  If the content of the reading list is broken down into topics, or weekly readings, use the Table of Contents option at the top of the list to see the different sections, then select the relevant week / topic to view the list of references. 

The Reading Lists online interface showing the Table of Contents drop-down list of weekly readings.

Alternatively use the Search function on the right hand side of the screen to search for the title of the source or for the name of the author.

Reading Lists Online Interface showing the search field option.

The Type drop down menu, at the top of the reading list, allows you to filter all the references on the list by type of material. You can filter the references to books, or to journal articles only. The Filter drop down menu allows you to refine references to print or to online resources; you can also filter to items your lecturers have marked as essential readings.

Reading Lists Online interface showing the Filter all drop down.


Citation style - The citation style drop down menu lists several referencing styles.  These do not necessarily follow the referencing style used at City, especially if you use Harvard.  Please refer to Cite them right Online for detailed instructions of how to reference any type of resources. 

Online reading lists

Your online reading lists contain the resources that have been recommended by your lecturers, and they may include references for different types of material such as: books, ebooks, journal articles, newspaper articles, websites, videos, and digitised extracts that have been prepared for your module.

Via your online reading list you can also check if the book is currently available in the library and make a note of the shelfmark to locate the book on the shelf.

A book record in the Reading Lists Online interface shows bibliographic information, availability, library location, loan period and shelfmark number i.e. 378.16 COT

If the reference on the reading list is available in electronic format, such as e-books, journal articles or digitised extracts, you will see a View Online button next to the reference.  This is a direct link to the full-text. You may be prompted to enter your City email and password to view and download the full-text.

Reference on a reading list for an online article from the Guardian, showing the View Online button.

Several reading lists also includes PDFs of book chapters or journal articles that we have made available to the students enrolled on the module. The digital copy has been made under the terms of the CLA license.  You access digitised extracts using the View Online button next to the reference, this will open a new page, where you will see the option to print, download, or save a copy of the PDF in the left hand corner of the screen. 

The digitised extract coversheet with links to print and download a copy of the PDF


Reporting a broken link 

We review and check the links to online resources added to reading lists before the start of each term to ensure everything works correctly.  

If you have clicked on the View Online button next to the reference and it does not take you directly to the online document, or you retrieve an error message, please report the broken link to Library staff so we can fix the problem. 

To report the broken link, all you have to do is click on the 3 dots next to the View Online button to open the menu.  Select Report broken link, then Report.

The View Actions menu. There is an open listed  to Report broken link.

Notes for students

Your lecturers may have annotated the reading list on Reading Lists Online.  The note may indicate which chapter / section of the book you are expected to read before a seminar or a lecture.

A book record in a Reading list. Highlighted in the record is the note "Chapter 1 'Digital Dilemmas' pages.1-34.