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Reading Lists and Course Reserves: Reading Lists for Instructors

This guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to use the Reading List tool.
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Reading Lists for Instructors

Let's get started and learn the basics of using Reading Lists in your courses.  The following videos and instructions will help you navigate the basics of using this new tool.

Watch the following video for a thorough overview of the Reading List tool or, feel free to follow the short videos provided in the tabs above.

For step by step instructional videos, click on the tabs above for the following:

  • Step 1: Accessing Reading Lists in OAKS
  • Step 2: Create a Reading List
  • Step 3: Add Sections to a List
  • Step 4: Add Readings to a List
  • Step 5: Publish Your Reading List

Step 1: Getting to the Reading List tool from OAKS


Step 2: How to Create a Reading List

Please select "Create  a new reading list from scratch" instead of "Upload a document containing an existing reading list." This will ensure that you can use all of the features of the Reading List tool.

Step 3: Add Sections to a List

All reading lists are organized into sections. You need to have at least one section on every list. To add sections to your reading list, click on the "New Section" button on the upper right side of the main menu bar, next to the dark blue "Add Items" button. Then, in the pop-up add section screen, add a title for your section (in the below example, the section is titles "Extra Credit Readings") and click create.

Step 4: Add Readings to a List

All readings (or "citations") must be added to sections in your reading list. There are multiple ways to add these citations.

You can use the Reading List search function to find readings already in the library. This works best if you already know your title and/or author.


You can use the CiteIt! widget to add citations from websites.


You can use the upload function for documents you already own. This is especially useful if you want to share PowerPoint slides or other documents with your class.

Step 5: Edit and Publish Your Reading List

You can edit your reading list at any point in the process.


When your are finished adding citations to a list, the library can review it and make sure all links and citations are working properly. When the library has finished reviewing a reading list, Publish it! This ensures the reading list is visible to students.


Once published, you can always add new resources without having to publish it again. Once the library reviews the new addition, the resource will be automatically published in your reading list.