Using the Library Reading List Tool in Blackboard

Tips for UTSA faculty and other Blackboard course creators

Add Items: Library Search

You can search for articles, books, e-books, videos, and other library materials using Library Quick Search, Catalog, Textbook Reserves, UTSA Special Collections, and/or Newspapers.

Click Add Items. 
Select Library Search. To find only full text online resources, leave "Include records without full text" unchecked. 

Very important:

  • Library staff will verify all resources are accessible and copyright-compliant.  
  • Always select Library Review. Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation. 

To avoid the rush at the beginning of the semester, please submit your Reading List to the library at least 2 weeks before the due date. The earlier the better!

Add Items: RIS Import

If you use  Endnote, Zotero, or Mendeley, you can import RIS files into Reading Lists. RIS files can also be exported from Library Quick Search or your favorite databases. Imported RIS files create persistent links to library resources and are an efficient way to add multiple readings quickly. 

                                   Search Library Quick Search or your favorite UTSA Libraries database. Save items to session folder. 
  Once you’ve added all  items, export the RIS file. The file will automatically save to your downloads folder. 
Select New Section > Enter a title for section. Select the begin date and end date. To make the readings  visible to your students only during these dates, select that option. Otherwise, the readings will be visible once the course opens.
Select Import and find the RIS file in your downloads folder. 
Click Create > Reading Lists will add the items, creating persistent links for your students.

Add Items: File Upload

If you have course readings saved on a computer, in SharePoint, Dropbox, or any other file storage service, you can add them manually:  

Select Add Items >
                        Upload a File > Drag items to the upload box or browse for files. Reading Lists will scan files and extract citations. At times, Reading Lists may not be able to extract citations, but you can enter manually.

Add Websites: Cite It!


If you have open access readings or websites you’d like to add to course reading lists, use Cite It!, a bookmark you can add to your browser.


                                                                 Once added, click Cite It! to add websites to your Reading Lists. View this file for a list of supported Cite It! Sites. Cite It! automatically saves the title, URL, and other details. Always check for accuracy when using Cite It!.

When you first open the Reading List feature in UTSA Blackboard Learn, the Cite It! window has a link to an explanatory video on installing the bookmarklet. Open the guide to view the video.  

Select Cite It! in the user menu. Drag the Cite It! button to your bookmarks. A list of supported sites displays in the Cite It! pane. Even if a website is not listed, the Cite It! bookmarklet will work as long as the citation information is easily identifiable to the bookmarklet.      

You must be logged in to UTSA Blackboard Learn and Reading Lists to use Cite It!. Cite It! will prompt you to log in if you have not already. 

When viewing a website with a resource that you would like to add to a reading list, select the Cite It! Bookmarklet. The Cite It! pane will appear.

This pane functions exactly like the pane you see in the right sidebar when manually adding a citation. After configuring the fields, either: 

  • Select Add to list, select reading list and section, and select Add & Close to add the resource. 


  • Select Add to Collection and select Add & Close to add the resource as an item in My Collection.