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Course Readings

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

Course Readings FAQs for NUS faculty & students

Q. Where is Course Readings on Canvas?

Note: To access Course Readings on Canvas based on the steps below, you will need your NUSNET ID and Password and you will also need to be enrolled in the course


  1. Head to Canvas and if you are prompted, login with your NUSNET ID and Password.
  2. On Dashboard, select the Course you intend to access Course Readings from. 

  1. On the Course Navigation bar, click on Course Readings

  1. You will be able to see the Course Readings (aka reading list for the Course) if it has been published (by staff in charge) and your browser (e.g. Google Chrome) is compatible with Course Readings

Q. The Course Readings page is blank when I access it on Google Chrome. What can I do about this?

If the Course Readings page shows up blank on your computer's Google Chrome browser, it may be because of its settings for cookies and other site data.

To resolve the issue, follow the steps below.

  1. On the top right side of your Google Chrome browser, click on  followed by Settings.

  1. On the Settings page, click on Privacy and Security followed by Cookies and other site data.

  1. Now, select 1 of these options: Block third-party cookiesBlock third-party cookies in Incognito or Allow all cookies.


You should now be able to see the contents of the Course Readings page on your Google Chrome browser now. 

Course Readings FAQs for NUS faculty

Q. Can I add a streaming video onto Course Readings? 

No. This is because the film is only restricted to course participants and including a link to it within Course Readings would make it accessible to all NUS staff and students. 

However, you may request for a streaming video for your course and NUS Libraries will inform you if the streaming version is available. Thereafter, you may consider adding the video link in other parts of Canvas, such as in Pages or Files. For more information on this, please refer to

Q. How can I add a scanned reading onto the only reading list for a Course this semester within Course Readings?

  1. Prior to doing so, please check if NUS Libraries has the e-version of the reading (e.g. book chapter found within ebook).

  2. If NUS Libraries does not have the e-version, please ensure that the scanned reading to be added is copyright compliant on its own and when added onto the reading list.

  3. Once you have confirmed that you will be adhering to copyright regulations, please refer to Add reading by filling up a form. Particularly, at its step 2, select File to attach the scanned copy of the reading.

Q. Which way would you suggest I use to add a reading to a Course Readings reading list?

  • Option 1: Find an existing reading
    It usually can find book titles and journal titles that exist within NUS Libraries' catalogue.
    It can also find some journal articles within the journals that exist within NUS Libraries' catalogue.
    However, it usually cannot find book chapters. 
  • Option 2: Reading from file
    FindMore and some databases (see the 2 below images) allow you to download the RIS file of the reading (e.g. ebook, ejournal, ebook chapter, ejournal article). This downloaded RIS file can then be used for Reading from file.

Q. Why am I receiving this Copyright Declaration Statement email?

The copyright declaration statement email is typically sent to the Requestor of each reading in the below scenarios. 


Scenario 1: A reading containing a File or a Locate request was added to a Course Readings reading list and had its copyright declaration confirmed or submitted. The reading now has an Active or Pending status.


Scenario 2: A reading containing a File or Locate request on Course Readings reading list has been approved or edited by NUS Libraries staff. In most cases, the reading will have an Active or Pending status.

Q. Course Readings is missing on the Course Navigation bar for my Course. What can I do?

  1. Click on Settings followed by Navigation.
  2. Under Drag items here to hide them from students, click on Course Readings and drag and drop it under a preferred position within Drag and drop items to reorder them in the course navigation.
  3. Click Save.

Course Readings should now reappear under the Course Navigation bar.


Q. I don't see my reading list for my Course on Course Readings. Where is it?

  1. Click on Lists and choose the reading list you are looking for.

  1. (Optional) If you want your reading list and all the active readings not awaiting copyright declaration and which are not hidden on it to be accessible to students, click on Publish.

Q. What is this text that is listed in front of the course name when I am choosing to publish a reading list?

This text represents the SIS ID of the course.

The course's SIS ID is also visible under Settings' Course Details.