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Information for list creators

New Quick Guide

  • Copying a list to the new semester
  • Add new editions to en existing list

read!t Quick guide copy list and add new editions

In the following short instructions you will learn how to register in read!t and how to create or edit reading lists for your courses.

News: From the end of September read!t will be automatically activated. Until then there are two ways to activate read!t. You can find the details in the following information.

We regularly offer short online courses on read!t. You can register and find the course dates here.

The first steps

Important information: With end of September read!t will be automatically activated in the syllabus.

Activating read!t in MyLEARN (syllabus)

  • Select read!t in the menu Actions

  • Activate read!t with the slider (on/off).
  • read!t is now visible to your students (Readings) and you are ready to create a reading list.
  • Please remember that you need to publish your reading list after creating it. Once you have published your list, your students will be able to see it in the syllabus.

Direct access via the read!t portal: If you would like to create an additional reading list, e.g. a reading list that is not specific to an individual course, you can create and edit such a list directly on the read!t portal

In general, it is recommended that you edit your reading list in the syllabus view because there the system will automatically generate an appropriate list for your course. However, if you need an additional list for your course or if you would like to create a list for a different purpose, you can create such a list using the portal.

From summer semester 2023 onwards read!t will be the only way to provide reading lists.

To save your old reading list as a CSV , which you can open in Excel, export it it from the syllabus using the button "Download old reading list as CSV".

Read!t will will replace the old reading lists in the syllabus from September 2022. You can activate read!t in the section Readings of you syllabus via the button "Activate read!t now".


  • Open the syllabus for the course repository in MyLEARN.

  • Activate read!t via the menu items Manage -> Actions -> read!t.

  • Once read!t is activated, a reading list will automatically be created in the course repository syllabus (in the “Readings” field).
  • Now fill the empty reading list with the appropriate literature or resources. Be sure to publish the reading list before you transfer it to the course(s). read!t is activated automatically, but the reading list is not visible if it is not published.
  • To transfer the reading list to the desired course(s), click on Copy to the course... in the syllabus. Select the appropriate course(s) to which the list should be transferred. On the control page, you will be asked to confirm the transfer.

  • The reading list is now visible in the syllabus of the selected course(s).
  • Important: If you make changes to the course repository reading list, these changes must be transferred manually to the corresponding courses via "Copy to courses". The course lists are then in draft mode and must be published again!

Please note: If there are any fields in the syllabus that should not be overwritten with information from the course repository, please block these fields on the course level (Syllabus -> Manage -> Actions -> Disable Fields ...)

You can transfer read!t reading lists from one course to another (e.g. for the next semester) by copying the syllabus to the appropriate course in LEARN.

To do so, sign into LEARN and click on MyLearn. Now choose the course to which you would like to copy the syllabus.

Click on Syllabus in the left-hand menu, and then select Syllabus --> Manage.

The menu now shows the option Actions. Click it and select Copy from course….

In the semester list, search for the course from which you would like to carry over the syllabus and click on it. Then click Selected items --> Copy from course.

Finally, confirm your choice by clicking Copy from course.

After copying, please check your reading list to make sure that the resources listed are complete and up to date (editions of books, web links, etc.). Please also check the tags and adjust them, if necessary.

Before you start adding items: structure your list

Add a new section

  • You can add a new section by clicking the button New section.
  • Sections can help you to structure your list more clearly, e.g. by grouping resources based on class units, topics, or status (required reading vs. recommended reading).

Add a title to a new section

You can also add a short description of the section (optional)

  • The resources in your sections are automatically collapsed in the student view. You can adjust this using the "Expand section(s) by default" menu item.

Adding literature or other resources

Add items

Search the WU Library Catalog & Articles

Add resources – use the button add or drag and drop

Correct or complete the description of the resource if necessary

Log in to the read!t portal and the WU catalog with your WU login data.

Go to My account and choose Settings. Under Interface language you can change the language to English permanently.

Once you have found the appropriate item in the catalog,

  1. Click on the PUSH TO READ!T button
  2. Add the item to the appropriate reading list (or also under My Collection) and section
  3. Click on Add 

  • Search the WU library catalog for the desired book.

  • If a title is available in more than one edition or version (e.g. also as an e-book), this is stated below its catalog entry.
  • Open the version overview to find out what is available and choose the right version.

