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Required Readings

Your course likely consists of some combination of the following types of readings:

  1. Readings from Required Textbooks
  2. Readings available for free online that you link to from your syllabus.  
  3. Required Readings made available through the Library Course Reserves area in Canvas.  
  4. Recommended Readings

Help your students access assigned readings by

  1. Understanding where and how the students access different readings.
  2. Review this with them on the first day of class.
  3. Clearly noting in your syllabus where a reading can be found.  

If you have questions, please contact a Librarian at  We are happy to schedule a time to work with you on your readings and are available for in-person or virtual appointments.

Required Textbook Readings

Required Textbooks are listed in when a student registers for the course, and later on your syllabus and in Canvas.  You would have submitted your texts many months before the semester begins.  

It can help your students navigate your syllabus if you give each required text a shorthand name, and then note when a reading is from a required text.  Example:
In the list of textbooks you would list a book:

Hart, R. & Rollins, J. (2011). Therapeutic activities for children and teens coping with health issues. Wiley & Sons, Inc.  
** referred to in the weekly readings in syllabus as “Therapeutic Activities text”  

In the week's readings you would list the specific pages assigned:

Therapeutic Activities text: Chapter 9:  Death and bereavement (pp. 171-194) 

Another way to do this is to refer to the book by the author(s), e.g. Hart & Rollins.  

Your required texts may be available from the library as eBooks.

  • Please include links to these in your syllabus and/or on Canvas. Let students know these are available. 
  • Check the library catalog.  Tip:  Check to see if your texts have been used before by visiting the Course Reserves section of the library's catalog. Texts are updated prior to the start of the semester.  Search by title if they are not listed.  Contact the library if you are using a new text that needs to be purchased and/or would like to see if it is available as an eBook. 
  • Quick tutorial follows.


Readings Available for Free Online

Students access these readings by following links found in your syllabus.  Please note:

  • Free means exactly that:  there is no paywall prompting a person to pay before reading. 
  • There is also no quota.  Most newspapers have a quota of articles a person can read for free.  If you are using an article from a publication with a quota, you should NOT include a link and instead list it in the Library Course Reserves readings. Quotas are typically very obvious and you will see some notice about how many free articles you have read that month. 
  • You should check your links every semester to make sure they are still functioning. 
  • An example of how this type of reading would appear on your syllabus:

Novotny, A. (2018, September). What happens to the survivors? Long-term outcomes for survivors of mass shootings are improved with the help of community connections and continuing access to mental health support. Monitor on Psychology 49(8). Retrieve from: 

Contact if a link is not working and you need assistance.

Required Readings in Canvas

The library facilitates access to required readings that are not from the textbook and not available for free online.

  • We use a course reserves management system and the Library Course Reserves area in Canvas to do this.  
  • Faculty and Instructors are responsible for entering the readings in the Library Course Reserves area of each course, and for using the tag feature to help your students access each week's readings. It is not enough to upload your syllabus to OneDrive. 
  • The library will enter readings for the first time for brand new courses, or for courses with substantial revisions. Please contact the library for more information.
  • Consider adding a notation to your syllabus when a reading is found in the Library Course Reserves area of Canvas. example: 
    • Nappa, U., Lundgren, A. & Axelsson, B. (2016). The effect of bereavement groups on grief, anxiety and depression- a controlled prospective intervention study.  BMC Palliative Care, 15(58), 1-8.  Library Course Reserves in Canvas
  • The library applies a fair use analysis for all readings that we make available. 
    • Where possible, the library links to content in our subscription resources.  These resources do not incur copyright costs.
    • If a reading exceeds fair use, we seek permission from the rights holder (typically the publisher) to use the reading.  This can come with copyright royalty costs.
    • Academic programs pays the copyright for materials that are in excess of fair use.  
    • If you are using more than 20-30% of a book, our request might be denied, or the cost may be more expensive than the price of the book.  If this is the case, please consider making the book a required text.

We strongly encourage you to view the following training materials before entering readings for your course with the Library Course Reserves tool. 

1. PDF Handout with Screen Shots 

2. Video Tutorials 

If you need additional assistance, schedule a Teams Video Chat or Zoom with a librarian by emailing

Recommended Readings

  • Recommended readings are, well, recommended.  They are meant to provide students with additional resources. 
  • If a recommended reading is to be used for a required course assignment, it should be listed as required.  
  • Students will be responsible for locating recommended readings. The Library has many online tutorials available for students to help them learn how to locate a reading. Please help your students become self sufficient information seekers by directing them to these tutorials.  
  • If they need additional assistance, they can stop by the library for help or email to set up a research appointment.