Creating and managing your online Reading List using Leganto

Creating an online Reading List Making your Reading List visible to students
Adding resources to your list Best practice guidance
Structuring your list Reading List support

Detailed guidance is below, but here is a quick guide to Creating an online Reading List for your students in Leganto (PDF).

A screenshot of a Resource List

Creating an online Reading List

Create a new list in Blackboard

From your Blackboard module, select the Reading List menu item. Create a list, select a template, then add, delete or move sections. Publish the list to make it visible to your students.

Watch the video Creating an online reading list (59 secs)
Working with your reading list sections (32 secs)

Re-use a list from last year

If you created an online reading list last year, you can amend it to suit this year’s teaching. In your Blackboard module, click on the Reading List menu item then make changes to the rolled-over reading list by adding and removing resources. You may need to edit the date in the title if the list has been rolled-over. Publish the list so it is visible to your students.

Leaganto Reading List screengrab highlighting the edit button

If your reading list hasn’t rolled-over from last year, you can copy a list and amend it to suit this year’s teaching. In the list that you want to copy, click the three dots menu and select ‘duplicate list’. Edit the title of the new list. From the three dots button, select Manage Course Associations, then connect the reading list to the relevant Blackboard module.

Watch the video Copying a list (38 secs)

Ensure you have copied across any other content you want to use from last year's Blackboard course following the instructions on the Digital Learning webpage: Blackboard - Setting up your site for the academic year.

Adding resources to your list

Adding items from within the University Library collection

Items added to the reading list from within the University Library collection will be available to students immediately. Click on the Add Items button in Leganto to search for new material.

Watch the video Adding resources to your list from the library collection (58 secs)

Complete the Library resource recommendation form to ask the Library to make an item available, eg a new ebook or a digitised extract.
If the resource is provided as a digitised extract, the Library will email you a link to the extract, along with this guidance that explains how to add a digitised extract to your online reading list.

Adding items to a list from outside the University Library collection

So that the books and articles added to your reading list are available in an accessible format, please check if they appear in the library's StarPlus catalogue before searching for them more widely on the internet. Watch the video to learn how to add the Cite It button to your toolbar, then capture YouTube videos, government documents and web pages.

Adding resources from the internet to your reading list (1:14 secs)

To ensure your students can view a document in an accessible format, please link to the document landing page rather than directly to a pdf. After adding items from outside the collection, publish the list so that the Library can ensure the new items are accessible.

Structuring your list

Structuring your list will help your students to engage with the resources successfully.

Divide your list into sections, perhaps by topic or by week, so that your students can see which area to focus on.
Watch the video Working with your reading list sections (32 secs)

Move items in your list by dragging them. If you want to move several items you can 'select and move' to move them together.

Tag items to indicate Key reading. Students will understand which materials are required reading and which resources are wider reading.

Annotate items by adding public notes so that students understand how to engage with the resource. For example, "chapter 7 gives a clear summary of the private language argument"; "the author of the article was a leading policy adviser during the Brown government".

Watch the video Organising your reading list (1:16)

Making your list visible to your students

Publish your list to make it available to students. Lists that have rolled over from the previous year will not be visible to your students until they have been published.

The library will take the following action to review newly created lists and items added to rolled-over lists:

  • Make items tagged as Key available electronically where possible. This will be dependent on the availability of a digital format and restrictions under copyright law.
  • Check whether the items on your list are available in the Library (electronically or in print).
  • Ensure links to online content are working.

To unpublish your reading list and hide it from your students, view your list and use the three dots to the right of the reading list title. Click on 'Unpublish'. Your list will revert to "DRAFT - not yet visible to students".

Best practice guidance

Make it clear how you would like students to engage with titles on your list.

  • Group your resources into sections to guide your students to relevant materials, for example reading for week 3 or for a topic on reflective practice.
  • Annotate reading list items to direct students to a specific chapter.
  • Add a reading priority. Highlighting Key reading materials will help your students to understand which items they must read and which titles are for wider reading.

Provide access to resources.

  • Avoid linking directly to a pdf document and instead link to the document landing page. This will improve accessibility as it may allow students to access the document in an alternative format.
  • For Key reading titles, consider adding alternate texts in case the Library is unable to purchase a suitable license that gives concurrent access to all of your students.
  • Consider putting a link to StarPlus in your reading list, along with some relevant search terms. This will prompt students to search for their own material on the topic.
  • Manage student expectations. If a resource is unavailable, for example out of print, consider removing it from your reading list.

Student engagement with the reading list.

  • Consider how list length could support your students. Might they feel overwhelmed by a long reading list?
  • Check usage data for the items on your list as shown in this image:

Screengrab of how to check usage data on a reading list

Keep your list up to date.

  • Review your reading list annually. Books on your list will not automatically update when there is a new edition so check that your list is current.
  • If you would like to request the Library make available a new resource or digitised extract please use the Library resource recommendation form.

Make your list visible to your students.

  • Publish your reading list so that your students can see it.
  • At busy times we ask you to publish your list or “Send list to the Library” 6 weeks before the start of the module so that we can purchase material not available via the Library. If you are not yet ready to publish a brand new list then you can use the “Send list to the library” button to keep the list hidden from students.
  • Shorter lists can be reviewed more quickly by the Library.

Further support

Return to: Using the University's reading list system.

For support with your reading list please contact the Library:

Speak to the Librarian for your subject.

Email us at

To make available new content for your reading list, please use the Library resource recommendation form.