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Readings Online User Guide

Guide for academic staff using Readings Online.

 Managing your readings

Once you have created your reading list, you can do the following with your readings:

  • view their status;
  • organise them into content folders;
  • edit or remove them from the current reading list;
  • decide which and when they will be made available to students;
  • view reader statistics; and
  • export your readings lists to plain text or RIS.

Understanding the status of readings

Each reading will have one of the statuses below associated with it at any time:

Organising readings into content folders

Readings will appear under ungrouped readings in the order in which they were added to Readings Online. You can organise your readings into folders or groups as required; e.g. by week, topic or format.

How to create subfolders

It is only possible to have one level of content folders. If you wish to have sub-folders, you will need to include it in the top level folder; e.g. Week 1 – Journal Articles, Week 1 – Books and Book Chapters, etc.


Step-by-step guide to organising readings into folders

(1) Create and name the folders

To create a new group, click on New group


Figure 1 - Create a new group of readings

Enter a name for the group and click on the tick box to submit.

Figure 2 - Naming a new Content Folder

The new group will appear under all of the ungrouped readings.  Repeat for each required group.

Figure 3 - A new Content Folder for readings

To edit a group name click on the edit icon. Edit the text as required in the dialogue box and click on the tick box once complete.

To delete a group, if no longer required, click on the red bin icon. 

Figure 4 - Editing the name of a content folder


(2) Move readings

Items that have not been sorted into any folders will sit at the top of the Reading List in the "Ungrouped readings". Please note that individual items can not be replicated within your Reading List to be moved into different weekly folders; i.e. one item per folder. 

Move one reading at a time: Click on a reading, then drag and drop it in the target group.

readings grouped by week

Figure 5 - Readings grouped by week

Move multiple readings at a time: Readings can be selected in bulk using check boxes and either dragged into place or moved using the ‘Move to’ menu at the top.



(3) Review

Check the student view: Use the student view button to preview what students see of your reading list.

Use the collapse all and expand all buttons to quickly review readings in each group.


Options for changing the availability of readings

You can use the ‘hide’ button in the main panel to keep selected readings from the student view. To remove a reading from a current reading list, hide the reading. To re-add a reading, unhide the reading.

Reader Statistics

Reader statistics are automatically collected and displayed next to each reading. These counts are reset each time a reading is rolled over. For a full statistical report, please contact us


Figure 1 - Statistics for each reading