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Reading Lists (Leganto)

1. Enable Reading Lists in Canvas

Enable Reading Lists in Canvas Courses

To access and use Reading Lists in your Canvas Courses, you'll need to enable Reading Lists in each course in which you want to display a reading list. You have two options for adding reading lists to Canvas:

Add Reading Lists to course navigation

1. Log in to Canvas and navigate the course where you would like to use reading list. 

2. Select Settings at the bottom of the left sidebar.

3. Select Navigation

screenshot of canvas

4. Scroll all the way down to the end of the list of navigation elements. Find Reading Lists and enable. Make sure to click save after you enable. Scroll down if you do not see the Save button.

screenshot of enabling a navigation element in CanvasNow you will see "Reading Lists" show up in the side navigation for your course. ​​​​​​screenshot of a reading list in a canvas course


From here, you can create a new list for this course or associate a list that is already in your reading list account to this course.

2. Create a new list

Create a new list

If you enable reading lists in Canvas and there no reading list associated with your course already you will see a screen like this:

screenshot of new list screen

When you click "Create new list" you will be taken through the steps to create a new list associated with this course. You'll give the list a name and a description if desired. You will be able to select from a list of templates with pre-built sections for organization (which you can change later). And then you will be able to start adding items to your list.

2. Or access an existing list

Work with an existing list

If a reading lists already exists for your course because the library has added course reserves or textbooks owned by the library, the list will appear in Canvas if you enable it. After you add the reading list element to the course navigation and click on it, the list will automatically appear. Make sure the list is published if you want students to be able to see it. You can continue to add items to this list however you would like using the blue "Add" button.

screenshot of a reading list in a canvas course with the Add button circled

3. Add items to your reading list

Add Content to Your Reading List

1. You can search for library materials in Leganto to add to your reading list sections. 

2. Click the blue +Add button and choose "Search the Library."

3. A dialog box will appear where you can select where you want to search, including the "Library Catalog" search for books, ebooks, and videos in the library's collection and the "Articles and More" search which will expand your search to the online databases and collections accessible from the library.

4. Other options for adding items to the list are Add from Favorites, which pulls from the Favorites folder in your reading list account, Upload Files, to add PDFs, images, or other personally owned items, and Manual Entry, to add any other type or material, especially online materials like OER, Youtube videos, or websites.


Organize Reading Lists by Sections

1. Click the +Add  button and choose "New section."

2. Title section, for example, Week 1 Readings 

3. (Optional) Provide a description for section

4. (Optional) Decide when to make readings available by calendar dates.

6. Create your section by clicking the Add button at the top right.


4. Publish your list

Publish your List

When you're ready for students to view the reading list, click My list is ready at the the top of the screen. This will "send" the list to the library to review (if there are incomplete citations on the list that copyright review or physical fulfillment) and will also publisht the list to students if you check the box. If you you want to keep your list private to your class (and require that students access through Canvas) you can publish only to course students. If you publish to all students at the institution, that means the list will be findable in the search and that others can see the online citations you've added, but any files you uploaded will only be accessible to students in your course that access the list through Canvas.