Reading list service
Provide your students with easy 24/7 online access to required and recommended readings.
Step-by-step guides for getting started and maintaining your reading lists.
For action each teaching period.
All items requiring digitisation are assessed to ensure they comply with copyright.
All readings and course materials must be accessible for students with a disability.
Search reading lists
Search for reading lists and courses.
The Reading List service is a web-based system which provides 24/7 access to course readings through direct links to articles, ebooks, databases, websites, the library catalogue and digitised readings in one convenient list.
Access the reading lists
There are several ways to navigate to your reading list. If there is no reading list for your course, please contact your lecturer for more information.
When in a reading list, click on Log In.
If prompted, enter your normal Griffith username/password.
View Online button
The View Online button indicates that this item is available in an electronic format. Clicking on it will link out to the resource or open a page to access a digitisation.
Check for library availability
- Click on the title of an item to expand the view and see whether the item is in print or online and campus availability.
- Click on the location information to go to the Classic Catalogue for more detail and to place a hold if necessary.
- Click on View other formats/editions to search the catalogue for older editions.
Once you have set the intention, the icons are visible for quick reference.
Type in your note and click Save.
Now download the bibliography:
- Click the View & Export button at the top right of the page
- Click PDF - Bibliography.
- Contact the Course Convenor if there is no View Online button for a resource that should be available electronically (not all resources are electronic).
- Ebooks have user limits. This varies depending on platform, publisher and the number of copies purchased. Usually a message will display advising the user that the user limit has been exceeded. If this happens try again at a later time.
- Download limits can vary depending on platform and publisher. Please refer to the information on the ebook platform landing page for details.
The Reading List service is a web-based system which provides 24/7 access to course readings through direct links to articles, ebooks, databases, websites, the library catalogue and digitised readings in one convenient list. There are a few initial setup activities outlined in this guide and only need to be undertaken once. For more information including policies related to the service see the Reading List Overview.
Access the reading lists
There are several ways to navigate to your reading list. If you cannot find a reading list through the methods below, then the list has not been created yet. In this case, email email@example.com to request a new reading list shell.
You need to be logged in with your Griffith username/password to edit your reading list.
When in a reading list, click on Log in.
Add a reading list to My Lists
- Go to a reading list.
- Click on + My Lists.
- The next time you log in, click on My Lists to quickly go directly to lists you own or are working on.
The term “Bookmarking” refers to adding a resource to a reading list. If you haven’t set up the Bookmark Button in your browser yet, go to the Quick start guide - Teaching Staff. If you have already added a resource to your list and need to request a digitisation from a print resource, go to the Request digitisations guide.
You can add any type of resource to a reading list regardless if it is held by Griffith. The Reading List team regularly check list items and attempt to provide access electronically first and then in print. If you add an item not held, you can also initiate the checking via the Suggest a purchase form. Be sure to include the Course Code and whether the reading is Required or Recommended.
Create a bookmark
- Search for the resource (book, article, etc.) in the Library Catalogue or through your preferred internet search for non-Library items.
- Add the bookmark using the Bookmark Button according to the type of resource or manually create a bookmark.
In the bookmark form, you can either choose to save the bookmark (Create) to add to your reading list later or you can add it immediately (Create & Add to List) in one step. Resources are not visible to students until you Publish the list.
- Select Create. The bookmark is saved for later action.
- Continue bookmarking other resources if needed or go to Add bookmarked resources to the list section below.
Add the bookmarked resources to the list
- Log In to the Reading List service and open your reading list.
- If you chose to Create & add to list, the bookmarked resource will be appear in the top or bottom of the section that you added it to.
Each reading in a list must be assigned an importance tag of Required resource or Recommended resource. These tags assist students to plan their study. These are also used by the Library when purchasing resources to ensure that the University complies with the Higher Education Support Act 2003. See the Reading List Service Overview for more information.
There are no set guidelines on adding student notes. However, these can be helpful to assist students when accessing the readings (e.g. for an ebook include the chapter or page numbers). Griffith University Library staff add notes for copyright compliance issues.
The reading list structure is highly customisable and can be designed to align with the pedagogy of course content within Learning@Griffith. Course Convenors can choose to use a basic style with only the Required and Recommended readings sections or create an enhanced structure. Sections and Notes can be added to guide students according to weeks, modules or tutorials, for example. The images below show two examples as seen by the students.
Basic list example:
Enhanced list example:
You can see how the list will appear to your students by clicking on:
View, then selecting As student.
Structure a reading list
Reading lists can include any type of resource; either online or print. For print resources the Library can create digitisations (per copyright limits) which students can then access online as a pdf. The steps below are NOT needed for any online resource (i.e. online journal, ebook, streaming video).
Due to copyright requirements, digitised materials have a start and end date that aligns with the period the course is offered. When these dates have lapsed, the digitisations expire, and they need to be re-requested. This also gives list owners an opportunity to review and update the list for any changes. The steps to re-request a digitisation are the same as requesting the initial digitisation as below.
- Click Next at the bottom of the page.
- The next page shows the course details. This information is auto-populated. If needed, you can make some changes.
- The start and end dates default to the time period for the course.
- The Needed by date can be left blank.
- Add or change the Student Numbers if this is blank. This does not need to be exactly correct, an estimate of the number of students is acceptable.
- Click Next.
- The last page shows your name and email. This is auto-populated but you can change if requesting on behalf of someone else.
- Click Next.
There are several possible outcomes after submitting the request. While your request is being processed the Digitisation pending message will display in the action button options .
If the request is not fulfilled immediately, Reading List staff will review and process. An email is sent when the request has been completed or if there is any issue.
Below are How-to videos intended to complement the information contained in the How-to guides. Please refer to the How-to guides above for more detailed instructions.
Install the bookmark button
Bookmarking a book
Bookmarking a book chapter
|Thursday, 19th March, 2020||Trimester 2 reading lists are now available for course conveners/academic staff to edit and/or update. If a digitised reading is required for Trimester 2, it should be re-requested by selecting Request Digitisation from the action menu to the right of the title on the reading list.|
|Monday, 13th July, 2020||2020 Trimester 2 starts.|
Open Universities Australia
|Friday, 1st May, 2020||If a digitised reading is required for Study Period 2, it should be re-requested by selecting Request Digitisation from the action menu to the right of the title on the reading list.|
|Monday, 1st June, 2020||2020 OUA Study Period 2 starts.|
|Monday, 15th June, 2020||If a digitised reading is required for OUA Study Session 2, it should be requested by selecting Request Digitisation from the action menu to the right of the title on the reading list.|
|Monday, 6th July, 2020||2020 OUA Study Session 2 starts.|