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Online reading lists: a guide for students

What else can I do with my reading list?

To help you manage your time and academic reading more effectively, there are lots of extra things you can do with your reading list:

  • Search for authors / titles within your list
  • Sort your list by item type or importance
  • Filter by e-resource type
  • Create 'read status' notes
  • Make notes about items you've read (that only you can see!)
  • Download or print your list
  • Create a bibliography from your reading list (in a speciifc referencing style)
  • Purchase reading list items and have them delivered to the Blackwell's campus bookstore
  • Access / print / download digitisations (scanned extracts) requested by your tutor

The boxes on this page, show you how!

Search for authors/titles within your list

You can filter your list to search for a specific title or author.
Use the box on the top right of your list to enter your search terms.

Sort your list by item type or importance

You can sort your list by:

  • item type - book, article, journal, audio visual, webpage etc.
  • importance - whether your tutor considers this item to be 'essential' (must read), 'recommended' (should read) or 'further' reading (could read)

Use the box on the top right of your list to sort your list in this way.

Filter by e-resource type

You can also filter by e-resource type. So you can search for e-books, online resources (like e-journal articles and webpages), and for digitisations (scans of readings) requested by your tutor. Use the box on the top right of your list to sort your list in this way.

Create 'read status' notes

Read status notes allow you to manage your time more effectively. Plan your weekly reading, annotating each item with 'Will read', 'Reading now', or 'Won't read' as appropriate. This will help you keep track of what you have read so far.

Only you see your 'read status' details. However, your tutor will have access to anonymised class-wide statistics.

Make notes about items you've read

You can add private notes about your reading. No one else can see these notes, not even your tutor!

Download and print your list

You can use the 'Export to PDF' option to download and print a copy of this list, in a similar style to the online version.

Create a bibliography from your reading list

Select "View bibliography"  then choose a referencing style from the drop down list for a 'conventional' bibliography.

Order reading list items to the Blackwell's campus bookstore

As well as seeing live Library availability for a book cited on your reading list, you can also see if it is available to purchase in the Blackwell's bookshop on campus.  If the bookshop has a copy in store it will show as 'in stock'.

If the bookshop does not have a copy in stock, you can still order it from their online store and have it delivered to the campus bookshop at no extra charge. Click on Buy it now from Blackwell to order the item shown.

The price shown is for the edition cited, you may be able to find a cheaper edition (e.g. in paperback) by going to the Blackwell website. Click on Buy it now from Blackwell to see what options you have.

Blackwell is just one book retailer - you can, of course, buy your books elsewhere!

Accessing / printing / downloading digitisations (scanned extracts)

If your tutor has requested a scanned extract of a particular chapter or article click on the blue Online Resource button to access this.

You will be asked to sign-in with your University of Reading username and password to access the scan. These are available to view from the start of the term in which the module is running.

Please note that only students enrolled on a module are permitted to download or print from these scanned extracts.

To do this click on the small icon above the cover sheet to select the option to either Print, Download or view Full Screen.

Reading academic texts - a Study Advice guide

For more advice on managing your academic reading, watch this short video from the Study Advice team.