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Course Reading List

How Do I Add a Reading List?

The Basics

  1. Navigate to your course site.
  2. Click Reading List in the top menu on the left.
  3. On the page that opens, click Yes, and then Continue.
  4. Edit the Contact Information, if necessary.
  5. If you taught the course in a previous term, and want to use the same reading list, click the Copy Previous List tab, select the reading list (identified by course and term), and click + Copy List. Click OK on the confirmation prompt. If you are not adding any new items, click View / Edit List > and continue with step 13.
  6. To add new items, in the Item Selection / Creation area on the first page, enter the ISBN number, or the author’s name, and/or title in the appropriate field(s).
  7. Click Search.
  8. Locate the item(s) you want in the search results, and click either Required or Recommended to add the book to the reading list. Click OK to verify that you want the item added to the list, or click Cancel if you added it to the wrong list or selected the wrong item.
  9. To search for another item, scroll up to the search fields, click the New Search button to clear the fields, and repeat steps 7 – 9 as often as needed to create your reading list.
  10. Once you have selected all the readings, click View / Edit List >. You will see the reading list displayed, with the Required Readings in the top box, and the Recommended Readings in the next. Change the numbering or use the drag-and-drop cross-hair arrows to arrange the readings in the order they will be used.
  11. If you need to add more items, click the < Previous button (located top and bottom, left) to return to the Item Selection / Creation page.
  12. If the list is complete, enter any Notes / Special instructions to Labyrinth Books and the Expected enrollment (required).
  13. Click Submit.

What if I can’t find the book using the Search?

If the book isn’t found in the search results, check your spelling first. If your spelling is correct, but you still can’t find the item:

  1. Click the Manually Enter Item tab, and enter as much information as you know in the fields.
  2. Click the + Required or + Recommended button to add the item to the list.
  3. When the confirmation prompt appears, click OK to add the item, or Cancel if you selected the wrong list.
  4. Complete the list as described above in steps 10 through 14.
  5. Labyrinth will use the information you have provided to find the item, if possible. They will contact you if they have questions.

How do I add a coursepack?

  1. Click on the Add Coursepack tab.
  2. Enter the coursepack number provided by the reproduction service, the name of the reproduction service (Provider), the price, and any comments for the students.
  3. Click the + Required or + Recommended button to add the item to the list.
  4. When the confirmation prompt appears, click OK to add the item, or Cancel if you selected the wrong list.
  5. To see the reading list, click View / Edit List >.
  6. When the list is complete, enter any Notes / Special instructions to Labyrinth Books and the Expected enrollment (required).
  7. Click Submit.

I’ve put the item in the wrong list. How do I move it to the other list?

There are two ways to move items from one list to another. You can drag the item and drop it into the other list. Or you can use the Edit button:

  1. On the List Organization page, locate the item.
  2. Click the Edit button. A new button appears with a name beginning Move to.
  3. Click the Move to… button to move the item to the other list.
  4. Click the Done button on the item to close the edit fields.
  5. Click Finish to submit the changes to Labyrinth.

I’ve got more information for a manually entered item. How can I add it?

  1. On the List Organization page, locate the item.
  2. Click the Edit button.
  3. Enter the new information, or change existing information as needed.
  4. Click the Done button when you’re finished, and then the Finish button.

I want to tell the students something about an item. How can I do that?

  1. On the List Organization page, locate the item.
  2. Click the Edit button.
  3. Enter the information for students in the Comments (for students) field.
  4. Click the Done button when you’re finished, and then the Finish button.

How do I delete an item?

  1. On the List Organization page, locate the item.
  2. Click the Delete button. When prompted, click OK to confirm the deletion.
  3. Click the Finish button.

How can I get the submission status for all of my course reading lists?

You can export the submission status data and email it to yourself as an Excel spreadsheet. Once you have the Excel spreadsheet, you can organize and display the data any way you like.

Note: If you have not already added the Course Reading List Submission Status module on your My Blackboard page, do so before continuing. (See How do I add the Course Reading List Submission Status module? for instructions.)

To obtain Course Reading List Submission Status data:

  1. Click the Reading List Submission Status link in the Course Reading List Submission Status module.
  2. When the Course Reading List Admin page is displayed, select the Semester for which you want to check the submission status.
  3. Click the Email Report button. A message is displayed indicating that the report has been emailed to your email address.
  4. When you open the email, and the attached spreadsheet, you can see the list of all courses for which you have access to the reading list, with columns for the Blackboard course code, the reading list creation status, the submission date, the number of items in the reading list, and an indicator of whether or not the course has readings. The user name of the person to be contacted if there are problems with the reading list is displayed in the last column.
  5. Look for a date in the Submitted column to be sure the reading list has been submitted.
    Important! If the reading list is not submitted, the materials will not be ordered.
  6. You can forward the email with the attached Reading List Submission Status report, or save it, just as you would any email attachment.

How do I add the Course Reading List Submission Status module?

To add the Course Reading List Submission Status module:

  1. On the My Blackboard page, click the Add Module button.
  2. On the Add Module page, scroll down to find the Course Reading List Submission Status module.
  3. Click the Add button.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the list and click the OK button to return to the My Blackboard page. The Course Reading List Submission Status module will be displayed at the bottom of the column on the left.

Tip! If you'd prefer a different location, you can move the module by dragging it to the desired location.

Other Resources

Screen Images - for quick start information

Interactive Demos - a set of quick, interactive demos that allow you to experience the various functions involved when adding or updating a reading list.

Quick Reference Card - a PDF version of the quick reference card that can be printed.

Submission Status Report Quick Reference Card - a PDF version for printing