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Advantages of Reading Lists Online

Advantages of Reading Lists Online

  • Easily accessible through Moodle or the Reading Lists Online website
  • Less time taken in searching iDiscover and more time reading
  • Digitised/scanned chapters sit right in the reading lists and are quickly available
  • Lists can be filtered - for example, by priority
  • You can create your own bibliography of useful resources and export them in the referencing style that suits you to a Word Document

READING LISTS ONLINEInformation for Students

Reading Lists Online provide easy access to your course reading lists. They show the location and availability of print books and link to electronic books, articles and websites, videos and digitised chapters.

Items on a list may be tagged with ‘Essential’, ‘Recommended’ or ‘Further reading’. Any essential or recommended items will be given priority by libraries when purchasing copies (usually in e-format).


Help us make online reading lists even better!

In April 2021, we conducted a short survey on how students view and use Reading Lists Online, which are your online reading lists that the University are using in many faculties and departments.  

The aim of this survey was to improve reading lists for you, as one of the tools to support your studies, and we listened to your initial feedback and have advised our library teams on ways to make them even better and more user friendly for you.

We'd really like to work with students more closely to see how they interact with the online reading list system through some usability testing.

All you need to participate in this study is access to a PC or laptop where you can share your screen over an online meeting (either in Microsoft Teams or Zoom) and to have one hour of free time to run through some exercises with a member of our user experience team. We will check your permission that you are happy for us to record the session for data collection purposes only, and we will delete the recording before the end of Michaelmas Term at the very latest. You will remain anonymous through the process of collecting and reporting the data.

If you haven't seen or used these online lists before, but would be interested in the study, you are very welcome to participate. No previous experience is required!

By seeing how you use Reading Lists Online, and for you to talk through the processes and observations you make when using the system with us, we can continue to make improvements to benefit you and many more students who are using online reading lists now and in the future.

If you would like to participate in the usability testing, at a time and date that is convenient for you, please send an email to and we'll be in touch!

FAQs contents

How do I find my reading lists?

Accessing a list from Moodle


Search for a list in Reading Lists Online


Accessing items on a reading list

How can I use the lists?

Filtering for essential items

Searching for a specific item

Browse a list

Export a reading list into a bibliography

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