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Reading Lists Guide for Faculty

A helpful guide to creating reading lists for faculty.

Create Sections

You need to have at least one Section to add items to your reading list. To add as many sections as you'd like, just click on New Section:

Adding Articles from the Library

To add journal, newspaper, or magazine articles to your reading list, follow these directions (or watch the video below):

  • Click the Add Items + button and use the search box on the right-hand side of the page to search for an item you know is licensed by the library;
  • When you find the item in the list of results, you can drop and drag it into the correct section, or you can click on it, select the section, and click the Add button.

Tip: You may find it helpful to search for items directly in LibSearch first to identify them more easily in a larger window.

Adding Books from the Library

To add a book to your reading List, follow these directions (or watch the video below):

  • Click the Add Items + button and use the search box on the right-hand side of the page to search for a book title;
  • When you find the item in the list of results, you can drop and drag it into the correct section, or you can click on it, select the section, and click the Add button;
  • If the item owned physically, you will then need to answer a pop-up question so we know what to do with the item:
    • Place on Course Reserves shelf: if you want us to place the item on physical reserve, please select the loan period you wish to use (note: we have noticed that students will not utilize the books on course reserve, so we don't suggest this option unless multiple students are having an issue obtaining the book);
    • Digitize a portion: if you just need to use a chapter or two, please note the page numbers so we know what to scan;
    • None of the above: if you just want to list the textbook that students were required to purchase, or add the book to your list as a recommended reading or even as a suggested resource for a project, choose this option.

Adding Media from the Library

If there is a physical DVD in our collection you wish to use in your course, please contact your subject librarian

To add streaming media from our collections to your list, please look at the Adding Articles from the Library section of this page and follow those directions.

Note: We cannot purchase or license content from commercial providers such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc.

Adding Websites & Documents

You can also add websites and documents (PDFs, PPTs, etc.) to your reading list with the following caveats:

  • Always link directly to content on the Internet, rather than downloading and posting it in Canvas or Course Reading Lists (for copyright and accessibility reasons).
  • Do not scan and upload PDFs yourself. Library staff will determine if we have online access, and will scan anything necessary and add OCR to make them accessible to screen readers.
  • Do not upload articles you have acquired through interlibrary loan or another institution. Library staff will obtain these for you and add OCR. These materials may also need to be licensed by library staff. 
  • You should only upload documents that are your own intellectual property. 

To add websites or documents to your list, follow these directions (or watch the video below):

  • Click the Add Items + button and on the right-hand side of the page click the Create tab;
  • Give the item a title, author, and any other information you'd like:
    • If it's a website, put the link under Source;
    • If it's a document you created you want to upload, drag it in the designated area, or click that area to upload the document;
    • If it's an open source PDF, please put a link to it under Source instead of uploading the PDF;
  • Select the correct section and click the Add button.

By adding items like this, you are certifying that you have the rights to do so, such as if you authored the document or if the material has been made freely available by the publisher. If you are unsure if you have the rights to use particular content, contact your subject librarian.

Adding Items Not Owned by the Library - Plan Ahead!

The library can try to license or acquire materials for your class that are not available in our collection. This process can take a few days or several weeks. We recommend that you contact your subject librarian well in advance of when you need the item. Due to the limitations of the library budget, we may not be able to accommodate some purchasing and licensing requests.

To add the desired item to your reading list, follow these directions (or watch the video below):

  • Click the Add Items + button and on the right-hand side of the page click the Create tab;
  • Under Type select the type of resource (Article, Book, Book Chapter, Video, etc.);
  • Fill out as much of the form as you know; the more you fill out the quicker we can locate the item;
  • When you're done filling out the form, select the section it will be in and then click the Add button;
  • Once the citation is added, add a tag to alert the Library. Use "Digitize portion" for articles and chapters, and "Purchase request" for books and media.
  • If you just want to add the book to your list as a recommended reading, or even as a suggested resource for a project, you don't need to add a tag; 

We will then look into licensing and purchase options for this item and get back to you with any questions or issues.

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