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Blog Post: Reading List Tool (Staff)

Blog Post: Reading List Tool (Staff)

Reading lists are a really useful way of delivering core reading material in a consistent way to students. There are many benefits to reading lists and this really useful blog post, compiled by colleagues in Library Services will take you through creating your own.

All taught Canvas courses must be populated with a list of required reading using the Reading List tool, KeyLinks. A link to the “Reading List” software is available in the modules area of each course and can be duplicated to the appropriate page/home page template as necessary.  

The Reading List tool:

  • is a dynamic and interactive list of resources directly related to the teaching and assessment of your Canvas course
  • provides students with direct links to books, articles and other resources provided by the Library
  • alerts Library staff automatically when a new title needs purchasing
  • ensures all relevant books and eBooks are available in good time for students
  • allows tags and notes to be added, which can then be filtered by topics/weeks or learning objectives
  • is flexible and it can be updated at any time
  • is located in one place
reading list folders

“In essence it is a communication tool that allows academics and librarians to support learners effectively.” (Dr Clare Milsom)

Example of Reading List, containing book title, ISBN and links to access or book

Further Help and Support

Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you want one-to-one guidance, to book a workshop for your team or to troubleshoot queries and ask questions. Further information and a user guide can also be found on the Library Services Reading List web page.