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Unit Readings FAQs: Your reading list

Unit Readings is UWA's system for sharing reading lists with students

Your unit's reading list

Get started with Unit Readings

There's three easy steps to get started

  1. Log in to Unit Readings and find your list
  2. Add items and tags
  3. Press Send List

See this short video below, or the Quick Start Guide for an introduction to Unit Readings, and then find detailed instructions to complete your list here in the FAQs.

If you have any questions about Unit Readings, please contact the Library.

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Find the previous list for my unit

Log In to Unit Readings.

'Lists' can be found under the icon in the top left hand corner.

Find lists



Click on LISTS to find the lists you can access or by searching FIND LISTS if you know the Unit Code.

If you were not the Unit Coordinator last time the unit ran, contact a Librarian for access to any existing list for your unit. UWA staff can contact Librarians for support at

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Create a new reading list

Log in to Unit Readings with your Pheme details.

Click the New List button on the right hand side.

Name your list with the Unit code and unit name.


Select a Weekly template layout for the list, with a list Section for each teaching week, or select Blank to create custom Sections in your list to organise your readings to suit your teaching (See the FAQ on Sections).

Unit Readings options Select a Template. Blank (custom) or Weekly layout


Then, link/associate your new list to the correct LMS unit.

  1. Click the '...' menu to the right of the list name.
  2. Click Manage Unit Association from the menu.​
  3. Search for and select the current unit you would like to associate - ensure to select the correct teaching period
  4. Click Associate and close.

You can now add items into sections within the reading list and Send the list to the Library once complete for processing.

Please note, there may be an existing list for your unit. If the readings you would like to use are similar to when the unit has run previously, save time by reusing the existing list. Contact UWA Librarians request access to any existing lists.

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When should I prepare my reading list?

Please allow up to four weeks for Library processing in the lead up to Semester. Lists sent to the Library after this timeframe may not be completed before the start of Semester.

Most items require time for the Library to process them and ensure the item is available. Processing times vary according to factors such as the type of resource requested, whether the Library currently owns or has access to the item, or whether the item is out on loan and needs to be recalled. Processing times can be longer if items need to be purchased or obtained through our requesting service Get It

To ensure your Week 1 and 2 readings are processed in time for the start of semester, it is recommended to arrange your list into weekly sections. If you populate the first few weeks of your list and "SEND" to library, we can start processing items ready for start of semester. Then when you have further readings for later weeks in the semester, add those additional readings and "SEND" list again to library for processing.

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Why should I prepare my reading list?

Unit Coordinators must notify the Library of essential textbooks via Unit Readings.

All reading material must be added to Unit Readings, not directly uploaded to the LMS. Access to published material – such as book chapters and journal articles – needs to be mediated by the Library to ensure copyright compliance across the University. Only upload files directly to the LMS if:

  • you own the copyright in the material
  • the material is openly licensed (more information can be found in the 'Free to use resources' section on the main Copyright page)
  • the material is out of copyright or copyright-free

All third-party material used in your unit, including text extracts, videos, images and website content, must be attributed so students can clearly see the source of the material.

More detailed copyright information is available on the Copyright and Teaching web page.

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