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Where do I start?

Follow the instructions below to create and edit a Reading List.

Step 1 – Check availability in OLAS


Step 2 – Create the integration between Blackboard and Reading Lists

  • Add Reading List to Content Area in Blackboard
  • Create Reading List link

Step 3 – Create a new Reading List

  • Install Cite It button
  • Creating a Reading List
  • Add collaborator/s

Step 4 – Build Reading List

  • Create sections
  • Add items
    • Using Library search
    • Using the Cite It button
    • Add item manually / upload file
    • Add from My Collection
  • Viewing and editing Reading List item
  • Add tags where appropriate
  • Send to Library
  • Publish Reading List

Step 5 – Link to an existing eReserve list

  • How to migrate an existing eReserve list to Reading Lists
  • Understanding student interaction in a Reading List
  • Notifications

Step 6 – Creating additional Reading Lists

  • Duplicate an existing Reading List
  • Exporting and importing a .lgn file

Step 7 – Ensure the Reading List link in Blackboard is marked ‘Available to Users’

Step 1 – Check availability in OLAS

Please ensure you have updated your OLAS unit with a current availability.

If this needs updating, you will need to wait 24 -48 hrs after updating before creating your Reading List.

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Step 2 – Create the integration between Blackboard and Reading Lists


Add Reading List to Content Area in Blackboard

Go to course page, hover on the left pane + icon and choose Content Area:
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Fill in the Name field with ‘Reading List’ and check Available for Users:
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Click Submit. This will now display in the navigation pane.


Create Reading List link

Go to course page and click on Reading List link in the navigation pane.

Click on ‘Build Content’ and choose Web Link. In the Web Link Information section:

    • Fill in the link Name with ‘Reading List’.
    • Fill in URL with the Launch URL.
    • Tick box The link is to a Tool Provider.

It should look like this:
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The URL is

In the Open Link Options section choose Yes for Open in New Window.
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Click Submit. Now the Reading List link is available for students (you can leave this hidden until it is required).

If you add a Description here please do not use the ‘Carriage Return’ to create paragraphs as this affects the system.

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Step 3 – Create a new Reading List

Next, you will set up your computer and learn how to create a Reading List.

Install Cite It button

The Cite It bookmarklet allows you to collect resources while browsing the web.

You will be prompted to add the Cite It button when you first login to Reading Lists. To install Cite It, drag and drop the Cite It button into your bookmarks toolbar.

However if you need to reinstall the Cite It button, you can find it in the User menu.
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Click on the “Leganto Cite It!” menu option. The following window will open.
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Drop and drag the green Cite It button into your toolbar.

If you need to locate your bookmarks toolbar, please follow this guide.

Creating a Reading List

To link to an existing eReserve list please go to Step 5 – Link to eReserve list, otherwise select the Create It button.
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Add collaborator/s

On the right hand side of Reading List page, you are able to add other staff to work on your list. They can be added to either manage the list or edit the list.
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Step 4 – Build a Reading List

Create sections

Sections divide a list into logical or chronological groups, for example by weeks, topics, mandatory readings or supplementary readings. You will be prompted to create sections; you must have at least one section.
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Add items

You can add items to your Reading List in four ways:

1. Using Library search:

This allows you to search all items held in the Library.
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2. Using the Cite It button:

This allows you to add websites and electronic resources such as electronic articles, YouTube clips, etc. If you haven’t already, make sure to set up the Cite It button in your internet browser by following these instructions.

On a separate browser tab, navigate to the website you want to add to your Reading List and click on the Cite It! button on your toolbar. A pop up box will appear; update as necessary and select Add.
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3. Add item manually / upload file:

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Upload file

Choose a file to upload from your computer to form part of your Reading List. Please note that the Library may remove uploaded documents and replace them with documents hosted on Library local servers. Please do not upload infringing material to Reading Lists; for more detail please see the Curtin University copyright website.

Add item manually

If you cannot locate a resource any other way, the details can be added manually.


4. Add from My Collection:

Your My Collection is a collection of items you have saved. You can add items to My Collection via the Cite it! button or you can add items by importing a RIS File from your citation manager (Zotero, Endnote, Refworks etc.).

This collection can be accessed by clicking on the +Open Collection button. You can then drag and drop items into the list.

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Viewing and editing Reading List items

Add tags where appropriate


Add tags to item will allow you communicate with the Library and students. You can add multiple tags to each item.

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When you click on Add tags to items a dialog box will display.

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When you click in the box, you will be given a preset choice of tags to choose from.
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These tags with the building icon send messages to the Library and can only be seen by you and Library staff.

For Purchase and Move into Reserve Collection, our advice at this time is that this is sufficient to indicate to Library staff the action you require. For Digitise please add to the Library discussion to let us know what you would like digitise.

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Tags with the graduate cap icon are visible to students and provide a convenient way to flag items as Essential and Recommended.

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Send to Library

Once you’ve finished compiling a Reading List, send it to the Library staff for processing. The Send to Library option can be found in many places, however, one is located by clicking the Reading List options button.

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Publish Reading List

When the Reading List is ready, you will need to publish the list. You can set the list to be accessible by your students, by anyone at the institution or by the general public.

Find the Publish option by clicking the Reading List options button.



You will be presented with these options. Leaving the Send to Library button ticked will ensure your list is sent to the Library for processing.



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Step 5 – Link to an existing eReserve list

How to migrate an existing eReserve list to Reading Lists

If you are a current Library e-Reserve user and would like to create a Reading List, click on the link that says Leave this page and explore Leganto.

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Reading Lists will open and your current Reading Lists will be displayed.

Select the Reading List you would like to associate with your course.

Click on the Reading List options > Course Association Options > Associate this list with a course.

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A box will open to allow you to select the course; only courses that you are the Instructor in OLAS will appear.

Click on the arrow and select the course that you wish to associate to the Reading List.

Please note: Make sure you are adding the Reading List to the Blackboard Unit code (not the study pack code).

When you have selected the course you want to associate the Reading List with, there will be a message telling you what action you are about to take.

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Once you have associated the Reading List with the course, it is best practice to view the list. These lists may have some extra features that were not available on the Library’s old system. You may want to add some information to Section names and Section descriptions as they will be showing as N/A, for example.

Please note that associating your eReserve list to your new Reading List will prevent your eReserve list from displaying in the Library Catalogue. If you do not wish this to occur or if you have trouble please email Library Reserve with your Unit Code and your Blackboard Identifier.


Understanding student interaction in a Reading List

Reading Lists encourages social interaction regarding the course readings. Students can like items, post comments in the discussion thread, mark items as read, etc. As the Reading List owner, you can moderate discussions.


Notifications will keep you up to date on activity in your Reading Lists.

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Step 6 – Creating additional Reading Lists

Copying and Duplicating Reading Lists are a convenient way to reuse existing lists/sections. These options can be found by clicking the Reading List options or Section options buttons.

Duplicate an existing Reading List

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Exporting and importing a .lgn file

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And then importing the file:
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Or you can copy individual sections within the same list or move to another list:
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The system considers copied and duplicated lists to be ‘new’, so please remember to Send to Library as necessary.

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Step 7 – Ensure the Reading List link in Blackboard is marked ‘Available to Users’

For further help you may wish to watch this video:

For Library assistance, contact Linda Sheedy ext. 7572 or email

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