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Finding books & journals: Using Reading lists at Hull

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”

Maya Angelou

This page gives you an overview of the University's reading list management system, Reading lists at Hull. It includes how to access lists, and the options available via the on-screen menus.


Reading lists at Hull

Reading lists at Hull is the University's online reading list system.

Returning students may notice a few differences to how the system looks. We've also changed the written form of the name, removing the symbol for 'at' because it is intrusive for people who use assistive technologies such as screen-readers.

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How to access your reading lists

There are two ways to access your reading list: via Canvas and the Library homepage.

In Canvas

Go to the module site in Canvas and look for the 'Reading list' link in the left-hand menu. This will take you directly to the module reading list in Reading lists at Hull.

From the Library homepage

On the Library homepage, go to the section headed Searching for something else? and select Reading lists. You can search for any module reading list, see Searching for a list.

Searching for a list

You can search for any module list in Reading lists at Hull.

Use the Search box at the top right of the homepage.

You can search by a module code, module name, or the name of a lecturer.

The results appear in the top centre of the screen.

  • Searching by module code will find one result. Click on the link to access the reading list.
  • Using a module name or keywords to search may give several results. Scroll down to find the one you need, and click on the link:

  • reading list search box and results screen

    Note: the list may display below the search results so you may have to scroll down to view it.

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    Viewing a list

    The first section of a list will include the list code and name. There may also be context, and further information:

    How the list is structured will depend on how the module is being taught. Common structures include:

    • week-by-week
    • by theme
    • by workshop or practical session
    • by assessment

    In our example list, the layout is by theme:

      Example of a list structure

    Clicking on the blue arrows to the left of the section headings will expand the view to show the list of resources.

    Some list sections may be divided into subsections:

      List section with subsection

    List actions

    At the top of your list there is a menu bar named List actions. If you are viewing a list, i.e. you are not logged into Reading lists at Hull, the options from left to right are: Export material(s), Filter list, Sort materials, Print this list.

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    Below is a brief summary of each option.

    Export material(s)

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    Use this to export all the items in a list as a .ris file, allowing import into referencing software such as EndNote or RefWorks.

    See our Referencing software SkillsGuide for information about these time-saving tools.

    Filter list

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    The type and number of filter options available depends on the contents of the list. As a minimum you will be able to filter your list by material type, or reading priority tag.

    For information about the University's reading priority tags and how they help you manage your reading, see Reading priority tags.

    Sort material

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    You can sort alphabetically within each section or subsection by clicking on this icon.

    To reverse the sorting to Z-A, click on the button a second time.

    The 'Original Sorting' option returns the list to the order it was structured in by you teaching staff.

    Print this list

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    This option reformats the reading list so that it can be printed. You can also save your list as a PDF instead of sending it to a printer.

    Material actions

    Each item in a reading list will have a list of material actions that display to the right of the title. The number and variety displayed will vary depending on the nature of the resource. Below is a list of the material actions you may see.

    Find item on shelf

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    Items with the 'Find item on shelf' icon have a link to Library Search so you can see real-time information such as how many print copies are available on the Library's shelves. If all copies are on loan, you can reserve a copy.

    View full-text

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    This icon indicates that there is online access to the full-text of the item. It sometimes indicates that both the print and eBook version of a text are available.

    View citation

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    This function allows you to select a citation style from a drop-down menu.

    Link to webpage

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    This symbol indicates that the list item is a webpage. You can access the link either by clicking on the title, or on the 'Link to webpage' icon.

    Link to alternatives

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    This icon indicates that there is an alternative resource available as well as the one list. In our example list, you will see this symbol next to Stella Cottrell's The Study Skills Handbook. There is also a note indicating that another option is available:

    example of an alternative