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Leganto: How to Make Library "Reading Lists" in Your Courses

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

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Denise Crews

Announcements & Updates to Leganto Reading Lists

Announcements & Updates:

You can also work in your own Reading Lists account (not in Canvas) at this link!  Sign in with Regent credentials. Associate the list with a course in order to access all options.  

In your Leganto account, enable the "Cite It!" tool by clicking on your initials in the upper right & then drag the "Cite It!" button to your bookmark bar.  This tool will allow you to instantly add any website (such as free articles or videos) to your lists.  

You can now export sources from Primo search to your lists! Be sure to use Chrome to export sources from Primo to Leganto (not Firefox).

All instructors will need to click "Save & Send to Library" to make the lists visible in their courses. Lists in master shells will be automatically copied into course shells, but all instructors need to "Save" to make them visible. Any instructor can add to or change a list (click "Save" again after edits).

Bring the Entire Library Into Your Online Courses

Please scroll down this page to see the video and step-by-step instructions with screenshots.

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

With a new program called Reading Lists (Leganto) in Canvasyou 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, and the links won't break or cause confusion. You can also list on-campus course reserves and books for students to purchase as well as integrate your own materials, videos, etc.. This program helps to organize all the readings for a course and to integrate the library's collection into any Canvas course!

The library sources are all 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 can request we obtain new sources in our library collection or digitize sections of print sources we already own.

The library staff is dedicated to helping you build your reading lists and can be contacted at or through emailing 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.

In Canvas or Leganto, simply go to "Reading Lists" in the left margin menu, then create a "New List," then "Add Item" to see four options for adding sources:

1) "Find library resources" (search Primo, which will show both print & e-sources, and also suggest titles we don't have),
2) "Add non-library resources" (add a web URL or a resource we don't own that you can't find in the library search--and either request purchase or tell students to "please purchase" a book in a "Public Note"), 
3)  Search your own "My Resources," sources you've added to your own personal folder before, or
4) "Upload a file" from your computer.

Adding Various Kinds of Sources:

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! 

Purchase Requests: 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.

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 (students can get it through ILL). 

Copying Print 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 library resources search, first go to the 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. 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, videos, & open access sources).  You can also use the Cite It! tool to easily add web sources.  

To request purchases and digitized chapters, you can also directly email or or message us through the "Library Discussion" in Leganto.

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!

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

Please see detailed steps below with pictures, open our Quick Start guide, and watch these brief videos:

Canvas Steps: Adding Reading Lists & Items

1. Select "Reading Lists" in the left margin of Canvas. Then select "+ New List." Name your list (for example, "Required Readings," "Further Readings," or "Reference Works").  Expand the list screen (click the square with the arrow).

2. Then click "Add Items" and see the four options in blue to the right (screenshot below).  If you find a book in the Library Resources search that we don't own or don't have an e-book of, you can "add" the item and you will get a pop-up box asking if you'd like to make a purchase request or other options (2nd & 3rd screenshots below) and digitization requests for a chapter of a book by clicking on the book title & then "Request PDF" (4th screenshot). You can also place print books on "course reserves" for on campus classes using the "tags."


If the source is a print book that needs to have a chapter digitized, select that option and Confirm, then click on the source title and "Request PDF."

3. If you are working in the program apart from Canvas, be sure to "associate list" with a course and, if necessary, add "collaborators" to work on the course with you.  When finished with your list, click "Send to the Library for Review." Then the library staff will process any requests or questions.

4. You may want to share a link to your reading list in the Syllabus section and Announcements of a course so students know all of these sources are provided!  To copy a link to your list, click on the drop-down menu or the small copy icon next to the title of the reading list, and copy the shareable link by pressing control + C. 

To move Reading Lists up in the Canvas menu, simply click "Settings" in the left margin, then "Navigation" and arrange menu items. 

To link a source in a module/unit, click on the three dots next to any source in your Reading List, and create a "shareable link" to then paste in your unit.

Or, when editing a unit, click the "plug" icon and then "import citation" at the top of the edit box. 

Alternately, you can copy a Permalink (the chain icon and control + C) from any source in Primo, our library search system, or in a database, and paste it into any unit in your course, or you can download PDFs of an article or chapter from the library and upload them into a unit.  Librarians can help via an in-person meeting, video session, phone call, or email.  

5. See below for instructions for working in Leganto directly (not in Canvas) and how to add library sources directly into course modules (units/study folders). 

To add a source link directly into a module, click "Edit," the "plug icon," and select "import citation" to access the sources on the reading list you have already created in that course. This will prevent students having to search for sources at the library or in the Reading List.


Build Lists from the Leganto Interface

You can also create reading lists in your own Leganto Reading List account rather than working on them in Canvas.

These can be for personal reference or to share with others, such as students (click the three-dots menu & create "shareable link").

You can also choose to "associate with a course" to add to a course.


Export Sources from Primo to Lists!

You can now export sources from Primo (the library search) to your reading lists.

Just click on a source's options menu in Primo (three dots) and then click the icon for "Reading List."

Select which of your reading lists and then "resources" or the right sub-section.

If you are searching for a source that won't come up in Leganto's "Add Item" search, try Primo as some sources may not come up in Leganto.