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For Faculty: How to Make Library "Reading Lists" in Your Courses (Leganto)

A way to integrate library materials such as articles, videos, e-books, course reserve books, & scanned chapters into your Canvas courses.

Bring the Entire Library Into Your Courses

What are Reading Lists & How Will They Help Me & My Students?

With a new program called Reading Lists (click to get into your account), found in Canvas course menusyou can easily link a vast amount of library sources: books, e-books, articles, chapters, videos, reference works, & web sources, as required or suggested course readings, so that students can instantly view them.

As an instructor or staff, you have your own personal account in the Reading List platform where you can organize all the readings for a course and integrate the library's collection into any Canvas course! Reading Lists can also be used to compile your own research or recommended sources on any topic, to share with students or others as needed, rather than in a course.

All library resources are free to students and can save them money by not having to purchase all readings. In addition to our existing digital articles, e-books, & videos, you as a faculty member, course builder, or adjunct instructor can request purchase of new resources for our library collection or request digitization of chapters or sections of print sources we already own (Both purchase requests and digitization requests can easily be made in our Primo search as well--look for the black font that says Purchase Request or Request PDF of Chapter in a book record). 

The library staff is dedicated to helping you build your reading lists. You can contact the reserves department or email librarians Denise Crews or Meredith Ader.  We can set up a session to show you how to use this program or to help you build your actual lists.

Steps for Enabling Reading Lists in Your Canvas Course (Click "Get Started" to See Steps)

How to find and add lists in Leganto through Canvas

Duplicating an Existing Reading List for a Course


Adding Items to the Reading List in Canvas

Adding an Item Directly from Primo to a Reading List

Add A Citation to A Module, Assignment, Or Discussion in Canvas

How To Use the Cite It Extension to Add Items to My Resources On the Web

How to Add Public Annotations to a PDF in Reading List

How to Create a New Reading List Using An .LGN File

Exporting Reading Lists as an .LGN file - a great way to safeguard your lists!

Options for Adding Sources to Reading Lists

Adding Various Kinds of Sources:

Digital Sources We Own: If we already own the e-book, digital video, or article you need, students can access the whole source online directly in the course!  Just add it to your Reading List through the "add" tool, or click "RL" while searching in Primo.  

Books We Only Have in Print: If you add a book we only have in print, you'll get a pop-up box asking if you want us to purchase it as an e-book.  E-books may not be available for all titles. The other options are to digitize a chapter or put the print book on reserves at the library desk.

Sources We Don't Own Yet: If you add a book we don't own at all, you will have the option to request purchase as a book, e-book, or just to list the title/citation (students can purchase through the bookstore or borrow the book through Fulfillment Services (ILL) in Primo with the "Get it..." button; you can leave a note pointing this out). 

PDFs of Book Chapters: You can let students read a section of our print library books online; just click the book title and scroll down to the black link that says "Request PDF of Chapter" to have us scan up to 10% of the book for you.  You can also request that we scan a brief reference entry. If your list is associated with a course, you will also see a blue "Digitization" link with a lightning bolt, which is the best link to use.

Sources That Don't Come Up in the Search: If you know of a source you need, and it's not coming up in the Reading List search tool, first go to Regent's Primo library search and look for it; then export from Primo to the list.  If it's not in Primo, go back to your list and click on "Add Non-Library Resources" and add in the URL, title, and author manually, or use the Cite It! tool on the web. Select the type such as "website" or "book." You'll get a pop-up box asking if you want to request purchase (not needed for free websites & open-access sources).  

On-Campus Course Reserves: If you need a print book on reserve for an on-campus class, tag it as a course reserves book and decide how long students can check it out for.  It will be placed at the front desk for your students!

Digital Fulfillment/Sequestering: On rare occasions, such as when an e-book is not available and the book is in high demand, the library may be able to digitize a full book and sequester the print copy so that it can only be "checked out" online.  Then, the book can be read online by one user at a time. These books can be found in the Primo search by title, the Digital Fulfillment Collection, or can be linked in a Reading List. Contact with questions.

Note: You can always leave a note in "library discussion," email your librarian, or email the library staff at regarding any issue.