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What are Course Readings?

For each course you study, your Course Coordinator may have selected key readings for you to complete each week. These readings may be book chapters, journal articles, online videos or other types of sources.

Readings may be a:

  • Prescribed Text: mandatory course text
  • Required Reading: additional required readings for that week or module
  • Recommended Reading: optional readings

Where are course readings?

You will find your course readings in the left side menu when you access your Course in Blackboard or Canvas.

Login to Blackboard, select your course, then select the menu item for Course Readings. Most Course Readings are divided in a similar way to the Learning Materials for that course, either by week, module or topic.

Try the self-paced tutorial

The self-paced tutorial can help you learn about Course Readings and how to access the different types of resources.

Search the Reserve Collection

A copy of prescribed texts and some readings are held in the Reserve Collection at each campus library where the course is offered.

  1. Go to the Library Website and select Login to search
  2. Select USC students and staff and enter your USC email and password
  3. Enter your course code in Discover's search box and select Search

There may be a variety of sources:

Note: non-library resources (e.g. YouTube videos, links to websites) will not appear in this list.

Course code search to find course readings

In Discover, search for the course code

Find all course readings in Blackboard

Note: the results will omit non-library resources (e.g. videos, podcasts and other files)

A physical course textbook can be found in the library Reserve Collection at each campus where that course is delivered

Note: some course textbooks are electronic books instead of physical books


I click the link but the article I need isn't there.

Generally this is because we have linked to the Journal rather than the article. If this is the case, either search for the article in that journal, or use the Browse feature to look for the year, volume and issue in which the article was published.

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