Reading lists

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Date: Tuesday, 7 December 2021, 3:51 AM


A guide to the Library Reading List system in myCourse.

Setting up your reading lists

Send the Library your reading lists and they’ll do the rest...

The Library will:

  • ensure resources are easily accessible in print or online
  • link to digitised chapters, ebooks, journal articles and the library catalogue
  • add any notes as required
  • show references in the correct HARVARD format (or APA/OSCOLA as required)
  • create weekly or general lists – whatever you need
  • load into your SOL unit
  • update as needed


  • Lists accepted in all formats - emails/word docs/weekly outlines/general readings
  • Please include the unit title/code

More guidance is available on the Reading List LibGuide

Send your lists to your
Information Librarian and the reading list team on today!

An example reading list can be seen here: Example reading list 

Please find our Service Standards and Collection Development policy for Reading Lists on the Library website.

About your reading list

Reading lists are powered by Talis and provide links to electronic material and webpages, plus links to the library catalogue for print items. Videos from BoB National and LinkedIn Learning can also be included.

Lists can include headed sections or subsections and notes can be added to the list or to individual readings as required. Importance labels can also be added to each item if preferred i.e. essential, recommended or further.

Item functions

To access electronic material use the view online option - you may be asked to log in to access some items and, in the majority of cases, this would be you university email address and password.

Click on the title for print items to expand the section to reveal more information on that title, including where to find it and how many copies are available. Clicking on the title again will collapse the section or it will automatically collapse when the next print item is opened.

Digitised readings

A digitised material note will indicate chapters or articles that have been made available digitally via the Copyright Licencing Agency's Digital Content Store (DCS). These will open in the DCS Advanced Student Reader, developed by the CLA in partnership with Kortext, which allows students to view, download and print digital content and more. Check out the CLA website for more information about the DCS Advanced Student Reader. All of our digitised material has Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

Other features

'Table of contents' menu allows you to skip to a specific section on the list. 


'Type all' allows you to select specific item types.

'Filter all' allows you to select resource format and notes

You can also select both  'Type all' and 'Filter all' at the same time to perform a combined filter, for example, to filter the list to show online books only

Click on 'Citation Style' to view the items in Harvard SSU, APA or OSCOLA referencing styles.

Please note that if the references are being used for assessed work, they will need to be checked for accuracy before submitting.

Search the list for a specific item or items by typing the author or a keyword into the search box.


                               Students are able to set reading intentions for each item

More options under the vertical ellipsis include the ability to add personal notes and share

And if a link is not working, it can be reported to the reading list team using the Report broken link function in the vertical ellipsis

The library also has a useful guide for students that includes information about using your reading list.

Importing your list to your new unit page

If you import a reading list over with your other content, it will appear in your new unit in draft status rather than published status. What you will see depends on whether you have one list or multiple lists for that unit on the reading list system.

If you import a list across to your new pages please send an email to to tell us you have done this. We can then publish the list for you and check links, update editions and confirm continued compliance for digitised material.

If you wish to publish the list yourself please follow the instructions below:


If you have one list on the unit, the list will automatically appear in the viewing panel and there will be a ‘save’ button in the right hand corner

  • check it is the correct list
  • click ‘save’ to publish the list to your unit page.

If you have more than one list on the unit, when you click on an imported reading list link, you will see a list of all of the reading lists for that unit. Each list needs to be linked up on the correct page.

  • click on the imported reading list link on the unit page
  • enter the unit code into the search box and select the appropriate list
  • once selected that list will display in the viewing panel and the save button will turn red
  • check the list is the correct one and click on the save button
  • the selected list will now be published on the page


Please note:

Even if you publish the list yourself, you still need to send an email to so that we can check the list. This ensures that your list is kept up-to-date with current library stock, allows your information librarian to obtain any new titles needed for your unit and ensures we remain in compliance with our scanning licence. If you want to make changes later that is fine, just send the changes through to us and we can do those at any time.


Staff Perspectives


"The feedback from my students...has been very positive and has simplified access to relevant material where the link is embedded into the relevant weeks. It has also broadened their research skills and enhanced their critical engagement too."

Darren Kerr                                                   
Senior Lecturer in Film and Television

One of the biggest challenges when teaching any unit based around theory and critical or historical writing is ensuring that students are able to engage with the relevant material with the minimum of fuss.

The most recent upgrade of the online reading list system has resulted in a seamless link between the relevant units' own myCourse* pages and the key readings, something that has made the availability of such material much more transparent for the students.

