This post describes how you can add details of your reading list to the Recommended Readings page on Canvas, how to transfer the links to scanned extracts, the ‘Readings Online’ section of Queen’s Online to the new platform, and how to use the Canvas link checker.

The Library’s Reading List checking Service

The Library subject teams provide a reading list checking service. This service ensures that books, journal articles and scanned extracts needed for a module are accessible at the beginning of each semester.

To avail of this service, create your reading list on the Recommended Readings page in your Canvas module and let your subject librarian know it is ready for checking. They will have read only access to this section of your module. Alternatively you may email your subject librarian a Word/PDF file of your reading list.

screenshot of recommended readings

To ensure that your readings are available for the start of semester one (2019/20), you must request your reading list by 26th August. Lists received after this date will still be checked but we cannot guarantee that any new books or scanned extracts requested will be available for the beginning of the semester.

You will then receive a spreadsheet with the details of the books/articles on your reading list and links to any scans or e-books that are available. To add these details to Canvas, read the section below.

Moving your ‘Readings Online’ list from Queen’s Online to Canvas

Links to scanned extracts which were in place in QOL from previous years (in the ‘Readings Online’ page), won’t transfer automatically to Canvas.

To manage this the Library has introduced a new system to replace Readings Online. The system called Recommended Readings – Scanned Articles and Book Chapters, allows you to you can retrieve your readings by:

  • logging into
  • entering your module code and clicking search to see the list of module readings scanned by the library
  • copying and pasting the rows into Canvas where you may wish to add the readings to the Recommended Readings section.

During the year, you’ll be able to pick it up any additional scanning requests through the above link. Access is restricted to Queen’s staff only.

Using the Rich Content Editor in the Recommended Readings page in the Modules area in Canvas, it is possible to embed links to the Library Catalogue for books and journals, deep links to journal articles and book extracts scanned by the Library under the CLA copying licence.

screenshot of url link in Recommended Readings page

Once you have added the links, you can use the Canvas link checker to ensure that all the links are working.

screenshot of 'Validate Links in Content' button
The Canvas link checker can be accessed in the ‘Settings’ section of your Canvas course by clicking the ‘Validate Links in Content’ button.

Copyright Licensing Agency

Just by way of a reminder, the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) copying licence held by the University covers all copying (scanning and photocopying) made for students registered for a particular module. The guide on Copyright for Teaching Purposes provides more information but to summarise, the Library scanning service can copy either 10% or one complete chapter of a book or a single article of a print journal issue.

In all cases, the CLA has responsibility of ensuring the rights payments are made to authors / copyright holders for any copying made under the CLA license. The use of the licensed copies is recorded by the CLA and used as the basis for the rights payments made.

Library Induction & Training

While embedding links in Canvas can assist students to get to readings quickly, the Library also recognises that students still need to understand how to search for books and journal articles in catalogues and databases. Please be assured that the catalogue and database searching continues to be explained during library induction and other training sessions.

Please feel free to contact your Subject Librarian if you have any queries about your module reading list, the Library and Canvas.