Reading lists made easy!

Reading Lists is an interactive, student facing reading list system which enables tutors and administrators to quickly and easily create, and update, reading lists. This information will be automatically sent to the Library where we will add new material to our collections, as required. No more recommended reading forms to complete!

Students will be able to access reading lists via VLEs such as Blackboard or the Business School Hub, view all the readings for their courses in one place, create their own collections of useful material and comment and collaborate with other students.

If you need help with Reading Lists please ASK the Library including the name of your course.

Reading Lists for staff

This guide will help you get started with the Reading Lists.

Reading Lists Guide

Introduction

Reading Lists is an interactive, student facing reading list system that allows academics to build lists for students and manage, edit and update them in one place. Reading Lists has been integrated with Blackboard course pages, presenting relevant course materials directly in Blackboard and allowing students to click straight through to the Library Search record, journal article or e-book. Reading Lists will make it easier for Library Services to check lists and to make sure that items are available for students.

How to access Reading Lists

  • Go to Reading Lists
  • Use your College username and password to log in

Reading Lists terminology

When you “tag” items in Imperial College Reading Lists you should use the following terminology. You don’t need to worry about the number of copies or what format they will be in as our reading list team will do that for you

Core reading – essential to the course, all students will need to use this text

Supplementary reading – supplementary texts, students are encouraged to use these texts

Background reading – additional texts which are suggested for background subject area reading

Books are purchased in accordance with the Library's Collections policy. Library Services will buy multiple copies of an item designated as Core reading. Usually only one copy will be purchased of items designated as supplementary reading. We do not buy copies of items designated as background reading.

How to build My Collection

Your collection can be a starting point to gather together material you may wish to use to build your reading list/s.

Adding items to My Collection using Library Search

  • Select My Collection from the options in the left hand navigation panel
  • Click on the + ADD ITEM button on the right hand side
  • Use the search options to find relevant items from the Library collection of books and articles. Using the Advanced Search option allows you search for title, author or ISBN.
  • Select the item required and click the Add to Collection button

We advise you to use this option for adding material to your reading list as it provides the most complete reference for your students and allows easy linking to full text online.

Adding items to My Collection manually

  • Select My Collection from the options in the left hand navigation panel
  • Click on the + ADD ITEM button on the right hand side
  • Click on the blue link Add item manually/Upload file
  • Select the appropriate Type for your item from the pull-down menu
  • Fill in all relevant fields, using the More Details option as required
  • Note that any URL should be added to the Source field
  • Click on Add it
  • Drag and drop or click in the upload box to add files to your item

Be aware of copyright restrictions on material you choose to upload. Contact Library Services if the material requires copyright clearance, or if you have any questions.

Adding items using ‘Cite it!’

Cite it! is a tool that pulls across core information about an item from a wide range of academic and popular websites (e.g. Amazon, PubMed, ScienceDirect). If the Library does not have copies of the item you want, use Cite it! to add details to My Collection. If you then add the item to a reading list, Library Services will be prompted to obtain a copy of the item.

  • Click on your name on the top right of the screen and select Leganto Cite it!
  • Drag and drop the Cite it! button to your browser toolbar
  • Find a relevant item on your chosen website and click on the Cite it! button in your browser toolbar
  • Add this to my collection popup appears containing the details of the item
  • Click the Add it button to add to your collection, or select List to add the item to a specified reading list

The amount of item information pulled into Reading Lists varies depending on the source used. Manual editing to improve the data may be required.

How to build a reading list

Creating a new list

Most departmental reading lists will already be created and available for editing in Reading Lists. However, it is very quick and easy to create a new reading list from scratch.

To create a new reading list:

  • Select Reading List from the options in the left hand navigation panel
  • Click on the New List button in the top right of the screen
  • Give your reading list a title, ideally this should be the name of the course and add a Description if desired
  • Hit the Create button
  • Select a template from the options provided. Templates provide a section structure for your reading list allowing you to divide the list into weekly readings, by topic or type of material. If you select Blank you can create your own sections.
  • Select Associate List to connect your reading list with a course. Details of courses have already been entered into Reading Lists - select the correct course by typing a course code or name into the search box when prompted
  • Check that the dates for the course and the number of participants (students) are correct and click Confirm. It is important to have accurate participant numbers as this affects the number of copies of books Library Services will purchase for the course.
  • The course code will now appear in the header for the reading list
  • Click the New Section button
  • Enter a section title and a description and start/end dates if required and click Create.
  • Add a campus location to your section by clicking Add Tags to section and choosing the campus(es) that the course is based at.
  • You can add further sections as required e.g. if you want to create sections for each lecture, topic or type of material. You can also drag and drop sections to change the order in which they appear in the list.
Copying an existing list

An existing list can be exported and reloaded to create a new list. This is useful if a list from a previous year is unchanged, or only requires minor amendments.

