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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.

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

Add Reading Lists Tool to Canvas Course

The first step is to add the ASU Library Reading list tool to your Canvas course. From your course shell in Canvas, follow these instructions to enable ASU Library Reading Lists.

1. Click on Settings.


2. Choose the Navigation Menu tab.


3. Find the ASU Library Reading Lists item from the menu of disabled items.


4. Move ASU Library Reading Lists item to the menu of visible menu items.


5. Click the Save button.


6. Check to ensure ASU Library Reading Lists is visible in the course navigation menu.


The following video shows these steps in real time.

Create a Reading List

After you have added the Reading Lists tool to your Canvas course, the next step is to create a reading list (or lists) for your course.

1. Click the ASU Library Reading Lists link in the course navigation menu.


2. Click the Create It button under the create a new reading list from scratch header


3. Give your reading list a descriptive title in the Title field and click Create.

You can also add a description in the Description field. (Adding a description can help you keep your lists organized if you have multiple lists for multiple courses.)


4. Select a template.

You can click the blank template to create a custom list. Or you can choose one of the other templates that are formatted to fit specific semester formats


5. If you chose the Blank template, click the New Section button and add a title for your section.

You can also add beginning and ending dates for your course in the from and to fields. If you choose to add dates to your list, you can also click the section visible only during these dates button. This will restrict the visibility of your list to the dates entered into the fields. 

7. Click the Create button. 


Now you’re ready to add content, which is covered in the next section of this library guide. 

Add Content

1. Click on the [+] button to open options for adding content. Click on Library Search.

plus sign or add button


2. Enter the title (article, book chapter, video, etc.) of the item you want to find using quotations, " "


3. Click on the item you want to open the options to placing it in the list. 


4. Add tags as needed. 

  • the time an item will be available for check out
  • if an item such as a book chapter or article needs to be digitized
  • if clips need to be selected for media being used in your class

using tags


Add files from your desktop using the following instructions:

  1. Click the Add Items button.
  2. Click the Create tab.
  3. Add the title and author.
  4. Select the material type from the Type drop-down menu.
  5. Add the requested information in the form field.
  6. Drag and drop your file to the upload area, or click the link to browse for a file. 
  7. Select the section you want to add your file to and click the Add button.
    1. Note. For certain material types (such as book or book chapter), you will be asked the following question: "Will you be providing this as a personal copy or would you like the Library to consider purchasing this item?" For copyrighted materials, we strongly recommend clicking the "Consider for purchase" option. For files you have created (or open education resources), select "Will provide a copy."

Watch the following video to see the steps in real time.

Organize List

1. Create additional sections for your course as needed (example: Weeks, Units, Modules, etc.).

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.”


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

  • Give their sections specific titles
  • Add descriptions describing the material in the section.
  • Assign start and end dates to organize their sections and can also make these sections disappear to their students when the dates have passed.

2. Click the “CREATE” button to publish the section.


3. Move requested materials to the appropriate section to better organize your course by:

  • Clicking the ellipses icon on the item
  • Clicking the Move citation item.
  • Selecting the section you would like to move the item to. 




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:


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