  • In case you automatically carried over a reading list from a previous semester, please check the editions or versions of all items and adjust them accordingly.
  • If you intentionally want to make an older edition available for your students on your reading list (although the book would be available in a more recent edition), please note this in "Public Note".

If you cannot find a book or e-book in the WU library holdings:

  • Please create a manual entry (title, author, type, date of publication).
  • Select the section to which you would like to add the resource and click Add.

You can then use the pop-up window to send an acquisition request to the library.

  • Please select the appropriate purchase option for your needs and enter a contact person.
  • Once the library staff has checked your request, you will be informed of whether the item can be purchased.
  • As soon as the book has been included in the library inventory, all information on location and availability will be updated automatically in your reading list.

If a book or an e-book is already in the WU library holdings, but a different version (print, electronic, new edition) is required:

  • Please also create your own manual entry in this case – even if the desired book is already available as a printed version.
  • Once the library staff has checked your request, you will be informed of whether it is possible to purchase an electronic version.

Assigning tags and notes

Please assign tags to your resources – this is an important information for your students and for our library staff.

Add tags to a resource for students:

Tags provide your students with important information about the status of your literature or resource entry (mandatory, additional ).

  • If you would like to add a resource to your list, you can select and confirm the appropriate tag in the pop-up window.
  • You can also change the tags later by selecting the pen icon in the item view, then clicking on Add tags and choosing the appropriate tag or adding a further tag.

Add tags as information for library staff:

Special tags can also be used to provide library staff with important information about the resource.

  • Digitization request: Parts of a book/journal issue from the library collection or an item yet to be purchased should be made available in digital format
  • Textbook collection: The book should be included in the textbook collection (LBS)

Add a public note for your students or a private note for your collaborators (other lecturers, tutors, etc.)

  • Option 1: Click the ... menu of the resource and choose Edit resource to add a note for students in the field Public note.
  • Option 2: You can also add a public or private note directly in the item view. To do that, click the pen icon, enter the note, and save the entry.

Activate the student discussion feature

Publishing a reading list 

  • If you click on the Publish button, your reading list becomes visible to your students. It is also automatically forwarded to be checked by the library team.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Please be sure to click Publish to make every newly edited/created list visible to your students. Once published, the list is visible to your students in the syllabus of the associated course and on the read!t portal.

Other functionalities

The Cite It! bookmarklet enables you to easily collect resources from databases, websites and video portals.

  • To install it, go to your account settings and click on "Cite It!".

  • Then simply drag and drop the Cite It! button to your bookmarks panel.

  • Go to the website you want to add and click on the Cite It! bookmarklet.

  • Cite It! will automatically harvest the title, URL, and other details.
  • Please check the accuracy of the data before adding the resource to your list or add the missing information.
  • Under "Select or search a reading list" you can choose the reading list to which the website should be added.

Unfortunately, not all websites and databases are supported yet. You will find an overview when installing the bookmarklet under "Selected pages that provide Cite It! functionality".

You have the option of activating a discussion platform for students. This can be used for the allowing the students to exchange ideas/thoughts on specific resources or for forming groups e.g.

Tip: If you activate this feature, discuss it with your students and define the types of communication for which the student discussion function should (not) be used.

By assigning tags, you can send a request to the library to digitize pages or chapters from books or journals.

  • Digitization request: Parts of a book / journal that is already available in the library collection or has been newly acquired should be digitized

After a copyright check, the library team will digitize the required pages or chapters of the book/journal and make the digitized version available in the form of a download link directly in read!t on your reading list.

read!t gives you a choice between a German and an English user interface. You can change the language in your account settings.

You will receive an automatic email notification via read!t as soon as an activity (adding or changing a resource, a comment or a note, etc.) is registered on your list. If you do not want to receive these notifications, you can deactivate this function in your account settings.

My Collection - putting together a personal collection

  • The My Collection feature gives you the opportunity to collect interesting resources for different purposes in a personal list.
  • Here you can deposit interesting literature for one of your next courses or resources for a research project etc.
  • My Collection also allows you to copy books from your personal collection to course reading lists. You can do that by clicking on Add items +.
  • My Collection also gives you the opportunity to propose resources for other courses and reading lists. Your students also have personal collection areas and can send you suggestions for the inclusion of specific items via My Collection.

Tips and Tricks - How to use read!t even better

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