To export an existing list:

  • Click on the three dots () icon for the reading list you wish to copy to open the menu
  • Select Export and Export to .lgn file
  • Save the file
  • Click on Reading Lists in the side navigation and click on the New List button
  • Select Import .lgn file
  • Drag and drop or navigate to your saved file and click Confirm

The new list will have the same name and be associated with the same course as the copied list but will have a status of Draft. The list can be associated to a new course if necessary. The list will consist of the same sections and items, but any notes you added to an item or ‘likes’ from students will not be copied over.


Adding items to your reading list

New items can be added to your reading list in two ways:

  • Added directly into your list
  • Copied from your collection
Adding items directly into your list

To add items directly into your list:

  • Click the + button on the right of the section to which you want to add an item to open the Search box
  • Use the search options to find relevant items from the Library collection of books and articles. Using the Advanced Search option allows you search for title, author or ISBN.
  • Select the item you want to add from the results list and click Add
  • Continue to add items as required or click the X at the top of the Search box to close it
  • The selected item/s will now appear in your reading list
  • Change the designation of the item to Core (essential), Supplementary (students encouraged to use) or Background Reading by clicking Add Tags to Item. The library will ensure that there are enough copies of books available based on the number of students and the category you have selected. If a book is Core (essential) the library will also buy an e-book if one is available.
Adding items from your collection

To add items from your collection:

  • From your reading list click on the Open Collection button. Your collection will now appear on the left hand side
  • Select the item you want to add and drag and drop it into your reading list
  • The selected item/s will now appear in your reading list
  • Change the designation of the item to Core (essential), Supplementary (students encouraged to use) or Background Reading by clicking Add Tags to Item. The library will ensure that there are enough copies of books available based on the number of students and the category you have selected. If a book is Core (essential) the library will also buy an e-book if one is available.

Adding notes to items in your reading list

You can add a note to items on your reading list which provide additional information.
Public notes can be viewed by anyone with access to the reading list.
Private notes can only be viewed by the list creator and collaborators.

To add a note:

  • Open the reading list and select the item you want to add a note to
  • Select Public or Private note as appropriate
  • Click on Add Note and enter your note text in the box and click Save

Items with public notes will display the text of the note under the item in list view. The note can also be seen if the item is selected and opened.

Private notes can only be viewed by the list creator and collaborators by opening the item.


Adding collaborators to a list

If you want to allow other people to be able to edit your reading list you can add them as a Collaborator.

There are two privilege levels available:
Manager - can add other collaborators to the list, edit and delete items, or delete the entire list.
Editor - can edit the list, but cannot delete the list or add other collaborators.

To add collaborators:

  • Open the reading list
  • In the Collaborators panel on the left click on Manage Collaborators
  • Enter the name or email address of the colleagues you’d like to add as collaborators
  • Click on Send Invitation. This will send an email to your colleague notifying them that they can now edit this list

By default the privilege level for collaborators will be set to Edit, to change this to Manager click on Manage Collaborators in the Collaborators tab and change the privilege level of your colleagues using the drop down menu next to their name.


Publishing your list

To make your list visible to students it needs to be published. Unpublished lists will have a status of Draft and can only be viewed by list creators and collaborators.

Publishing a list also sends the list details to the library. Please note that Library Services will check your lists to make sure that items are available in the library. If there are issues with any items on the Reading List then Library Services reserves the rights to make edits or delete items, you will be contacted if this is the case.

Lists can be published from the options drop down menu in My Lists or from within the reading list.

To publish a list:

  • Go to the options drop down menu (denoted by three dots ) in My Lists or from within the list you wish to publish
  • Select Publish
  • In the Publish List box you can select the accessibility level of the list. By default the Make the list and some of its materials available to all students option is selected. In most cases this is the most appropriate option as only students and College members are able to view the list by logging in. If you wish to make the list publically available, please select the top option; Make the list and some of its materials available to everyone. If your list contains copyright cleared material such as a scanned book chapter, please select the third option No additional options are required which limits access to students registered to a specific course
  • Leave the Send to Library box ticked as this alerts the library to the fact that a new list has been published
  • Click Confirm
  • The list status will now change to Published and the status of the items on the list will change from Being Prepared to Sent. Once the library has checked the item is available the item status will change to Complete

If you add additional items to a list once you’ve published it you must select Send to Library either from the options drop down menu for the whole list, or from the item menu.

