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Finding subject readings

Subject readings are essential materials assigned by your lecturer. These might be book chapters, journal articles, websites, past exam papers, online videos or physical items available in the Library collection. You can also access readings via the “My Library” tab in Moodle.

The Subject Readings site provides quick access to resources, it is not an official record of the reading list. Always check your Subject Outline for an official and accurate list of readings.

Refer to UOW Referencing Style Guides to cite sources correctly for your subject, using the style specified in your Subject Outline.

From Summer Session, find your subject readings in Moodle

From Summer Session 2021/2022 and beyond, you'll be able to view your reading list and access resources directly from your subject's Moodle site. Just look for the Subject Readings icon.

Subject Readings icon

You'll also be able to:


Mark an item as 'done' to keep track of what you've read

Click the tick to the right of the title.

'Mark as done' tick is located to the right of a citation title

Or, click the ellipsis [...] to the right of the title and select 'Mark as done'.

Ellipsis menu to the right of a citation with 'Mark as done' selected.


Tag items to easily find them later

Click on the title of an item to open the detailed record. Click 'Add tags to item'. Type your tag in the field, for example Use for essay. Click 'Save' to the right.

Make notes about items

To make a note, click the title of an item to open the detailed record. Scroll down to the 'Private note' section. Click 'Add private note'. Type your note in the field and click 'Save'.

Report broken links

Click the item title to open the detailed record, then under 'Links & Availability' click the mark as broken button to the right of the link that is broken.

Like items

Click a title to open the detailed record. Then in the top right corner, click the heart icon to like an item.

Like button

Comment on items (if enabled by your lecturer)

Use the Student Discussion at the list level to comment on the list as a whole. To comment on a specific citation, click its title and use the Student Discussion in the right hand panel to discuss or ask a question about that specific item. Comments can be seen by other students and teaching staff.

Student discussion panel showing blank field to add a comment and 'submit comment' button to the bottom left.

Frequently asked questions

When I click the Subject Readings icon on my Moodle site I can't access the reading list.
This may be because the list hasn't been published yet. Please let your lecturer or tutor know if you are still not able to see the reading list once session has started.

There is no Subject Readings icon on my Moodle site.
If the Moodle site is for a subject that commenced prior to 1 October 2021, you may still need to go to the previous subject readings site to access your readings. Also note that not every Moodle site will include Subject Readings. Check your Subject Outline to see if your subject readings are listed there.

Can I create a personal reading list? 
Yes. You can add items to 'My Collection', which is your own personal repository of resources.

Ways to add to 'My Collection':

  • Select 'My Collection' in the top left menu and click 'Add items' to add resources from Library SEARCH.
  • Use the Cite It! browser extension to add resources you find while browsing the web. To install the extension, click your initials at the top right and select Cite It!.
  • Copy items in subject readings to your collection by clicking the ellipsis [...] beside an item and select 'Copy to my collection'.
  • Pin items to your favourites in Library SEARCH. Note: 'My Collection' in Subject Readings syncs with 'My Favourites' in Library SEARCH. If you delete an item from one, it deletes it from the other. Tags/labels also sync. An exception is that adding to 'My Collection' won't add to 'My Favourites'.

To go to your 'Collection', click the menu at the top left and select 'My Collection'. From there you can view and tag items in your collection.

Top left menu open with 'My Collection' button selected.

Can I view reading lists for subjects I am not currently enrolled in?
Yes. You can view and access readings in any published list, even for subjects you are not currently studying. To browse other lists, click 'FIND LISTS' from the top left menu.

Where can I find further help?
In the first instance, contact your subject coordinator or tutor if you are unable to see the reading list or access specific readings. You can also contact the Library for general support using Subject Readings.

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