An e-reading list is a list of links to online documents required in a course. It's an effective alternative to creating a course reprotext, uploading files to Blackboard, or placing items on Reserve in the Library.
E-reading lists are convenient for students, as long as the links are stable and accessible from off-campus. There are two important parts to remember when creating e-reading lists:
This page provides options for finding and providing links to the Library's licensed resources. Choose the one that works best for you and your situation.
There are many ways to provide e-reading lists. Click on the tabs (above) for information on each type.
The url in your address bar isn't always a lasting one, especially if you found the document by searching a database. It might expire after a few hours. Use a link that offers permanent access to the document.
Look for text indicating a link which will last after you close your browser: Persistent Link, Permalink, Durable URL, Permanent URL, Stable URL, etc. Sometimes you'll find it under a "Share" button.
It can be tricky to find persistent links, because different publishers have different methods of providing them.
Some examples are listed on this page:
A DOI is designed to ensure access to online documents over time. Look for a DOI for the item you wish to use.
You need 3 parts for an effective link to a DOI:
Article DOI is: 10.1146/annurev.an.23.100194.001145
Link is: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.an.23.100194.001145
A DOI links to a specific location for a document, but sometimes the document is available in more than one place. Your reader could have access to the same document at a different site.
For Trent Users:
See our webpage on Using a DOI or ask email@example.com for assistance.
Get It! Trent provides a list of options for obtaining an article. This is especially helpful if we have access from more than one site - it offers students a choice, and allows them to export citations to their RefWorks account.
When students use this link, they'll get the same Get It! screen that you have.
See details on our webpage: Embedding Links to Journals into your Webpages Using Get It! or ask firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
You can generally post a link to a resource on your LearningSystem/Blackboard course without obtaining copyright clearance, so long as it doesn't violate any license. It's already available - you're only guiding your students to it. This is not copying, and it helps the Library know which resources are being used.
You can post a digital copy of a reading on your LearningSystem/Blackboard course, providing it is cleared for copyright approval. Downloading/saving a copy of any file is considered "copying" and copyright law must be observed in order to share it. Every item posted must be cleared for copyright, each time the course is offered.
Provide a full citation to the document and show students how to navigate from a citation to the item through the Library. Your Learning & Liaison Librarian can help teach this skill.
The Library maintains web tutorials on how to do this. It's a good skill to promote. We find that many students have trouble distinguishing between a citation for a book, an edited book, and an article. The more practice they get with this, the easier it will become.
Be cautious about saving a file and making that file available to students. This is copying and distributing, and subject to copyright restrictions. It's different than providing a link.
You may only post these files on a site restricting access to current students, and they must conform to copyright regulations. In order to ensure copyright compliance, you must request permission to post these documents through Trent's Copyright Office. This permission must be obtained each time the course is offered.