Reading Lists @ Glasgow Student Guide

Reading Lists @ Glasgow is the University’s online reading list system.  This is where you can find the details of the books, book chapters, journal articles, etc. your lecturer expects you to review in preparation for seminars, tutorials and assignments. 

Reading Lists @ Glasgow presents your reading lists in an interactive and dynamic format by providing:

  • live availability and location of physical stock in the Library
  • easy access to online resources including e-books, articles and databases
  • links to external web pages and embedded multimedia
  • access to scanned extracts of key readings requested by your lecturer

Finding your reading lists

  • Your course Moodle should have a link to the course reading list
  • You can also access reading lists directly from Reading Lists @ Glasgow:
    • Use the search box to search for reading lists by entering either the course title, course code or lecturer name
    • As you start typing, the system will start suggesting lists and narrow the results
    • Select the list you require


Table of contents

The Table of Contents menu makes it easier to navigate a list. Simply open the drop-down menu and select a title to jump to a section of the list.


Resources in your list

Your reading list can include material such as books, journal articles, webpages, multimedia and more.

Print resources

When you select a title of a print book, the display expands to show the title details and the location and live availability in the Library. Select Availability to see the title on the Library webpages.

Online resources

Whenever you see View Online, this indicates a direct link to an electronic version. This includes e-books, journal articles, websites, multimedia and digitised extracts of key readings requested by your lecturer. Select View Online or Available Online to access the resource.

For subscribed resources and digitised extracts, you may be asked to login with your email and password before viewing. 

Filtering your list

The Filter drop-down menu allows you to filter a reading list using several different options. 


Allows filtering by resource type.

Physical Resource/Online resource

Allows you to select just physical items on the list, or just items available online.

Reading intentions

You can assign a reading intention or status to each item on a reading list. The statuses are as follows:

  • Undecided
  • Will read
  • Reading now
  • Have read
  • Won’t read

Once assigned, this is shown by a coloured icon next to each item. You can then filter the list and show just items from a particular category.

For information on how you can set importances, see Assigning reading intentions.


Your lecturer may have set an importance for items on the list, such as Essential, Recommended or Further. You can filter to see only those items matching the selected importance.

Personal notes

You can add personal notes to reading list items. Once a note is present on the list, the filter allows you to display those matching your criteria (the presence or lack of a personal note).

For information on how to add notes, see adding a personal note.


You can change the citation style you are viewing the list in from the default to something you are familiar with. This makes citing items from the list easier, however, as with all citations from software, these should be checked before using in an assignment.

The list can also be exported to PDF as a bibliography, simply use the menu to select the citation style you want to export before selecting View & Export then PDF - Bibliography.

This can be particularly useful when referencing items, as you are able to export the entire list in a variety of formats.

  • RIS lets you export the list in a format that can be uploaded to reference management software like RefWorks or EndNote
  • CSV exports a comma separated list which can be imported to excel
  • PDF - List download a printable version of the list

How to interact with your list

Logging in to Reading Lists @ Glasgow opens up a number of features available for your reading list.

To view your profile once logged in, select your name on the menu.

On your Profile page you will see your name and details, which you can edit. You will also see listings of what resources you are reading, have read or intend to read if you have added items.

Resources from more than one list will appear here together, provided you have set a Reading intention or added a Personal note about them.

You can keep links to a number of reading lists together by creating your own list. To do this, select + My Lists and the current reading list you are viewing will be added to your My Lists page.

Select the My Lists tab on the menu bar to view your lists.

You can choose the list title or select View published list to view the contents of the list.

Assigning reading intentions

You can assign a reading intention or status to each item within your list by selecting the circle icon next to each item. This is designed to help you organise your list, and quickly identify what you want to read.

You can mark items as:

  • Undecided
  • Will read
  • Reading now
  • Have read
  • Won't read

Adding a personal note

Notes or annotations can be useful when organising your reading list for future study. You can add your own notes directly onto any item on a reading list. These are personal notes which cannot be viewed by your lecturer or anyone else.

On the right-hand side of each item, select the 3 dots to access the notes menu, choose Personal Note.

Type your note and save, a padlock indicates this is a private study note.

Reading Lists for students interface overview