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Step 3 – Add Items and Assign Tags

Once you have created  sections on your reading list, you can start adding items. In order to do this, click on the ADD ITEMS button [1.]

A window will pop up on the right, and you will see the options to search for items via the WU library catalog and to add them manually [2.].

Please try to add items via the WU Catalog first, as they will be automatically linked to the library's holdings and your students will get the correct shelfmark for physical books and the right link for electronic resources. If the resource is not available in the catalog, you can add it manually and also make a purchase request. You will see how this works in the following subsections.

Search via the WU catalog or add manually?

  • Book or article ► Search via WU catalog
  • Book or article not available in WU catalog ► add manually
  • Web pages, videos, audios, and scripts ► add manually

To add items via the WU catalog, click Search in WU Catalog, and select WU Library Catalog + Articles from the drop-down menu of the field Search in [A.1.].Then, enter author and title of the resource in the search bar [A.2.]. Finally, click on the magnifying glass to the right.

Now read!t shows you the result of your search [A.3.]. Now select the right item by clicking on it. Make sure to select the most recent edition.

Then another field opens below it. Here you can add the selected item to a section on your read!it list. After you have selected the section [B.1.], click on ADD [B.2.].


Once you have added your resource to the appropriate section, another window will pop up asking you to assign tags to your resources. You can choose between Mandatory and Additional [C.1.]. Tagging is mandatory and you must choose one of the tags. Finally, click on CONFIRM [C.2].

Assigning tags to the items on your reading list is important for the students. This way they know which readings are mandatory and which additional. Furthermore, the library learns which items are particularly important and must be available in sufficient number.

If you want to provide additional information to your students, you can also write public notes. You can find instructions on how to do this here.


After you have added a specific edition of an item to your read!t list, it's possible to add other available editions of the same item to your read!t list.

As an example, we are using the book "Macroeconomics" by Blanchard in the eight edition, published by Pearson in 2021.

After you have added the item to the reading list, click on it to view the item in full size. On the right-hand side, you will see the section labeled Other Formats & Editions [D.1.]. Open the drop-down menu by clicking on the arrow. This will reveal the field Other Editions [D.2.], which you can open again to access another drop-down menu. There, you will find the various editions and formats of the item, which are available via the WU Library.

Scroll down until you find an edition which should also be available to your students. In our example, we chose the edition of the book from the year 2017 [E.1.]. Then, click on ADD TO LIST [E.2.].

You will now be asked to tag the item [F.1.]. After you have chosen a tag, CONFIRM [F.2.] your selection.

The edition that you have added in this manner will now appear in the same section of your read!t list as the original title.

To add an item manually, click ADD ITEMS as described above. The field create manually appears on the right, which you now click.


Another window will open in the same place, where you can enter information about your item:

The fields Title [G.1.] and Type [G.2.] are marked with a red asterisk and must be filled in. If you click on the arrow to the right of the field Type, a drop-down menu will appear from which you can select the type of resource, such as web page, audio, script, or book [G.2.]. Then select again the section [G.3.] to which you want to assign the resource and click ADD [G.4.].

If a book is not in the catalog, you can enter its data as just described and then deposit a purchase request: After clicking ADD.

 A new pop-up window will open where you can indicate whether you want to have the book purchased and in what form [H.1.]. To do this, please tick the appropriate box and enter under Contact [H.2.] the email address of a person who can answer questions about the content. Again, do not forget to tag the resource as mandatory or additional [H.3.]. Based on this information, a decision will be made how many items of the book will be purchased for your students. Finally, click CONFIRM [H.4.].

Once the book is in the library collection, information on shelfmark and availability will automatically be updated on your read!t list.


If you want to add a website, video, or podcast, follow the same procedure: Click ADD ITEM and then click Create Manually on the right. Enter the title [I.1.] and select the correct type [I.2] from the drop-down menu, such as the category "Website". Below this, an additional field appears where you can add the URL [I.3.], i.e. the web address.

In the bottom part of the window you now have to select the section [I.4.] to which you want to add your resource and click ADD [I.5.].

Finally, a pop-up window appears asking you to tag the resource as mandatory or additional [J.1.]. Please CONFIRM your choice [J.2.]

Proceed in the same way with other resources that are not included in the catalog.

✅ Create sections

✅ Add items

✅ Assign tags

❐ Publish list