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Online reading lists: a guide for students

A guide to using your online reading list.

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
  • Create 'reading intention' 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)
  • Access / print / download digitisations (scanned extracts) requested by your tutor
  • Purchase reading list items and have them delivered to the Blackwell's campus bookstore

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 the author or the title you are looking for. 
The list will only display items with that title or author. You can clear a search by clicking 'Clear search' in the yellow box.

Using the filter/search box in an online Reading List.

Use the Table of Contents

You can use the Table of Contents button at the top left of the list to jump straight to a particular week's recommended reading. 

Using the Table of Contents button to jump to a week's reading.

Filter the list

Use the box on the top right of your list to filter the list to items available in the Library or online; items that you have indicated you will read/haven't haven't read yet, by recommended importance set by your lecturer, or to those with personal notes attached. 

Screenshot of options to filter an online Reading List.

Once you have selected a filter, you will only see items in that category (an item could be in more than one category at once).

To clear a filter, scroll to the top and click 'Clear Filter'.

Screenshot of clearing filters applied to an online Reading List.


Mark your 'reading intention'

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

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

1. This setting is personal to you, so you'll need to scroll up to top of the page, and click 'Log In'. Enter your University of Reading username and password to log into the reading list.

Logging in to an online Reading List.

2. Click on the circle icon next to the title of the item, and choose the relevant statement.

Setting a reading intention in an online Reading List


3. You'll see the reading intention icon that you selected next to the title of the item.

You can go back and update these as you read items on your list.

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!

1. Notes are personal to you, so you'll need to scroll up to top of the page, and click 'Log In'. Enter your University of Reading username and password to log into the reading list.

2. Select the hamburger icon beside the item title, and choose 'Add personal note'.

Adding a note to an online Reading List item.

3. Add your note to the box that appears under the item. Remember to click 'Save'.

Example of a note on an online Reading List.

Your note will now appear as part of the list - only you can see this note.

To edit or delete it, select the hamburger icon and choose 'Edit personal note' or 'Delete personal note'.

Editing a note on a reading list item.

Create a bibliography from your reading list

You can view your list in a particular citation style by clicking the 'Citation Style' button on the top left of the list. 


To export a bibliography in your selected style, go to 'View & Export' on the top right of the list and choose 'PDF - Bibliography'.

Download and print your list

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

Screenshot of downloading an online Reading List as displayed on screen

Purchasing items included on online reading lists

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.  If the bookshop has a copy in stock online a price will be displayed.

Screenshot of online Reading Lists buy from Blackwell link

If Blackwell can recommend another seller, you can still order it from their online store. Click on Buy Now to view the item on the Blackwell's website.

Screenshot of online Reading List item not available from Blackwell

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 these will be accessible via your online Reading List. Scans are accessible from the start of the term in which the module is running.

Accessing a digitised chapter on an online Reading List

When you click 'View Online' you will be asked to sign-in with your University of Reading username and password to access the scan. You will also be given the option to download or print. Please note that only students enrolled on a module are permitted to download or print from these scanned extracts.

Printing or downloading a digitised chapter from an online Reading List.

Reading academic texts - a Study Advice guide

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

If you are unable to view this video on YouTube it is also available on YuJa - view the Reading academic texts video on YuJa (University username and password required)