Ten tips and tricks for making the most of your reading lists

22 September 2020

Here's some guidance to help you get the most of and understand reading lists at UCL better.

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ReadingLists@UCL make it easy for you to access the readings your need for your academic modules. 

  1. Link to your reading list from the ‘Library Resources’ block in your nodule Moodle course or at the relevant place in the main body of the Moodle course. Alternatively find your list on the ReadingLists@UCL webpage.
  2. Your reading list might be arranged by week or topic. Start with looking at essential readings, then move on to further readings. 
  3. Click on ‘View online’ where available to link to full text readings. You may need your UCL userid and password to access your readings away from campus. 
  4. Add a ‘personal note’ to an item to remind you what it was about, or what you thought of it.
  5. Got a lot of readings and need to prioritise? You can mark each reading with an indication as to whether you plan to read it or not.
  6. Struggling to find your way around a long reading list? Click on ‘Table of contents’ at the top of the page to jump to a particular section.
  7. Your reading list will contain more than just books. You might find references and links to book chapters, articles and other reading materials as well as films, podcasts, websites and anything else that will be helpful for your module. Click on the ‘Type’ button at the top of the screen to group items together by the type of reference.
  8. Want to quickly see your essential readings, or ones you have marked as planning to read? Use the ‘Filter’ button at the top of the screen.
  9. Need to cite a reference from your reading list in an assignment? Use the ‘citation style’ button at the top of the screen to view references in the citation style of your choice.
  10. Take a look at our ‘Introducing ReadingLists@UCL’ video to find out more and for demonstrations of the above.