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Subject readings

Subject readings are resources for your subject including ebooks, journal articles, book chapters, websites and videos. Resources may also be listed in the Subject Outline. Check with your Subject Coordinator, if unsure. To cite sources correctly, use the style specified in your Subject Outline and refer to UOW Referencing Style Guides.

Subject readings and scholarly sources tutorial

Including: How to find your subject readings in Moodle (video 1:45)

Find your subject readings in Moodle

View your reading list and access resources directly from your subject's Moodle site. Look for the Subject Readings icon.

Subject Readings icon

Subject Readings icon is usually located in the Subject Information and Resources section near the Subject Outline.

If you need help, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

In the Subject Readings system you can:

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.

Subject coordinators can see how many students have marked an item as done, but not the names of individual students.

See notes from your lecturer

Your lecturer may add public notes to items to tell students additional instructions or information about the reading.

Example of a public note under the title: Look at figure 2 in particular. How would you describe the main trends in the graph?

Tag items to easily find them later

Click 'Add tag' below the item's title. Type your tag in the field, for example Use for essay or Exam prep. Press 'Enter'.
Tags added by you are blue and can be removed using the 'X'. Tags added by your subject coordinator, such as the Essential and Recommended tags, are green.

Tags are shown below reading list items.

To search for items with a particular tag, use the 'Filter list' icon in the top menu.

The 'Filter list' options are shown. Including the option to filter by different tags.

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'. Private notes are only visible to you.

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. Subject coordinators can see the number of likes, but not the names of students who liked the item.

Like button

Comment beside items (if enabled by your lecturer)

Use the Student Discussion at the list level to comment on the list as a whole. To comment about a specific reading, click its title and use the Student Discussion in the right hand panel to discuss or ask a question about that specific item. Comments are public and 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.

Annotate PDFs such as scanned book chapters

If there is a PDF in your reading list, such as a scanned book chapter, you can highlight sections of text and add comments using the speech bubble icon. If public annotations are enabled by your subject coordinator, you can choose whether your comment is public (visible to other staff and students) or private (only for your reference). If public annotations are not enabled, you will not see the Public or Private radio buttons and your comment will automatically be private. Note: A downloaded copy of the PDF will not show any comments that you or others have made.

Highlighted text with comment icon visible above

Comment field showing Public and Private radio buttons underneath to choose visibility.

You can also draw a shape around a feature in the document, such as an image or table, and add a comment. Use the 'Shape' icon above the PDF.

Shape icon located in the icons menu above the PDF document.

If you want to read the original document without the overlay of annotations and highlighting, use the 'Hide annotations' button at the top right of the PDF.

'Hide annotations' icon

Frequently asked questions