Reading lists at is a web-based resource that students use to access their recommended reading quickly and easily.

A reading list is a list of core reading (required, or mandatory reading), further reading, or reading recommended for purchase for your module, or programme.

Although they are called 'reading lists', you list may contain a variety of sources including videos, web links, images, as well as links to books and journal articles.

Most reading lists will be available online, accessed through Blackboard, or directly on

You can access the materials on your reading lists from the Library. overview

This video will show you how to make the most of your online reading list.

Further information and guidance

What is

We use online reading list software to provide you with quick and easy access to all the print and digital material you need for your course.

We work with academics and module leaders to curate and supply comprehensive resource lists, which provide seamless access to your core and further reading materials from a single online portal, linked from your Blackboard online learning environment. This includes instant online access to e-books, online journal articles, audio-visual content, and digitised versions of core print materials.

How do I access my reading lists

You should be able to access your module reading list in Blackboard, from the ‘Reading list’ link in the left-hand module menu. Clicking the Reading list link should open the list within in a new tab.

Alternatively, you can search for your module list directly within the Search portal of

How do I use allows you to:

  • View all core and further reading requirements for your module in one place
  • Directly access key online resources like e-books, journal articles, audio-visual content and other web resources
  • Instantly view scanned, digitised versions of core print reading, provided by the Library Digitisation service
  • View real-time availability of print books on your list in our libraries, and place recalls and reservations
  • Save personal notes and reminders on your reading lists, that are visible only to you.

Clicking an item’s ‘View online’ button, where available, will open the resource in a new tab. N.B. Most library e-resources will require UWE Bristol staff or student login.

If the item is only available in print, clicking on the title will provide further information about the book, including library availability. If an item is already out on loan, you can click to recall a copy using the available link.

Making the most of

You can use the Table of Contents button at the top of the list to quickly navigate to different sections, which is useful if your list is very long or organised by week over a semester.

The ‘Filter’ and ‘Type’ buttons can be used to only show a certain type of resource e.g. you may want to only show content available online, or perhaps only see items you have set a reading intention for (see below).

The ‘Search’ box on the top right of the list is useful to quickly find a resource, for example to follow up a reference from notes or a lecture slide, where you only have the author’s name.

You can use the ‘Citation style’ button to show resources on the list in different referencing formats, including UWE Bristol Harvard and OSCOLA. These can be then exported in .ris format using the ‘3 dot’ menu on the far right of the item, to use with referencing software. The Library always recommends manually checking each reference to ensure it meets formatting requirements.

The reading intentions menu (a circle to the right of each item) is a great way to organise your personal reading and stay on track: select from the options to mark items you will read, are reading, or don’t plan to read. You can then use the Filter options to show you how much reading you’ve got in each group. Your reading intentions are private to you and will not be shown to other users.

Make a ‘personal note’ on an item, which will only be visible to you, to remind you of key points to look for in a reading, remember which page you got to, or add any other thoughts. Access this feature from the ‘3 dot’ menu to the far right of each item.

Staff support

Staff can find support with our collection of tasks and guides:

Using (staff intranet)

Accessibility statement

Reading Lists accessibility statement