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Reading Lists: What is the Reading List Tool?

This guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to use the Reading List tool.
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What is the Reading List Tool?

The Reading List tool helps course instructors to easily create and manage reading lists for their students that can be embedded into OAKS.




Key features

  • The Reading List tool provides College of Charleston instructors with the ability to create online reading lists using the Leganto reading list software created by Ex Libris.
  • Any resource with a web address can be added to a reading list, including books, eBooks, journal articles, websites, PDFs, videos, podcasts, and more.
  • Reading Lists can be accessed via a course in OAKS
  • Items on a list can be filtered by resource type or priority
  • Lists can be exported to word or PDF documents in a variety of citation styles
  • Statistics on reading list usage is available to instructors
    • For example, how many students accessed resources from a particular reading list, etc.

What Can Reading Lists Do for Instructors?

Instructors can:

  • Create dynamic lists of relevant, up-to-date materials gathered from a range of sources including the Library collection, internet, and multimedia resources.
  • Manage and update course resources easily.
  • Link course reading lists in OAKS.

How Can Reading Lists Help Students?

Students can: 

  • Access reading lists for all of their courses in one place.
  • Access key resources more easily: more time is spent reading resources on a list than searching for them.
  • Engage with the resources, comment on readings, make recommendations.
  • Quickly see which items are 'essential' readings to help prioritize and to better manage their time.

How do Librarians Fit In?

  • The Reading List tool helps us make better informed purchasing choices, based on information gathered via the service. 
  • Especially since COVID-19, essential readings should be available to students online.


This guide was adapted from the University of Calagary.