Leganto - Create Lists for Course Readings & Resources

A guide for instructors.

Can I only add items I find through the search?

Searching is the quickest and easiest way to add items to your list. If Omni finds them, they come over already available and with working links attached.

However, if you don't find what you want in your search, there are other options. See the "Add Citations to Your List" page for details on each of these options.

Expand Your Search

If you only searched the Trent Library and we don't own the item you're looking for, try expanding your search beyond Trent.

  • Selecting "Trent + Omni Libraries" will expand the search to cover physical items at other Ontario university libraries.
  • Clicking "Include items without full-text access" will include online material we don't own. (This is on by default.)

When you add items to your list that the library doesn't own, it triggers an automatic purchase request for the library to consider.

Use the "Create" Option

Click the tab for "Create" for the ability to:

Enter your own citation information.

When you enter your own citation, it triggers library staff to locate the item for you. Enter any information you want us know in the "Library Discussion" and we'll contact you through this manner, too.

Upload your own document.

When you do this, the library automatically checks to ensure we don't already have the document online, and forwards it to the Copyright Office for clearance. We'll communicate with you through "Library Discussion".

See details in the "Add Citations to Your List" section.

Use "Cite It!"

The "Cite It!" tool can grab information from a website that will link your students back to that webpage.

See details under "Add Citations to Your List".

How do I add a YouTube video?

Use the Cite It! tool to add your YouTube video. See details in "Add Citations to Your List".

First, be sure you've added the Cite It! tool to your browser bookmark toolbar.

Then navigate to the YouTube video you want. Once you have it in your browser window:

  1. Click Cite It! from your bookmark toolbar. This opens Leganto in a small overlay on your screen.
  2. Select where you want to put it: Collection, or in a specific list.
  3. Click "add and close".
  4. Go back to Leganto list and you'll see that it's been added to the spot you selected.

View the 1-minute video demonstration:

Can I auto-load items from an existing reading list?

The short answer is "no". It's best to start with creating a Leganto list for readings, and exporting it into other formats, such as Word (in your choice of citations styles) and PDF, if you need them for other purposes.

If this is important to you, contact the library to ask if we can help. Sometimes there are methods the library can use, but often it takes longer than it would to add the readings individually because a lot of clean-up is required.

How do I link the readings to my syllabus?

The best way to link readings and your syllabus is to start your list in Leganto. Once it's created, you can export the entire list into Word (or other formats). Then you can paste the formatted citations from your list into your syllabus.

See the section for Downloading.

How long does it take for the library to process the list?

It depends on a lot of factors, including what's on your list and how many lists we're currently processing. We recommend you try to get your list to the library around the same time as you submit your syllabus.

It's useful to know that your entire list will probably not be processed at once. When it comes to the library, our system breaks it down into citations, which we can group for quick processing. That means items on your list will be cleared at different times.

  • For instance, all the articles that have working links can be cleared in under an hour. Books take a little more work.
  • If we need to purchase something, that might take a few weeks.
  • If it needs copyright approval, that could take a few weeks.
  • If we don't clearly understand what the item is, it takes time to communicate with you and sort it out.

You don't actually need to wait for the entire list to be cleared before publishing it. If you're satisfied with the items for the upcoming week or two, you can publish it. Other items will be available as we work through the list.

When should I "send" to the library?

You can send it to the library at any time - just click the "Library Review" button. We're all working with live lists, so anything you add or change after you've sent it will be processed as we received it.

Please don't "send" the list multiple times. Sending it once adds it to our active list and updates it as you (and we) work on it. Sending it again just slows us down because it sends us conflicting information.

When should I "publish" the list so students can see it?

Publish the list when you feel the readings for the upcoming weeks are stable. Even if the library hasn't totally completed the list, it will be updated for students as we proceed.

Who can see my list?

Until you "Publish" the list only you, your collaborators (if  you added any), and the library can see it.

When you publish it, you're given a choice of who you want to allow to see it:

  • only students in the association Blackboard course
  • only Trent University people
  • anyone

If you choose "anyone", only people who have a link to it will be able to access it, because regular access is through Blackboard.

This is covered above, under "Publish Your List to Students".

Can I disable the "Like" button?

Nope. This is just a small feature that enables students to give anonymous feedback. Embrace it. Maybe you'll learn from it.

But don't take it too personally; if no one is "Liking" your readings, that could just mean they couldn't be bothered to click the button.

So far, there's no "Dislike" button.

Why do I get an error when I try to connect to Leganto?

Make sure you're not in "Student View" in Blackboard when you click "Readings & Resources". You must be using Blackboard in instructor view for the link to work.