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Teaching Support

The Reading List service

Reading Lists allows teaching staff to make available educational resources to students, including book chapters, journal articles, video, and web content. The benefits of Reading Lists include:

  • Allows you to curate your learning resources, manage your copyright obligations, and interact with students
  • Enables students to access curated electronic resources, anywhere, anytime
  • Makes relevant library resources more discoverable
  • Has a dynamic interface with functionality that includes social communication tools

The Library can help with:

  • Purchasing and digitising your required resources
  • Managing your copyright requirements for you

Readings lists, High Demand, and recommending items for learning and teaching

Reading Lists

Reading Lists provides a way for you to make available electronic resources required for your unit such as book chapters, journal articles, video and web content. 

High Demand Collection

As a lecturer you can select books and other hard copy resources which are required reading for your unit or course and place them in the High Demand collection via your Reading List. As these items are in high demand they can only be borrowed on a short-term basis.

Three thick encyclopedias by Horia Varlan 

Curtin University Library textbook guidelines - Recommending textbooks to the Library

For guidelines on using Reading Lists in order to make your essential and recommended textbooks available to students, please see our instructions:

Learn more about setting up your Reading List via our interactive Reading List tutorial: 

eBooks and licensing (and the impact for textbooks)

Curtin Library has an e-preferred collection principle, so whenever a recommendation is made (whether through Reading Lists or the library website) we will endeavour to purchase an online copy, acquiring the most flexible license available. 

However, providing an online version of a book doesn't mean that it will be available for everyone all the time. Licensing for eBooks can vary depending on the publisher and sometimes the Library will only be able to provide single user or limited access. This restricts the number of users who can view the eBook at the same time, making the book unavailable if all the licenses are in use. In this way, eBooks can be similar to print books - when the book is checked out of the library, you will need to wait for it to be returned.