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Readings at JCU

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

List Tools

You will see a number of tools at the top of your Readings list when viewing it in full (Note: these will not be visible when you are viewing a single section).

Table of Contents: Allows you to jump to a section of the list

Type: Filter to resource type e.g. article, book, webpage etc

Filter: Allows you to limit which resources you see e.g. items you have set as 'Will Read' or 'Online Resources'

Citation Style: View your list in your subjects referencing style e.g. APA (note your should still check the references against the relevant referencing guide)

View & Export: Download your list as a RIS (Endnote) or CSV (excel) file, or as a PDF either in list or Bibliography (alphabetical and reference style) formats. 

Accessing Online Resources

Most of your Readings will be available online. Readings can be articles, books, and book chapters but they can also be videos, podcasts, news articles or web pages.

Any material available electronically will have the View Online button to the right of the item (see image below). 

Click this button to access the material. 

If prompted, log in using your JC number and password.  

Accessing physical resources

If the resource you are after is a physical item, and not available electronically, click on the title in your list. The selected resources details (including the library call number and availability) will appear as below:


Click on the COPIES AVAILABLE button next to the location and call number, e.g. Cairns - 363.7 MIL 2019 - 2 OF 2 COPIES AVAILABLE. This will open a new window showing the item in the library catalogue:

If the item is available, make a note of the call number  (e.g. 363.7 MIL 2019), and location (e.g. General Collection) so you can find it on the shelf. If it's out on loan, go to the Get It section, Log in and select the REQUEST: Place hold:


Using Readings study tools

Create a profile in Readings to access the below tools. Do this by logging in to Readings using your JC number and password.

Select Create a Profile from the top menu bar.  You need do this only once, and you can set your profile to private if you wish (recommended).

You can set your Reading Intentions (Will read, Reading now, Have read, Won't read) for resources in a list using the Circle drop-down menu next to View Online:


Using the three dots drop down menu (see below) you can also:

  • Save the resource to your personal list of resource (Add to My Bookmarks)
  • You can add personal notes about resources. These notes are private to you and can include reminders for assignments, quotes, questions, etc. which can be helpful to refer to when you write your assignments. View all your notes in your profile by opening the tab My Notes
  • Download individual Readings as a RIS (Endnote)
  • Report a broken link
  • Copy the link to a Reading to share item


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