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Reading Lists: Guide for Academic Staff

Last updated: 25/10/22

Maintaining lists

Once the Reading List has been created, there may be further edits, additions, or maintenance for you to conduct. 

See the tabs below for some helpful information to guide you through ongoing use of your list. 

For assistance with the following, refer to the tabs on the left. 

I have published my list, but I would like to add additional resources.

  1. Add a resource to the Reading List using the instructions previously outlined in this guide (see tabs on the left for various resources). 
NOTE: If the item is already electronically available in the Library's collection, it will automatically complete and appear on your list and no further action is required.


  1. If the item will require library mediation, the citation status will be Being Prepared.

  1. Click on the ellipsis button […] on the citation you just added. 
  2. Select Send to Library. 


  1. This will change the citation status to Sent.

  1. The Library will receive a notification of a new citation to action. 
  2. If the citation does not need further action from the Library, the Library will mark it as Complete
  1. If it needs further processing by the Library, the status will change to In Process, and you will be notified once it has been completed, in both your Leganto Notifications and using the Notes to/From Library.


Even though your list is now Published and accessible to students, you may find you need to amend your existing resources. The Library will automatically  be notified of any changes that require processing. 

Edit a Citation

  1. Navigate to the resource in your Reading List.
  2. Click on the ellipsis button […] on the citation you wish to edit. 
  3. Select Edit Item from the dropdown list.
  1. The Edit Item panel will open. 
  2. Add or Edit the item details as required. 
NOTE: Selecting the correct Type for your resources brings up the fields associated with that type, so be sure to check that it is correct. 

Move a Citation

You can move citations within the section, or from one section to another. 

  1. Hover your mouse over the citation you would like to move.
  2. Move your mouse to the blue bar that appears on the right side of the citation.
  3. Click and drag to the desired destination.
NOTE: If you are moving a citation from one section to another, make sure the new section is expanded first. 


Source Field 

If a link changes and needs to be replaced, you can update it by using the Source field and replacing the current link with a new one. 

Should you need to attach more than one link to the citation, you can do this by clicking +Add Source to add additional ones. 

Public Notes 

You can add notes about your resources by using the Public Notes fields.  

This field is an easy way to communicate with your students about a specific citation. 

  1. Open the Edit Panel, then enter your note into the Public Notes field.
    1. Once you have finished editing the citation, don’t forget to click Save.


All University staff who are associated with your Course in Blackboard should automatically appear as a collaborator in your Reading List.

  1. To check who is a collaborator, within your list navigate to the List Advisor panel on the right side of your screen and click the Collaborators drop down menu. 
Here you will see a list of staff names. Students should not appear as collaborators. 
  1. To add new collaborators, click on the same menu, and look for the Manage collaborators button at the bottom of the list of names. 

  1. Click the link and a pop up box will appear. At the bottom of the box, start typing the name or email address of the staff member you would like to add. 
  2. Click Send Invitation.
  1. The staff member will receive a notification in their Notifications tab and will now be able to access and edit the list in their own Blackboard. 
  1. Once a staff member has been added to a list, they will also be able to see the list's notification history. 


  1. Click the ellipses menu at the top of your page and select Export.
  1. From the dropdown menu, select your required format
If exporting to EndNote, Leganto will download a file. Click the file and your readings will be transferred directly into EndNote. 


If exporting to RefWorks, you will first need to connect your RefWorks account using the instructions in this FAQ - Can I connect my Leganto Reading List to Refworks?

If exporting to Word:

  1. Click on the Bibliography style dropdown menu and select the appropriate style.
  2. Choose your permalink options (short or full url) and click Export.

Sections in your Reading List can be indented to give the impression of a hierarchy. 

  1. From your Reading List home screen, navigate to the section that you would like to indent, and hover your mouse over the section until the indent and outdent arrows appear.

  1. Click the indent arrow to move the section to the right. You can do this multiple times to continue indenting the section.
  2. To move the section left, click the outdent arrow
Resources in Leganto are not customisable to display in a referencing style.

However, Reading Lists can be exported as a specific format (see the Exporting Reading Lists tab). You can also copy individual citations in a chosen referencing style:

  1. From the list of citations, select Quick Cite from the ellipses [...] menu
  2. Copy citation to clipboard

It is important to ensure that each resource has as much detail included as possible, to assist your students in their referencing.

The Library can also assist students and staff with their referencing queries. Please see our Referencing Guides for more information.