Editing Reading Lists

Deleting

Deleting Reading Lists
  • Select Reading Lists on the left hand navigation panel
  • Hover over the Reading List you wish to delete and click on the options drop down menu
  • Use the drop down menu to select Delete
Deleting Reading List Sections
  • Select one of your lists and open a section
  • Click on the down arrow next to the + button on the top right hand side
  • Use the drop down menu to select Delete section 
Deleting items from Reading Lists 
  • Select one of your lists and open a section
  • Hover over the item you wish to delete and click on the options drop down menu
  • Use the drop down menu to select Delete item

Changing Reading List titles

  • Select one of your Reading Lists.
  • Hover over the Reading List title and click on Edit
  • Change the name of the Reading List and click Save

Exporting Reading Lists

  • Select Reading Lists on the left hand navigation panel
  • Hover over the Reading List you wish to export and click on the options drop down menu
  • Use the drop down menu to select Export and choose an Export option

Exporting Reading List sections

  • Select one of your lists and open a section
  • Click on the down arrow next to the + button on the top right hand side
  • Use the drop down menu to select Export and choose an Export option

How to get something digitised for your students

For instructions on how to request a digitised copy please See our FAQ:
‘How do I get something digitised for my students?’

Adding Reading Lists to a Virtual Learning Environment

When your Reading List is ready to be made available to students it will need to be added to the course area in the VLE. This is very easy to do, it is important to make sure that your Reading List has been associated with the right course.

Making Reading Lists available in BlackBoard Learn

Note: the Reading List will be live to students as soon as you add the Reading List link to BlackBoard. So make sure that the list is ready for release to students before following the steps below.

  • Turn on editing in the course
  • Navigate to the area in the course where you wish to make the Reading List available
  • Select Tools from the edit menu
  • Select Reading List is an option near the end of the list
  • In the Tool Information page - add a name (This will display in BlackBoard). There is a description field below if you wish to add more information, this can also be left blank.
  • All other fields have been automatically configured- please do not change these 

Quick guide to adding a Reading List in Blackboard (pdf)

You can also make lists available in BlackBoard Learn using a permalink.

Creating Reading List Permalinks for iBooks and course guides

Permalinks are direct hyperlinks to your reading list that can be added to areas such as course guides, VLE pages or iBooks.

  • Select Reading Lists on the left hand navigation panel
  • Hover over the Reading List you wish to create a permalink for
  • Use the drop down menu to select Permalink
  • Click Copy to Clipboard
  • Paste the Permalink into your course guide, VLE page or iBook

I need help

If you need help with Reading Lists please ASK the Library.

Including the name of the course, in your message, will make it quicker for us to locate your list and fix the problem.

Reading Lists for students

Student guide to Reading Lists

What it does

Reading Lists will link you through to your reading list items whether it is a book in the Library, e-book, journal article or website.

You can also use My Collection to build up a library of items.

How to access Reading Lists

You will be able to access your Reading Lists through the VLE. At the moment it is currently integrated with BlackBoard and the Business Schools the Hub.

It does depend on if your tutor or lecturer is using the Reading Lists (Note the system is not in use with all subject areas). If your tutor or lecturer is using the system then it should be available to you as a link in your VLE.

How to build My Collection

Your collection can be a starting point to gather together material you may wish to use to build your reading list/s.

Adding items to My Collection using Library Search

  • Select My Collection from the options in the left hand navigation panel
  • Click on the + ADD ITEM button on the right hand side
  • Use the search options to find relevant items and add them to your collection

Adding items to My Collection manually

  • Select My Collection from the options in the left hand navigation panel
  • Click on the + ADD ITEM button on the right hand side
  • Click on the blue link Add item manually/Upload file
  • Select the appropriate Type for your item from the pull-down menu
  • Fill in all relevant fields, using the More Details option as required
  • Click on Collect
  • You can also upload a file, such as a PDF or Word document
  • Click on Drag files here to upload them Or click to browse for a file
  • Be aware of copyright restrictions on material you choose to upload. Contact Library Services if you have any questions.

Adding items using ‘Cite it!’

Cite it! is a tool that pulls across core information about an item from a wide range of academic and popular websites e.g. Amazon, Library Search, ScienceDirect.

  • Click on your name on the top right of the screen and select Leganto Cite it!
  • Drag and drop the Cite it! button to your browser toolbar
  • Find a relevant item on your chosen website and click on the Cite it! button in your browser toolbar
  • Add this to my collection popup appears containing the details of the item
  • Select the appropriate Type for your item from the drop down menu, click the Collect button

I’m getting an error message when I click on the link

Reading Lists requires that the user's browser be set to accept third-party cookies. If the browser is not set up to accept these cookies, then a white screen with an 'Illegal institution' message appears.

This setting is in different places in different web browsers but will generally appear under Options / Settings > Privacy. Make sure to set 'Accept third-party cookies' to 'Always'.

I need help

If you need help with Reading Lists please ASK the Library.

Including the name of the course, in your message, will make it quicker for us to locate your list and fix the problem