On the 4th Day of Copyright Christmas…

On the fourth day of Copyright Christmas, my true love gave to me: four steps for using Readings Online self service, three copyright news articles,  two quick and easy ways to get my subject readings ready for 2017 and 1 copyright compliant video on Youtube.

As we told you on 2nd day of Copyright Christmas there are two ways to use Readings Online.  You can either give us your reading list and we’ll upload your reading list or you can upload it yourself by following these 4 ‘easy to follow steps’ .

  1. Add Readings Online to an LMS content page
  2. Add your PDF and website readings
  3. Import your journal readings using a RIS file
  4. Get ready to teach

Step 1. Add Readings Online to an LMS content page

  • Log in to the LMS and open your subject. Ensure Edit Mode is ON
  • Open the content page where you want to add the link. From the Tools menu, select Readings Online
  • The Create Link template will open. Complete as follows:
    • Name – Modify the link name, e.g. Readings Online
    • Description – Type a description in plain text if desired.
    • Do NOT ‘copy & paste’ or use text formatting, such as hard returns, formatting or special characters
    • Available to users – Tick ‘yes’ to make link available for students to view
    • Submit – Save changes and create link
  • The Readings Online link will appear at the bottom of the page and can be ‘dragged and dropped’ to another position on the page, as desired.

Step 2. Add your PDF and website readings

  • From the readings page menu, click Add and select either New Book Reading or New Website Reading
  • Fill in the new reading form with the details of your reading.
    • Required details must be completed, Optional fields can be inputted if you would like to
    • Duration you must enter the dates the reading is required. The duration of a reading should cover the teaching semester and must not exceed the end of the calendar year
    • Required reading, indicated by selecting yes or no
    • Select File to upload a PDF document or Link to add a URL to an online document.
  • The reading you have created will appear in your Ungrouped readings folder

Step 3. Import your journal readings using a RIS file

Most reference software has the ability to export a reference list to RIS file, such as EndNote and Zotero. The Library’s Discovery Search (http://library.unimelb.edu.au/) also exports results in RIS format. Contact Readings Online for specific help with these tools if required.

  • From the eReserve readings page click Add and select Readings from file.
  • From the ‘Add readings from file’ template click Select a file.
  • Locate your RIS file, select the required file and click Your file name will appear in the box.
  • Fill in the Availability information for your reading
  • Click on Submit to The message ‘Your request has been received. Expect an email shortly.” will appear in green at the top of your screen and in a short while an email confirmation will be sent to you.
  • Click on Refresh at the top of your screen and your new readings will appear in your Ungrouped readings folder
  • Readings with links to online content will automatically display an active status if all the information is available.

Step 4. Get ready to teach

Create a folder to group readings, or reorder you readings:

  • Select New Group.
  • Give your group a name (e.g. Week 1).
  • Drag and drop your readings into the group.

Review your readings for Required/Optional, add a note to students or update the link location:

  • Select Edit Your Reading.
  • To change Required/Optional, toggle the required reading: yes/no button.
  • Enter any instructions to students in the ‘notes to students:’ field.
  • Review and update the link location using the Choose a New Reading/ View this reading buttons.

Additional help and instructions are available via the our guides on the Readings Online website.


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