Canvas Tufts Library Reading ListsHow do I add library items to the reading list?

How do I add library items to the reading list?

Spring 2021 reserves will be online only.  Follow the directions below to request digital versions of course materials for your students.  

  • The library will purchase e-books and digital media when possible, or digitize physical items in our collection and make them available to your students online.
  • Note that in order to comply with copyright restrictions, only materials your students will be required to read, view, or listen to can be digitized. The library cannot digitize material that is only recommended.
  • More information about online reserves is available here.
  • For copyright and fair use guidelines, seeCopyright and Course MaterialsandAbout Fair Use.

You can add items from the libraries’ collections by clicking the large plus sign (+) in the blue box at the top of the Reading List sections.

Note: Depending on your browser you may see the words “Add Items”:

Or you may just see a plus sign:

This brings up a search box on the right side of the screen that is identical to searching JumboSearch. To limit your search to library items, choose Library Catalog.

•Search for the item you want to add to your list, then select it and click Add

You will then see a pop-up form, where you’ll enter the details about what your students need access to.  Which form you’ll see depends on the format of the material you’re adding

For a physical book or score:  Enter the page range or chapter(s) your students will be required to read, or indicate if they will need access to the entire book.

For assistance on Fair Use & Copyright, please visit Scholarly Communications at Tufts

For a video recording:  Enter the start and end times of the section your students will need to view, or indicate whether the entire film is needed.

If requesting an entire film, please include a short note about why you need the film (for example, that the film is required viewing and/or supports a required text, or that the film is most meaningful to your teaching and learning objectives when viewed in its entirety), which will help the libraries stay in compliance with Fair Use guidelines.

For assistance on Fair Use & Copyright, please visit Scholarly Communications at Tufts.

For an audio recording:  Indicate what portion of the recording should be digitized for streaming and whether the liner notes should be scanned.  If requesting an entire recording, please include a short note about why you need the recording, which will help the libraries stay in compliance with Fair Use guidelines.

For assistance on Fair Use & Copyright, please visit Scholarly Communications at Tufts.

If the library does not own the material you need:  Click the create tab and enter as much information as you have.  Note that Type is a required field.  Choose the format of the material from the dropdown menu.

Then fill out the question form indicating what your students will need to access.

For assistance on Fair Use & Copyright, please visit Scholarly Communications at Tufts.

After you add items

  • Library staff will receive and process your request.
  • If possible, the library will purchase an electronic edition of the material you need.  However, not all materials are available in digital format for libraries.  If that’s the case, physical materials will be digitized.
  • A link to the digital material will be added to the citation in your Reading List when the material is available.
  • Depending on licensing, e-books may have a limit on the number of users who can access them simultaneously.
  • Books digitized by the library will be stored on Box.
    • Library staff will create a Box folder for your course and store all scanned readings in this folder.  Readings will be stored in a sub-folder for each book.  The files will be available for the length of the semester and will not be downloadable or printable.
    • A link to each book’s folder will be added to the book’s citation in your Reading List.  Students will be prompted to log in to Box after opening the link.
    • In order to restrict access to only the students in your course, the Box folder will be shared with each student individually, with view-only permissions.  They won’t be able to download or upload material from this folder.
    • The folder name will be your course number and name.  Although students will access the readings through the links in the Reading List, note that this folder will appear in their Box accounts.  Keep this in mind if you are also using Box for other course materials.
  • Streaming media will be available in a playlist embedded in your Canvas course site.