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Course Readings

Course Readings is a NUS Libraries service that provides course-related materials made available, either electronically or physically.

Add readings to existing reading list

You need to choose an existing list before you can add readings. Click on Lists and choose an existing list.

These are 3 ways to add readings.

Notes:

  • If you would like an overview on which of the above 3 ways you can use to add a reading, please refer to this FAQ.
  • If there is no existing list, refer to Create reading list.
  • You will be prompted with a Copyright Declaration statement when you add a reading with an uploaded file or a locate request.
  • If you have reused readings from previous reading list which have files attached, you will see an orange copyright declaration banner. Follow the steps shown in the Copyright Declaration Process

Find an existing reading

1. Click on Add, followed by Find an existing reading.

2. Click on Find.

3. Choose to search within the Library Catalogue and/or Course Readings repository.

Library Catalogue: Readings that exists in NUS Libraries collection (e.g. FindMore search results).
Course Readings: Readings that exists in NUS Libraries collection that have/were used in 1 or more Course Readings lists (e.g. scanned readings, ebook chapter).

4. Choose a Publication Kind. Eg. Book, Journal Article, etc.

5. Choose a term to search under. Eg. Article Title, Author, etc.

6. Enter the keywords to search. [Note: Press ENTER if you wish to search in more fields].

7. Choose a reading when the search results appear.

  • Readings with the world icon contain a web link for readers to refer to. This weblink can be to databases NUS Libraries subscribes to or a LINC record. 
  • Readings with a download icon  have a file (e.g. PDF file) for readers to download and refer to. Having a file to download and refer to may happen when NUS Libraries does not have the e-copy and the print copy was therefore scanned and uploaded as a PDF onto Course Readings. As this involves copying/reproducing works we do not own the copyright to, copyright declaration will be required later on (step 10).

8. Choose the appropriate Reading Importance : Required are Compulsory Readings while Recommended are Supplementary/Additional Readings.
Add Notes for students or library when necessary.

9. Click on Submit.

10. (If applicable) If you chose a reading with a download icon  next to it earlier (step 7) and clicked submit (step 9), you will be shown a copyright declaration statement now. Please ensure that your selected reading is copyright compliant before clicking confirm.

Notes:

  • By default, each reading is added to Ungrouped Readings. Refer to Manage Readings' Organize readings using groups if you wish to place 1 or more readings into different groups. 
  • The library will be notified of your selected reading. The library may accept or reject your selection.
  • Please look out for each reading status to see if there is additional follow-up action required of you. This is because each reading status can affect its accessibility to students.

Add bulk readings from a RIS file

Optional precursor: Please refer to the below "Export RIS file" PDF if you would like to find out how to export RIS files from NUS Libraries portal, Google Scholar, EndNote or Zotero.


1. Click on Add, followed by Readings from file.

2. Click on Select a File.

3. Choose a RIS file.

4. Choose the appropriate Reading Importance : Required are Compulsory Readings while Recommended are Supplementary/Additional Readings.
Add Notes for students or library when necessary.

5. Click on Submit.

Notes:

  • Course Readings matches citations in your RIS file with the Library Catalogue.
  • By default, readings are added to Ungrouped Readings. Refer to Manage Readings' Organize readings using groups if you wish to place 1 or more readings into different groups.
  • The library will be notified of your added reading. The Library may accept or reject your added reading.
  • Please look out for each reading status (e.g. Needs Review) to see if there is additional follow-up action required of you. This is because each reading status can affect its accessibility to students.

Add reading by filling up a form

1. Click on Add and choose a New.. option from the drop-down menu.

2. Add citation details in the form. Ensure that all required fields (marked with a red asterisk) are completed. 

  • If you are uploading a File (i.e. Kind - File), please ensure that it is copyright compliant
  • If you select Locate a reading (i.e. Kind - Locate), please ensure that your reading request is also copyright compliant. This is because NUS Libraries may not be able to purchase access to the e-copy for the requested reading and your department may therefore choose to scan the print edition of the requested reading and upload its scanned version onto Course Readings. 

3. Choose the appropriate Reading Importance : Required are Compulsory Readings while Recommended are Supplementary/Additional Readings. 
Add Notes for students or library when necessary.
For example, if you want to place a printed book in RBR (Reserve Books and Readings), please indicate in Notes for library.

4. Click on Submit

5. (If applicable) If you selected File or Locate for your reading's Kind earlier (i.e. step 2), you will be shown a copyright declaration statement.
Please ensure that your reading request is therefore copyright compliant before clicking confirm.


 

Notes:

  • By default, readings are added to Ungrouped ReadingsRefer to Manage Readings' Organize readings using groups if you wish to place 1 or more readings into different groups.
  • Your request may be sent to the library for review and processing according to copyright requirements.
  • The library will also be notified of your added reading. The Library may accept or reject your added reading.
  • Please look out for each reading status to see if there is additional follow-up action required of you. This is because each reading status (e.g. Submitted or Processing) can affect its accessibility to students.