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Reading lists at Hull support: Introduction to Reading Lists at Hull

Support for teachers who need to create and edit module reading lists

Getting started in Reading lists at Hull - a handy checklist

Reading lists at Hull remains the only route for placing orders to support learning and teaching. The Library continues to provide additional support to colleagues. You can ask us to create or revise reading lists, and order new resources including digitisation requests. Refer to the Ask the Library to create your list tab for details of the information to include when you email us.

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Access and logging in

You can also watch our short video Getting started to see how to log in and access your list.

You can access Reading Lists at Hull directly or via Canvas and this section explains how. Please note that if you are editing the list, we recommend that you access the system directly.

November 2023 - recent changes to Google Chrome have affected the bookmarking tool. KeyLinks are working on a solution. In the meantime, use Microsoft Edge when editing lists.

Directly at Reading lists at Hull

In Reading lists at Hull, click on the person icon at the top right of the screen:

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Log-in is via your usual University username and password, and should be automatic.

If you have problems viewing your list(s) directly at Reading lists at Hull, please email

In Canvas

If you have permissions to edit a list, you should automatically be logged into it when you click the Reading list link in the module’s Canvas site.

If you cannot view your list(s) via Canvas, please email

Whichever route you chose, if this log-in screen displays, close it using the cross in the top right-hand corner Do not use it to log into the reading list system:


To browse lists already in the system, use the bullet list icon at the top right of the screen. You can also search for specific lists using the search bar at the top of the screen. Searching is by list name, module code or associated lecturer/tutor name.

You can only edit a list once it has been assigned to you in the system.

The Library is adding list owners to the system rather than relying on the information that was in the previous version of Reading lists at Hull. This is because a significant proportion of lists were not correctly assigned.

Email if you need access to a list.

You should also contact us if:

  • you have been assigned a list for a module you do not teach
  • a list for a module you do teach has been assigned to someone else



Creating a list template - structure

A list may already exist in the system, see the section on a Access and logging in.

If it does not, or if you are writing a new module, you need to ask the Library to create a list template for you to populate with resources. Email giving the information lists on the Ask the Library to create your list page.

Please note, resource links can only be added into list sections, such as Week one, etc.

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Reading priority tags

Reading priority tags help to guide students through the sources by indicating which are the most critical to successfully acquiring and understanding disciplinary knowledge. The tags used to be called 'levels of importance.'

The University uses three tags: Essential, Recommended, and Background. Each priority is defined in line with the Competence Framework, with specific reference to Knowledge Management.

You will find the definitions on the Reading priority tags page of this guide. They are also available on the student guide to using reading lists for transparency.

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Adding resources from Library Search

You can also watch our short video Adding materials from Library Search.

The easiest way to add materials is via the built in search tool which enables you to add materials directly from the Library search.

You need to be in the edit mode so simply select the Edit option at the right of the screen:

Edit button

You should now see a split screen with the reading list items on the left and a search tool on the right (if you can't see the search screen press Control and the minus button (-) on your keyboard to reduce the size).

Now use the search bar to find the material you would like to add to the reading list. You can add keywords from the author, title and year to help narrow the search:

screenshot of search example with keywords

Once the item has been found click on the green add button to the left of the item (this will now turn blue)

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Continue to search all the items you wish to add.

These items will now appear on your list - it should automatically pull through the print and electronic versions on the book.

Remember to select the appropriate priority tag:

screenshot of setting a priority tag

When you have finish editing you can choose the option to save draft and continue to make changes later:

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Alternatively, if you are happy with all your changes you can make the list live to your students by publishing the draft: 

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It is not possible to edit the bookmarks of items added to reading lists from Library search. If you have concerns about the metadata for any such items, please email

Adding resources from other sources

You can also watch our short videos Adding materials not on Library Search, and Book ordering, and digitisation requests.

Not everything you wish to add will be available from the Library search. Therefore you will need to add the Bookmark tool to add these items.

To install this, click on the option when you are searching for materials:

Screenshot of option to add bookmark tool

Drag this icon into your bookmarks bar

Navigate to the material you wish to add and click on the tool. It will ask you to select which list you wish to add to and which section:

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Select the appropriate options then click on Add details from page.

The item should now appear on the list. If the Bookmark tool can't create the item for you, there is an option to manually add the material.

Please note, the bookmarklet tool will not work on webpages that do not contain any bibliographic information.

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Please refer to the Digitisation page for information about creating copyright-cleared, full accessible digital copies of chapters and articles.

You can also watch our short video Book ordering, and Digitisation requests.

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In Canvas

Currently, you can link to a whole reading list in Canvas. In the near future, it will be possible to link to sections, for example the readings for a specific week or theme.

In Talis, it was possible to link a single list to multiple ‘nodes’ to ensure the list appeared in the associated Canvas sites. In KeyLinks, a list can connect to a single ‘node’, and so each module Canvas site requires an individual list.

Where a list supports multiple modules, Library staff are creating the required number of lists to facilitate links in Canvas. We will advise on maintenance at a later date.

An unrelated change is that the Reading List link may now appear further down the course navigation list in Canvas. See the Teaching Excellence Academy video Changing the links in the left hand menu of your course for guidance.

Key differences between the new and old versions of Reading lists at Hull

As you would expect, there are key differences in the ways KeyLinks works compared to Talis. These include:

  • A list must have sections which form the basis of the list's structure. Resource links can only be added into sections.
  • A section that does not contain resource links will not display on the published list. The section will be saved in the draft version.
    • In Talis, resources could be added to any part of a list including outside of sections. To transfer section-less resources into KeyLinks, we had to create temporary sections named 'Talis import'. If your list includes a 'Talis import' section, either reallocate the resources across other sections, or change the section name to something appropriate.
  • Reading priority tags must be added to some resource types before the list can be published.
  • Each module must have an individual reading list in Reading lists at Hull so that it can be linked to the appropriate Canvas module site.
    • The Library is creating copies of lists that previously supported more than one module. We will share information about maintenance in due course.