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Subject Readings: guide for staff

Top tips

Use the ellipsis [...] menus

Clicking the ellipsis at the list, section or item level will reveal additional editing and customisation functions at that level. Each ellipsis menu has slightly different options but it's the place to look if you want to perform an action.

Embed sections or items in your Moodle site's homepage

Integrate readings more seamlessly throughout your Moodle site. For example, you can link the Week 1 section of your reading list to the Week 1 section of your Moodle site. If your Moodle site is organised by topic or module, you can add readings for that topic/module to the relevant sections of your Moodle site. This may give a greater sense of flow to your Moodle site as readings are in the context of other relevant activities and information.

You can add the Subject Readings activity anywhere on your Moodle site homepage that you want to link to a reading list, section or item.

Link a reading list section or item to your Moodle site homepage:

  1. Add the Subject Readings activity to the desired section of your Moodle site.
  2. Give the activity a meaningful name, for example: 'Week 1 readings'.
  3. Click the activity to access the reading list.
  4. Go to the section or citation that you want to link to that point in your Moodle site.
  5. Click the ellipsis [...] at that section or citation and select 'Re-link from Moodle to here'.

In the ellipsis menu, 'Relink from Moodle to here' button is selected.

Now, rather than that Subject Readings activity linking to the whole list, it will take students to a specific section (e.g. Week 1 readings) or to an individual resource. Click the link on your Moodle site to check it goes to the desired location.

Here's an example of how it could look:

Screenshot showing the Subject Resources tool icon renamed to 'Week 1 readings'

Week 1 readings is highlighted under the week 1 section of the Moodle site.

Video: Embedding reading list sections and items throughout your Moodle site and Moodle Books

View transcript (with timestamps)

Using permalinks to embed sections or items

You can link directly to a section or citation by using its permalink. This is a useful option in situations where you can't add the Subject Readings activity, such as within Moodle Books or in an email.

To find the permalink of a section or item, click the ellipsis and select 'Create a shareable link'. Then click 'COPY TO CLIPBOARD'.

The ellipsis menu at the list level is open showing 'Create a shareable link' selected.

You can then hyperlink text in an email or Moodle Book so that it links directly to the section or item.

Example of linking to a specific resource within a Moodle Book:

Text in a Moodle book hyperlinked to a scanned book chapter.

Example of linking to an electronic article in a Moodle Book with a related multiple choice quiz beneath.

Article title in a Moodle book is hyperlinked to the article.

Understand the status of your list or citation

Being Prepared: if a citation has the status 'Being Prepared', rather than 'Complete', it means some processing may be necessary such as digitisation or purchase.

Ready for Processing: you have sent the list, or any citation on the list, to the Library for processing (e.g. scanning a chapter from a print book).   

Being Processed: the Library has started working on the citations in the reading list.   

Complete: the Library has finished processing the reading list or citation (e.g. scanned book chapter). Online resources in the Library collection and websites have a status of 'Complete' as soon as you add them, the Library does not generally need to process these.

Published: if a list is published, any 'Completed' citations are visible to students.

Inactive: the reading list is no longer relevant.   

Declined: the Library was unable to fulfill the request. Declined citations aren't visible to students.

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