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Course Reserves - Library Reading Lists

Learn about the Library Reading List tool, how it integrates with Brightspace, and how you can create your own.

2h: Add scanned PDFs to your reading list

If you've acquired scanned copies of articles or book chapters (the scans MUST follow copyright - see the copyright tab for more information), you can upload them into your reading list.

If you don't already have an item created for the scanned PDF, follow these instructions directly below. If you already have an item created, skip down to the next section, Uploading a scanned PDF to an existing item.

Creating a new item with a scanned PDF

Once in your reading list, click Add Items +

add item

Click the Create tab and fill out the required fields.

Create citation tab

Scroll down to the box that says Drag files here to upload them. Add the file by either dragging the file to the box or by clicking the box to search for a file saved to your computer.

drag files here to upload them or click to browse for a file

When the PDF finishes uploading, click the radio button next to This resource falls within our institution's fair use guidelines.

Fair Use guidelines radio button

Click Save.

If you have multiple chapters to upload for the same book, you'll repeat these steps for each chapter/scanned PDF.

Uploading a scanned PDF to an existing item

Click the three dots next to the item where you'd like to add a scanned PDF and choose Edit item.

edit item

Change the Type to Book chapter or Article. You may need to type in some additional information into the citation fields (i.e. Chapter Title, chapter number, pages, etc.).

Edit item form

Click the Drag files here to upload them box to browse for your file, or drag/drop from the folder location.

drag files here to upload them box

When the PDF finishes uploading, click the radio button next to This resource falls within our institution's fair use guidelines.

fair use guidelines radio button

Click Save.

Next Steps

Your citation will say Being Prepared until you publish the reading list.

Being prepared citation

When you click publish, the citation’s status will change to sent.

citation sent

When library staff approves your citation, it will say complete and your students will be able to download the pdf.

citation complete