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Readings at JCU

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

Finding my reading lists

There are two places for students to find readings lists for their subjects:

  • Your subject on LearnJCU. Links to your readings may appear as an item in the left hand menu labelled Readings or may be within weekly folders, this icon indicates that there is a reading list for you 
  • Directly from the Readings home page . Find reading lists for your subjects by typing your subject code, subject name or lecturer's name into the search box.

Using my reading list

Lists are often divided into sections. You can re-organise if you want to by using “filter” You can also 'search' by author or title or by viewing the list’s table of contents and grouping your readings by type or importance.

Selecting View Bibliography allows you to view or download the resource list as a formatted reference list.

Many resources are available online, as indicated by the  button.

Click on the button to access the resource – perhaps an ebook, online journal article, scanned chapter or streaming video. If prompted, enter your JC number and password.

If the resource you are after is a physical item like a print book or DVD, click on the title in your list and the resources details including the library call number and availability will appear


Click on the COPY AVAILABLE button next ot the location and call number (i.e. Cairns - 299.92 LAW) This will open a new window showing the item in the library catalogue.

If the item is available, make a note of the Shelf Mark (call number) and location so you can find it on the shelf. If it's out on loan, select the Request copy option next to the copy you want.


Using Readings study tools

By creating a profile in Readings you'll get access to some helpful tools for organising your study and tracking your progress. Login to Readings using your usual 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 view your list in your chosen reference style (e.g. APA) by selecting the relevant option from Citation Styles (Remember these are not guaranteed to be correct, but they are a helpful starting point).

You can set your reading intentions on the resources in a list. This means selecting from Will read, Reading now, Have read or Won't read in the Circle drop-down menu next to each item.


To see all your resources organised by these reading intentions, go to View Profile under your profile name. If you keep the reading intentions updated, it provides a way of keeping track of your progress.

Using the three dots drop down menu 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

Finally, you can export an entire reading list, or reading list section, to EndNote, a PDF or Word bibliography or other system by clicking View & Export and selecting the correct option. 

Find and use your reading lists



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