Online reading lists - info for staff: Creating a structure

Guidance for teaching staff on creating and editing online lists for their modules

Creating a structure for your list

For most modules, it’s helpful to subdivide the list into sections, e.g. for weekly readings, required and suggested reading, or primary and secondary reading [click to view sample lists]. If your list only has a very small number of readings however you can skip this step and proceed to the Adding items page.

Adding sections to your list is done using a simple drag-and-drop tool, and can allow for both straightforward and complex list structures.

The video guide covers the basics of how to go about this, with step-by-step instructions below.

Adding sections - step-by-step instructions

1. The Edit List view

Begin by opening your list (e.g. via the My Lists tab).

Click the button and choose Edit List - this will open an editing view (see right).

This is comprised of several sections:

1. The left-hand pane is where items added to your list will be displayed

2. The upper right-hand section contains elements you can drag in to populate your list.

3. The lower right-hand section will display details of books, journal articles, etc you've selected to include in your list. [The term used for these is 'Bookmarks'].

Edit view


2. Add a section to your list

Click and drag the four-pointed arrow for New Section in to the left-hand pane.

Release when you see the dotted line appear.

Add a new section

3. Enter section info

A pop-up window will now open allowing you to enter

(i) a title for the section (e.g. Week 1)

(ii) a study note for the class [optional].  This can include information such as: 

     – indication that books listed are required/suggested purchases

    – reading instructions (e.g. "Read at least two of the following before the first class")           

    – tutorial questions, areas to consider when reading for lectures, etc

 or you can simply opt to leave this blank.

Add section window

Table of Contents

When you click Save in the Add Section pop-up the new section will be added to your list.

Build up your list structure by dragging in further sections, releasing when you see the dotted line appear in the appropriate place.

You’ll see that with the addition of a second section the software has started creating a Table of Contents.

The Table of Contents can be used to re-order your list using the same drag-and-drop method.

4. Sub-sections

You can also drag-and-drop sections within sections if a more complex structure is required.

Sub-sections display as grey boxes, while main sections are light blue.

If you wish, you can have sub-sections within sub-sections, although this can sometimes look a bit cluttered.


Once you have an outline structure in place you can start adding items to your list. You can always return to work on your list structure via  and Edit list.