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Create course reading lists in Blackboard Courses

FAQs

How do I add textbooks for my course?

When you add the citation for textbooks to your Reading List, the Prescribed Text tag must be added. This will signal the item status to Library staff, it is vital that this information is provided as early as possible to allow for ordering and processing.  

 

Can I add additional sections or individual items after my Reading List is published?

Yes. You can add new sections or single items within the reading list during the semester.

You must remember to 'Send to Library' for the new items when you have added the citation, this is how the information is provided to the library for action. You must also allow for sufficient time for items to be purchased and processed for new items.

 

How long will it take before my list is ready to publish so my students can view it?

Students will be able to view the list and access the resources as soon as the list is set to 'Publish'.  Additional citations can be added and edits made at any time, even after the list is set to 'Publish'. 

When you 'Send (your list) to Library' staff complete the following processes:

  • Review and action book purchases
  • Check copyright and action items tagged 'Digitise'
  • Review and action items to be added to Reserve collection
  • Check all online links for each citation.

 

When should I 'Send (list) to Library'?​

We advise a 4 - 6 week lead time, especially for new courses or when new learning materials are included. This allows time for purchasing and processing titles as well as the other workflows listed  above that go along with making resources available to students.

 

I want my Tutors to be able to contribute to the list? How can I do this?

You add your tutors, and any other stakeholders (e.g. your Liaison Librarian, C-SALT staff) as Collaborators. They will be assigned Instructor status in the system and have access to the list. See the 'Adding Additional List Editors' help guide.

 

Can I provide a link to a chapter in an eBook?

Yes, add the book then select Book Chapter in the Type field.  As recommended with print chapters, add the specific Chapter details. See the 'Course Readings Quick Guide' help guide.

 

I want to add websites to my reading list. How can I do this automatically?

Add the Course Readings 'Cite It' to our browser's Bookmarks / Favourites bar. You can then add website citations directly from the website to your Reading List by clicking the 'Cite It' button and adding the resource to the list or your Collection. More information is included in the "Adding Resources' help guide.

 

I have an Endnote library of my course resources. Can I import this into Course Readings?

You can create a standalone bibliography in Endnote. You can then import the file into the Course Readings. The bibliography will not import as Course Readings' citations. You will still need to search for the items and add accordingly to relevant sections in the Course Readings.

Can I see if my students are using the list?

Yes. You can track student usage by linking to 'Reports' in the left hand menu of your reading list. You can export reports to Excel.

 

Will I be able to see my list in Student view?

Yes. All course coordinators can view list as a student, as part of the reading list options.

 

How can my students participate in the Course Readings?

The interactive functions of Course Readings allow students to post comments discussing the reading list citations. They can also make recommendations for the addition of resources to the list.

 

I have some problems with the Course Readings in Internet Explorer (IE)

This could be a browser issue. We recommend using Chrome or Firefox. If you continue to have problems after changing browsers please use the 'Report an issue with access to online Library resources' form.

 

Students are telling me they cannot access an eBook in the list

Due to licensing restrictions some eBooks are restricted by how many users are able to access the eBook at the same time. A notice will display on the eBook if the maximum number of users has been reached.  

Please advise students to contact the Library Help Desk or use the 'Report an issue with access to online Library resources' form for access issues.

 

My students are unable to open PDFs

There is a problem opening PDFs in Internet Explorer (IE). We recommend using Chrome or Firefox. If the student continues to have problems after changing browsers please advise the library by contacting the Library Help Desk or use the 'Report an issue with access to online Library resources' form.

 

What Copyright responsibilities apply to resources I add to my Course Readings?

You are responsible for ensuring that resources added to your Reading List comply with legal requirements. Compliance will also be monitored by Library staff during the processing stage of the list. General information about copyright and teaching materials is available on MyUSC Copyright (see link below). Additional information can be sought from the Information Officer (Copyright).​

 

Can I add PDF files of journal articles or book chapters to my Course Readings?

No. To remain copyright and licensing compliant the same rules apply when using Course Readings that are required for your BlackBoard site. The 10% or one chapter rule applies.General information about copyright and teaching materials is available on MyUSC Copyright (see link below). Additional information can be sought from the Information Officer (Copyright).​

 

What is the 10% or One Chapter rule?

You may legally copy 10% or one chapter of a book, whichever is the greater. When considering a journal issue, the rule is 1 article per issue, or 2 or more articles per issue if those articles relate to the same subject matter. General information about copyright and teaching materials is available on the MyUSC Copyright (see link below). Additional information can be sought from the Information Officer (Copyright).​

 

I want my Tutors to be able to contribute to the list? How can I do this?

You add your tutors, and any other stakeholders (e.g. your Liaison Librarian, C-SALT staff) as Collaborators. All academic staff have Instructor status and have 'write' access to the list.

 

My course runs each semester. Do I have to recreate the list each time?

No. Library staff will roll over your list for use in subsequent semesters. If there is a change in Course Coordinator please contact CollServ@usc.edu.au 

 

When should I 'Send (list) to Library'?​

We advise a 4 - 6 week lead time, especially for new courses or when new learning materials are included. This allows time for purchasing, processing titles and other workflows that go along with making resources available to students.

 

I have multiple courses that require the same reading list. Do I need to create a new list for each?

Contact collserv@usc.edu.au and Library staff can duplicate the reading list for the required courses.  There is no requirement to create a new list. 

Can I export citations from my reading list to Endnote?

Yes. You can export citations to Endnote both from the List level and individual section level. See the 'Creating a Course Readings List' tutorial for step by step instructions.

 

I have an Endnote library of my course resources. Can I import this into Course Readings?

You can create a standalone bibliography in Endnote. You can then import the file into the Course Readings. The bibliography will not import as Course Readings' citations. You will still need to search for the items and add accordingly to relevant sections in Course Readings.

There is the ability to create a Collection of citations in the Course Readings that can be inserted into lists as required. 

 


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