Much of what I teach explores the history of film and television, and there is so much material on the library shelves that it can be overwhelming. I have found that by putting key material online in this way students are increasingly engaged as it is so easily and obviously accessible.

Meanwhile, the simultaneous inclusion of selected ‘further readings’ has resulted in essays and assessments that show a broader level of understanding and utilisation of material than had previously been the case.

By tying the material in with workshops from the library staff the students have been able to access material in both traditional and new ways, which can only be beneficial.

Mark Aldridge
Senior Lecturer in Film and Television


"The library team were incredibly supportive and greatly facilitated the production of course material, even at critical time in the academic year. The digitisation of course texts and provision of access via the reading list integrated with the unit on MyCourse*, made readings clearly and easily accessible to students. There is profoundly important value in searching through library shelves, but the reading list links serve to provide direct and instantaneous electronic access to specified texts."

Dr. Tom Slevin
Lecturer in Photography


"I have read the other lecturers comments and completely agree with their views on access to relevant materials, which is demonstrated through improvements to the quality and quantity of research for assessments. As a mature lecturer, I have had to accept that it is a changing academic world and whilst those of us who haven't grown up with technology may bemoan students lack of familiarity with the library, the fact is that students expect instant access to information and the virtual library accessed via the digital reading lists have enabled lecturers (especially old Luddites like me with limited IT skills) to provide this. I have been astounded by the efficiency of the library staff in responding to requests for reading and visual materials to be digitalised and attached to the reading list.. This has not only meant that students can get quick and easy access, but I frequently use it myself . Its also a really valuable tool for locating materials within seminars and lectures (especially models or short clips of film). Thus introducing virtual learning through formal teaching contact."

Polly Burton
Senior Lecturer in Criminology

* Please note: myCourse is now Solent Online Learning (SOL)

Staff FAQs

I would like my students to be able to access their reading list on SOL, but I am not sure what to do.

Can I just upload my reading list as a Word document to SOL?

Is it possible to have separate reading lists for each week as opposed to one long reading list?

Can a variety of different types of resource on my reading list be accommodated?

I’ve emailed my reading list but it has not appeared on SOL – what should I do?

One of the links on my reading list is broken. What should I do?

How many chapters can I digitise from one book?

Can I just carry my reading list over for next year?

Can I just carry forward my digitised documents for next year?


I would like my students to be able to access their reading list on SOL, but I am not sure what to do.

If you email your reading list to and your information librarian, we will do the rest. We only need the unit title and unit code, but other information such as the course title, start date and the approx. no. of students taking the unit are always useful.


Can I just upload my reading list as a Word document to SOL?

You can do this but the library’s online reading lists will link students directly to digitised chapters, ebooks, online journal articles and tell them where they can locate print items in the library. Also, by informing your information librarian of which texts/resources you require, we can make sure that these are available in the library in sufficient quantity.


Is it possible to have separate reading lists for each week as opposed to one long reading list?

Yes – we can do weekly reading lists, or core and recommended reading – just let us know what you would like.


Can a variety of different types of resource on my reading list be accommodated?

Reading lists can include whichever resources you wish to direct your students to, e.g. films, images, journal articles, books.


I’ve emailed my reading list but it has not appeared on SOL – what should I do?

The library aims to process each reading list within 10 working days. If, however, they don’t appear, please contact or your information librarian. 


One of the links on my reading list is broken. What should I do?

There is a 'Report broken link' function in the vertical ellipsis or send the details to your information librarian (and copy your email to and we will respond as soon as possible.


How many chapters can I digitise from one book?

Currently, we can digitise up to 10% or one chapter of most UK textbooks. For more information, see our Copyright Information.  


Can I just carry my reading list over for next year?

Yes. You can easily import your reading list over from an old unit into a new unit when you move over the other content. Please let us know if you intend to do this, so we can ensure everything is working and can be updated with newer editions and ebooks etc. 

If you have digitised documents in your lists, you must contact us - all digitised documents need to rechecked every year to ensure they still comply with our scanning licence if they are still required for teaching.


Can I just carry forward my digitised documents for next year?

If you have digitised documents you must inform the library that these are still required. It is a breach of our copyright licence with the CLA to allow digitised documents to be carried over without checking that they still comply. We must check these each year and report their usage to the CLA.

Copyright Information

Please note that you must not scan books or articles yourself! 

