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Reading Lists Online

How to edit and updates lists on Reading Lists Online, and how to request digitised extracts.

"My lists" tab

You may want to add the resource lists of the modules you are responsible for, or you share with other colleagues, to My Lists. Next time you log on to Reading Lists Online, you can simply select the My lists tab to find the list you need.

To add a resource list to My lists:

  1. Search for the reading list using the module code, or the module title.
  2. Click on the title of the list to open it. 
  3. Click on the Add to My Lists button in the top right corner of the screen. 

How to edit a reading list

  1. Log on to Reading Lists Online (RLO), and find the list you require. 
  2. If you have been assigned the role of list owner / list editor, or you have been given authorisation (and you have accepted the invitation) to edit the list, when you scroll down the references on the list, you will see the options to:
    1. Add resource: add another reference.
    2. Add a paragraph: add a general message for all students.
    3. Add section: add another topic to the list.
  3. If you have logged on to RLO and selected the list, but you cannot see the options to add resource / add paragraph / add section, please contact your Subject Librarian, who will be able to help you and send you another invitation.   

Do not make a copy of the reading list, as it will cause problems with digitised extracts we have already embedded on to the list. 

We recommend reviewing your reading list on RLO each academic year, to ensure the resources added to the list are still relevant to the module you teach. Library staff will review your reading list and check for new editions and e-book availability. If you are still providing your students with word documents or PDFs of module outlines, please make sure that the content of the reading list in RLO, matches the revised content of the list on the module outline and vice versa. This will help to avoid confusion and misunderstanding. 

Changes to module code or module title

If the title or the code of the module has changed, please contact your Subject Librarian. They will update the information for you, and link the new code to the hierarchy, so the reading list will display correctly in Moodle. 

If the module you taught last year is now offered to Year 2 instead of Year 3 or vice versa, and the reading list has not changed, please contact your Subject Librarian who will make a copy of the list and create a new node in the hierarchy, so the reading list can be linked to Moodle. 

Please note that Moodle resets overnight, changes to the hierarchy may not display until the following day. 

Setting reading importance

It is very important that you clearly label the references on the reading list that are essential readings. 

The Essential Reading label.

To add the Essential reading label click on the drop down menu next to the reference and select the label. 

This gives clear guidance to the students enrolled on the module, and it is extremely important for library staff who rely on this information to calculate resource allocation and purchase new or additional copies. 

You may have added the references to a section of the list. marked as core or essential reading, this does not automatically assign a label to the reference.  Students have the option to filter the results to type of material and importance.

To order new key titles as quickly as possible, Library staff run reports from reading lists and prioritise items marked as essential readings.

How to re-order items on a list

You have three options to change the order references appear on the reading list. Go to the item on the list you want to move, then: 

  1. Click on the up & down arrow on the right hand side of the screen and drag the item to a new section of the list.
  2. Alternatively, click on the 3 dots on the right hand side of the screen to display a menu
    1. select Move up or Move down depending on where you want to move the reference. It will only move 1 place up or down. You may need to select Move up or Move down several times if you want to move the reference to another section of the list.
  3. Finally, if you want to move the reference to a different section at the top or bottom of the reading list, it is much easier to use the Cut option from the menu,
    1. then select the right place on the list you want to move the reference to, and paste it. 
    2. If you change your mind, just select cancel, and the item will return to the original place on the list.


How to change the order of topics and weekly readings

If you want to change the order you will be teaching the module, or you want to swap around the topics on your reading list, you can quickly move around the sections of the reading list and all the references listed under that topic.  

  1. To swap around the sections, go to the title of the topic you need to move, open the Edit Section Menu (the 3 dots on the right hand side of the screen) 
  2. Select Cut from the menu
  3. Find the place on the list you want to move the section to, then select paste.
  4. If you have numbered the topics, you will need to manually edit the title.  Click on the 3 dots on the right hand side of the screen and select Edit. Then edit the title of the section and save.

Adding notes for students

You can add notes for students to the reading list. 

  1. Scroll down the list to the section where you want to add a note, then select Add Paragraph, start typing and remember to save the message. 
  2. You can also add notes to individual references on the reading list. Find the reference you want to annotate, click on the 3 dots on the right hand side of the screen to display the drop down menu, select Notes for students. Type the message and save the note. 
  3. If you need to edit the note, you still need to select the 3 dots on the right hand side, then note for students, before you can edit the text or delete the note. All students enrolled on the module will see the message. 
  4. If you add a comment to Note for Library, the message can only be viewed by library staff.