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Subject Readings: guide for staff

Frequently asked questions

Getting started

How do I create a shareable link to my reading list?
Click the ellipsis to the right of the reading list title. Select 'Create a shareable link' > 'To this list'. A pop-up window will open, click 'COPY TO CLIPBOARD'.

Which browser should I use?
Subject Readings works best in Firefox and Chrome (not Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge or Safari).

Can I change the name of my reading list?
Please do not change the name of your reading list. It's important that the names follow a standard formula so it's easier for teaching staff, Library staff and students to search for and identify lists.
The standard formula is: SUBJECT CODE, session and year e.g. (S122), subject name.
For example: COMM101 (S122) Principles of Responsible Business

What if I created a new list, but then decide I prefer to request a migration of previous resources?
You can delete the new list you have created by clicking the ellipsis to the right of the list title and select 'Delete'. Then go back to your Moodle site and click the Subject Readings activity. You will see the welcome screen again, from there you can request a migration of previous resources by submitting the request form. Then close the window. The Library will email you within 3 business days to tell you when you can access your migrated list from the Subject Readings activity on your Moodle site.

What if I have a migrated list, but then decide I want to start a fresh list?
If you are sure you want to start with a new, empty list, you can delete your migrated list by clicking the ellipsis to the right of the list title and choosing 'Delete'. Then go back to your Moodle site and click on the Subject Readings activity. You will see the welcome screen again. Choose 'Create a new reading list'.

Who are list Collaborators?
If you add staff to your Moodle site via LPMS, they will automatically be able to access the reading list and become 'Collaborators'. Collaborators can manage resources.

Editing and adding to your list

What types of resources can I add to Subject Readings?
Subject Readings can consist of more than reading material, you can also add online videos (e.g. YouTube) and websites.

Will deleting a section remove the items in that section from my list?
Yes. If you want to delete a section but keep the citations in it, you should move or copy the citations first (e.g. copy to My Collection or copy to Clipboard and re-add them). You can also change the name of a section rather than deleting it.

Can I change my reading list template?
If you created a list from scratch, you would have chosen a template at the beginning. You can't apply a different template but there is the flexibility to add, delete and reorder sections to customise the layout.

Why can't I click the 'ADD ITEMS +' button?
You need to create at least one section to begin adding items. To create a section click 'NEW SECTION'.

How do I request an item to be purchased?
If the Library doesn't hold an item, you can still add the citation details to your list and the Library will use them to look for the item via our suppliers. Use Cite It! to quickly import citation details from websites such as 'Amazon Books'.

I only want my students to read a particular chapter from an ebook. How do I communicate this to them?
Edit the resource 'Type' from book to book chapter. NOTE: The electronic link will still take students to the whole ebook and they will need to navigate to the chapter you specify. You may like to add a public note informing students to only read that specific chapter.

Why do some citation references have capitalised words or other inconsistencies?
How the reference displays can depend on the metadata from the database. If you wish, you can edit the citation details so the reference displays as desired. Students should refer to UOW Style Guides to cite sources correctly, using the style specified in their Subject Outline.

I added an electronic citation and it's showing both the physical and electronic version. Can I hide the physical one as it's not relevant for my location?
Yes. Click the title of the item to open the detailed record. Under 'Links & Availability', click 'Hide details' to hide information about physical resources. You'll still be able to see the details, but students won't.


How do I view my notifications?
You may receive emails telling you that you have notifications for a particular reading list. Go to your Moodle site and click on Subject Readings. Click 'Library Discussion' in the right hand panel to check if Library staff have left any comments about the list as a whole.
To see notifications about a particular citation, click the bell icon in the top right of the screen.

Click the title of an item to go to that item. Click 'Library Discussion' in the right hand panel to view any comments about that particular citation. You can reply to Library staff using the comment function.
The number in brackets next to 'Library Discussion' indicates how many comments are there.

Library Discussion (1)

List visibility

Can I have multiple lists associated with a Moodle site, or multiple Moodle sites associated to the same list?
While both these scenarios are possible, generally we recommend one list for one Moodle site.

Can staff and students view readings lists for subjects that they don't teach or aren't enrolled in?
Yes, similar to the previous system, all published reading lists are open to browse and access via the top left menu > FIND LISTS. This is useful for students if they want to revisit resources in a previous list.

Can I create a reading list for myself or to share that isn't for a teaching site?
Yes. You can create a reading list for yourself that isn't associated to any Moodle site. Keep in mind that others can still view it via FIND LISTS if it is published. You can also create a list that's associated to a project (PROJ) or training (TRNG) Moodle site, it doesn't have to be a subject Moodle site.



Library Liaison Team

Contact our Liaison Team ( who can help you:

  • identify online materials to support student learning
  • navigate and use the features of the new tool.

If you have questions about the processing of specific citations, please use the Library Discussion, or email our Resource Sharing team:

In-system support

In Subject Readings, click the question mark at the top right to find instructional videos and guided tours to step you through most actions.

Help guides

Add and edit items

This video demonstrates how to add items from Library SEARCH and edit them (e.g. changing a book to a book chapter and adding public notes for students).

View transcript (with timestamps)

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