Check that all the scanned chapters and articles on your SOL unit have a University copyright declaration front sheet supplied by the CLA.

If not, then they will not comply with the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Higher Education licence terms which stipulate what the University can and cannot do. The Library are the only authorised scanners under the licence and all the copies we provide carry this front sheet.

If you have any concerns, or think you might have scanned items/links on your units that need to be reviewed, please check with your Information Librarian or email for help.

We are not saying you cannot have scanned or digitised items on SOL, just that these need to be done in a particular way and we can help!

To make your life easier, we can:

  • digitise 10% or one chapter of most UK textbooks
  • obtain digitised journal articles
  • link to electronic books and articles
  • provide durable web links so your materials will not suddenly disappear
  • check and update materials for September

Check your units now and make sure all your teaching resources are accessible AND copyright compliant.

Please note: the CLA has the right to view SOL and take action if they find non-compliant copies. Penalties could include the loss of the Library's digitisation service and/or a hefty fine, along with reputational damage.

General copyright information is available via and at

What about other PDFs?

The Reading List LibGuide contains guidance relating to copyright. There is a page specifically dedicated to 'Adding readings to SOL' which explains the potential hazards of adding PDFs found on the internet directly into your unit pages. You should not assume that all PDFs found online are supposed to be there or are free to use. Adding copyrighted material directly into your unit pages could leave you at risk of copyright infringement for which penalties can be severe, including unlimited fines and/or imprisonment.

And remember! PDF copies of journal articles, scans of printed book chapters, or saved copies of digitised documents must not be added directly into unit pages.

Student FAQs

Where can I find my reading list?

How do I access SOL?

I can’t find a reading list on my unit page – what should I do?

I’ve been through the Library Catalogue and all the books I need are out on loan. What can I do?

I can’t see next week’s readings yet. What should I do?

One of the links on my reading list is broken. What should I do?

Is everything on my reading list available from the Library?

How do I print my reading list?

Can I access my reading list from off campus?

I’ve done all the reading on my reading list. Where can I go for further reading?


Where can I find my reading list?

Your reading lists are available on your SOL unit page, just look for the eye icon. There may be a list for core texts, recommended texts or weekly readings.


How do I access SOL?

SOL can be found under the Solent signpost on the University portal. Log in to SOL using your university username and password.


I can’t find a reading list on my unit page – what should I do?

Please contact your unit leader to advise you on this.

I’ve been through the Library Catalogue and all the books I need are out on loan.  What can I do?

You can place a reservation on this title and you will be notified as soon as it has been returned to the library.


I can’t see next week’s readings yet. What should I do?

It may be that your lecturer hasn’t set any specific reading for that week. Please contact your unit leader.


One of the links on my reading list is broken. What should I do?

Please use the 'Report broken link' function in the vertical ellipsis to the right of the item on the list or contact the Library so that we can fix it. You will find a Contact the Library link at the bottom of each reading list or use our Enquiry Hub.


Is everything on my reading list available from the Library?

Everything on your reading list should be available from the library. Occasionally, where materials have been ordered/requested, the library may still be awaiting them. Please check any notes on the reading list indicating whether a book is on order, a digitised copy has been requested or the item is unavailable.


How do I print my reading list?

Just use the File/Print settings from your browser


Can I access my reading list from off campus?

Yes, you can but you may find that you are prompted to log in to access the ebooks and online journal articles on your reading list.


I’ve done all the reading on my reading list. Where can I go for further reading?

For books and audiovisual material search the Library catalogue. For newspaper and journal articles, market research reports, law reports, financial information etc. you will need to search the Library's eResources or contact your Information Librarian for help.

Project Information (Archive)

Integrating Moodle and RefWorks 

Providing meaningful reading lists to students is an incredibly difficult task – from obtaining them from lecturers, loading them onto a system, creating durable links to resources from different ejournal providers, providing access to digitised documents etc. At Solent University, we started to look at the best way we could create this information and provide it to students, ideally within the VLE, accessible at time and point of need.

Following on from the OU’s Telstar project, we now use a RefWorks [bibliographic software] integration within Moodle to create reading lists that display in our Harvard SSU customised style (as well as standard APA 6th and OSCOLA 4th).  We are trying to make access to Reading lists and referencing as easy as possible for our students but we still have a long way to go!

For more information about this project please contact:

Julie Kingstone, Digital Systems Support Librarian

Roger Emery, Head of Learning Technologies

Owen Stephens, Consultant