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This page contains videos and supporting documentation for using Course Reserves as an Instructor.  For questions, please contact library staff at or check out our quick start guides below or our FAQ webpage.

Acquaint yourself with the basics of creating and submitting your Course Reserves reading list via Canvas. The following quick guides explain how to begin a new list from scratch or “re-use” a list from a previous term of class.

Creating and Submitting Your Course Reserves Reading List [.pdf]

This guide contains everything you should need to begin your reading list and associate it with your course, create reading list sections, and add citations. It also explains how to tag citations to request extended loan periods, indicate if you’ll be supplying personal copies and how you’d like the library to deal with them at the end of the term, as well as how to add individuals so that they can create or manage this reading list for you.

Re-Using a Pre-existing Course Reserves Reading List [.pdf]

This guide explains best practices and steps for exporting a previous list or sections of a previous list and then importing that information into a reading list for a different course within Canvas. It doesn’t contain information regarding tags, creating new reading list sections, etc. since that information is included in the other quick start guide as well as other locations online.

View our FAQs for quick tips for using the Course Reserves system.

For those who prefer, the following instructional videos are available. It’s important to note that the majority of the videos are provided by ExLibris, the vendor which produces the Course Reserves plug-in and are not customized specifically to the UC Davis Canvas interface. In those cases where it was necessary to customize these videos, library staff have done so. This video series is designed to allow users to watch as many or as few videos as needed.

Please note: While videos are reviewed periodically, the vendor issues monthly upgrades to the Course Reserves system. Therefore, some videos may not reflect current release updates. Please notify library staff at if you believe a video should be reviewed for content; please be certain to include the video number or name.

View our FAQs for quick tips for using the Course Reserves system.

VideoSupporting Documentation
Video 1/2: Create a Reading List02 Log In and Create a Reading List
Video 3: Add Citations via Search03 Search Scopes
Video 4: Add Citations via Upload
Video 5: Add Citations from the Web via the Cite it! Widget05 Add Citations from the Web via Cite It
05 Using Cite It with Edge
Video 6: Add Citations via RIS File Import
Video 7: Add Citations via EndNote
Video 8: Viewing and Editing Reading List Citations08 Viewing and Editing Reading List Citations
Video 9: Send a Reading List to the Library for Processing
Video 10: Publish a Reading List for Students10 Publish Reading List for Students
Video 11: Manage Reading List Collaborators
Video 12: Student Interaction in a Reading List12 Accessibility Options
Video 13: Notifications
Video 14: Create Additional Reading Lists14 LGN (Leganto) Files