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Reading Lists and Course Reserves: Instructor FAQs

This guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to use the Reading List tool.
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Instructors can add collaborators to any reading list. Collaborators can be any instructor or librarian who you want to have the ability to add, review, or revise the citations on the reading list. We highly recommend all instructors add your library instructional liaison as a collaborator to your reading list. This will ensure that the library is able to help you with your list and quickly troubleshoot any problems should the need arise.

To add a collaborator to your reading list, open the Collaborators menu and click "Manage collaborators."

Type the name of the instructor or librarian you want to add as a collaborator in the search box. Select the appropriate option from the drop down list and click "Send Invitation."

Students can interact with you and their fellow students in the Reading List Tool.


Instructors can add content from external websites such as online newspapers, blogs, websites, YouTube and Vimeo videos, and more to their reading list by using the Cite It! widget.

Instructors can see how students are interacting with your reading list(s) and access usage statistics about your lists by clicking the bar graph icon at the top of the screen to turn "Analysis mode" on. Analysis mode is available from the general all lists page or from within an individual reading list.

You can export your reading list as multiple formats, including PDF files, Excel files, and Word documents.

To export your reading list:

  1. Click on the "..." menu at the top right of the reading list window.
  2. Select "Export" from the dropdown menu.
  3. Select your preferred export format. Your reading list export should start downloading from the software immediately.

The Reading List tool has a lot of embedded help features.  You can click on the "?" menu in the upper right hand corner to open a menu of help videos (see image below). Directly next to the "?" menu is the Link menu. Click the chain link icon for easy access to the Reading Lists research guide and the instructor user manual.

Reading List Help Menu

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