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Readings at JCU

How to get the most out of your subject readings at JCU

Creating a new reading list

You should only create one list for each subject (some exceptions apply. Talk to your liaison librarian if you think you need more than one).

Create sections to organise the list and keep modules, topics or weekly readings separate. Sections can be linked to specific folders in your LearnJCU subject site.

From the Readings dashboard:

  • Select My Lists
  • Create new list
  • Add list name (e.g. XY1001 X-Ray Practice  - see below for list naming standards)
  • Add a description (optional)
  • Select Hierarchy (Subject code) and Save (see below
  • Select Academic Year (Teaching Period 1 =A and Teaching Period 2 = B see below)
  • Click on Create list
  • Check ‘I am list owner’
  • Draft list opens
  • Add sections by dragging and dropping the 'New section' option into the body of your list (More details here). 
  • Save draft OR Publish (Note list can not be seen or linked to LearnJCU unless published)

List name format

Below are the instructions for naming your list, this is important for 2 main reasons:

1. It allows students accessing the list directly through Readings to know they have the correct list

2. It allows library staff to know which availability a list belongs to without having to check with the list creator.

Enter the subject code and name correctly so that searches return correct results. Copy and paste the subject code, then subject name from the online handbook, leaving a space between elements.

Format: Subject Code Subject Name - Additional information if needed

e.g. BA1001 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition


You can also add clarifying information in the Description field however this is optional.


Select hierarchy (subject code)

Every subject code in Blackboard is listed in the Hierarchy in Readings (If you can't find your subject in the hierarchy  contact the library and advise  that it is missing, include the subject code, name, and anticipated student numbers in your message. You can continue to create your list without it in the meantime).

This allows essential linkage and enables seamless integration between Readings and LearnJCU.
A hierarchy must be selected from the existing list.

Student number will be added automatically via Cognos at key times during semester, please do not alter.

To link to the hierarchy click on Select hierarchy, a pop-up box will appear type in the subject code when you see it in the drop down option select it and press Save. You can link to multiple subjects this way.

Academic year (Time period)

The academic year (also know as the time period) is a drop down option. It is used (along with the hierarchy) to allow LearnJCU to find and link to the correct list in Readings.
These time periods relate to LearnJCU and Readings compliance and maintenance procedures and must be completed.

Simply put is used for subjects that have a census date before June 31st in any year, is used for subjects with census dates after July 1st.

There may be some exceptions, below we have broken down which time period you should use based on study periods. 

If in doubt check your LearnJCU Subject Site code (can be found at the top right of the site) this code will start with 2 digits (the year) then a letter or B. This is the time period you need to use for your list. 

Note: If your subject is taught in both and time periods you will need a list for each, include the SP in the list name to make it clear to students which version of the list they should use.

If you are unsure which option to use-talk to your liaison librarian.

Select the Time period that encompasses your subject’s study period.


Time period

Corresponding dates

Corresponding study period

2019-A 26/12/2018 - 25/12/2019 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 21, 51, 54, 55, 58, 58, 64, 65, 81, 82, 83,  91, 94, 95,  RP1, RP2, RT1, RT2


1/7/2019 – 30/6/2020   

2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 19, 22, 23, 52, 53, 56, 57, 59, 66, 67, 84, 85, 86, 92, 93, 96, RT3, RT4


Is your subject offered in both Teaching Periods (before and after June), you can request a single list rollover from A to B by contacting the library.

Note if your subject is taught in multiple study periods in the same half of the year (pre- or post June) then one list will suffice just make a note of the study periods it applies to as per the naming conventions. 

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