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ASU Library Reading Lists

This Library Guide has been designed for instructors and instructional designers to learn how to create and use the ASU Library Reading Lists tool in Canvas and Blackboard.

About Reading Lists

Reading Lists is a service integrated with Canvas that enables you to successfully link and manage course materials. If you want your students to read, see or hear Library, Internet or desktop content, use Reading Lists to make course materials readily available.  

  • Easily add, edit and delete content
  • Reuse lists, term to term.
  • Capture Internet content with CITE IT!
  • Promote Zero Textbook Costs for students
  • Provide stable access to content through library licensed renewals/purchases. 
  • Reserve Staff available to support access
  • Track student engagement with materials through analytics
  • Add [CITE IT] to Bookmarks Panel 
  • Create lists with materials from ASU Library, the Internet or personal files
  • Tag individual items to let the library know check-out periods, a print resource needs to electronically available or streamed, etc.
  • Use the Library Review button to verify and request materials from the library. Get your list in early... especially videos
  • Communicate with the Library Course Reserves from inside Reading Lists as needed
  • Publish  list when ASU Library confirms Reading List 


Contacts: Course Reserves (Technical Questions)  Lisa Kammerlocher (Training)


Attribution: This library guide was adapted from the University of Sunshine Coast, Leganto: Creating Reading Lists.

Watch Dr. Leigh Wolf describe how she uses reading lists in courses in the Ed.D program at Mary Lou Fulton Teacher's College

Launch Reading Lists Tool in Canvas

Click on COURSES in Canvas, follow these instructions to enable ASU Library Reading Lists

1. Click on Settings

2. Choose the Navigation Menu

3. Find ASU Library Reading Lists on the bottom box

4. Move ASU Library Reading Lists to the top box

5. Click SAVE

enabling reading lists tool

6. ASU Library Reading List should be visible in the menu

reading lists visible in menu

Create a Reading List

1. Click on the "LISTS" tab on the left hand side of the page. From here, instructors can select the "New List" button to create a list from scratch.



2. A window will pop up at the top of the screen with options to fill out the Title and a Description of the course. Once completed hit the "Create" button.

3. From this screen, select the template that best fits your needs or the "Blank" template option to create your blank reading list.




4. The course draft will appear with an option asking the Instructor to associate with a course, that option will allow Instructors to enter the course title or code. Instructors can skip this step by selecting the "Not Now" option.

5. Now that the Reading List has been set up, ASU Library Reading Lists will prompt the Instructor to start adding sections.



Create and Edit Sections

1. On the user's main ASU Library Reading List course page there is a button near the top right side, underneath the course information labeled “New Section.”


2. Once selected, a new field will pop up with a couple editing options:

  1. Instructors can give their sections specific titles.
  2.  Instructors can add descriptions describing the material in the section.
  3. Instructors can assign start and end dates to organize their sections and can also make these sections disappear to their students when the dates have passed.
  4. Once the instructor is finished with editing the section, they can click the “CREATE” button to publish the section or “CANCEL” to remove the section.

3. Once the section is created, professors can now designate requested materials to them and better organize their course. 

4. Resources ("Items") can be added via 2 ways: (1) Add Items button and (2) the ellipses/ menu button and click "add items". Both ways will open up the tool to the left hand side: 

5. There are three options to add items from inside the reading list (all depicted in the image below):

a. Using the Search option
b. Using the Create option
c. Using the Collection option

6. The Search option searches the ASU Library catalog and also has the option to 'Include items outside the ASU Library Collection' in the search results. Once the desired item is founded through any of the options and the Add button is clicked, the item will be added to the list:

7. Once the list is ready for the Course Reserves team to look at, the Library Review button needs to be clicked. This will send the reading list into the "Ready for Processing" status and let Course Reserves know that the list needs to be processed:




Training and Webinar

Trainings and webinars (as available) for the Leganto Reading List tool are listed below. You will discover the core functions of the product and see some specific examples of how to add resources from ASU Library and other sites.

Get Help

For technical questions, please contact Course Reserves:

For training, please contact Lisa Kammerlocher:


Hours and Locations