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Organise my Reading List

Library recommendations

  • Aim to have all resources in digital format to improve accessibility for students.
  • Consider the ‘learning hours’ for each week/module when setting required readings and the overall number of resources students might reasonably engage with during a teaching period.
  • Structure your reading list into sections consistent with the LMS for the subject.
  • Place 'Pre-Reading' and 'Prescribed' resources above 'Recommended' resources for each section.  
  • Guide your students by adding annotations and context. You can use paragraphs for groups of resources, or student notes for individual resources. For example, if you are providing a group of recommended resources for reading on a particular topic or are guiding students on the relevant depth of the resource to read for their level of experience. 

Sections, paragraphs & resources

Reading lists allows you to add sections to define different resource types, learning modules, or topics. This makes your list easier for students to navigate and know what they need to read and when. You can add sections within a section or add a paragraph to provide student instructions. The paragraphs can include hyperlinks however readings cannot be added – use the 'Add Resource' option to start building your list’s content. 

Examples of lists using these layouts can be found below. Click on the link to the reading list to see the detailed layout.

Best practice - sections, paragraphs & resources

Importance settings

Each resource on your reading list must be assigned an importance status to help students plan their study, as well as providing guidance for the library when purchasing resources. 

Best practice - importance settings

Students are expected to read this resource before the subject commences.

Note: please use student notes for direction on what they need to read before class.

This is essential reading and is a primary resource used to complete the subject.

Note: please use student notes for direction on what they need to read before class.

Non-essential reading but will enhance depth of knowledge in the subject.

If appropriate, use student notes for direction on what will be most useful or any other helpful guidance.


Notes can be added for each resource in your reading list for either students to view (e.g., how the resource will benefit them or specific page/chapter details) or for library staff to view. To add or edit notes select the resources ellipsis.

Resource options via ellipses

Best practice - notes