Add readings manually

You can add readings by entering the citation data into a form. 

1. Select the ADD menu button, and choose one of the five New reading options:


2. Select the appropriate reading type; hovering your cursor over the different types will show you the different kinds of readings which belong to each type.

  • Journal readings include journal articles, newspaper articles (including online news articles), magazine articles, blog posts, law reports and legislation.
  • Book readings include whole books, book chapters and excerpts, conference papers, reports, standards, manuscripts, musical scores and other text documents.
  • Sound readings can be used for any audio content, including recorded music, radio broadcasts and podcasts.
  • Visual readings include videos, images and maps.
  • Website readings can be used for online sites that do not fit into one of the other four categories. If your reading is contained in a PDF, it is almost certainly a Journal or Book reading, not a Website reading.

3. Enter the citation data into the form. The minimum data you are required to enter is indicated by red asterisks (*). As a rule, you should enter the same data you would use to cite the reading in a reference list.

a. On the left, the Source Document pane should contain information about the source of the reading. This may be a book, an issue of a journal, a TV or radio show or a website.

Enter authors in the format Surname, Given Name(s), Surname, Given Name(s), etc., with a comma and space between each entry. 

If the author is not a person, select the Organisation button:

b. On the right, the Reading pane should contain information about your reading, such as a book chapter, a journal article, a TV episode or a webpage. In some cases, your reading will be an entire resource (e.g. a whole book, a report or a movie); in such cases, both the left and right panels will refer to that whole resource.

Use the Genre drop-down to indicate the specific type of reading. Most online videos (e.g. YouTube videos) will use the Motion Picture genre, unless they were originally broadcast on television, in which case they'll use the Broadcast genre.

Use the Kind buttons to indicate if you have a link to or file of the reading:

    • Select File if you have the reading in a file (e.g. a PDF); upload the file using Select a file.
    • Select Link if you have the URL to the reading from a Library resource or the open web; enter that URL into the field which appears. When a link is provided, the reading will usually be auto-approved and immediately available to students if the reading list is currently active.
    • Select Locate if you're unsure of the correct link or don't have a file; Library staff will source the reading for you.


If your reading has pages, select Paginated and enter the page numbers into the field which appears.


c. In the Details pane (above the Reading pane), choose whether the reading is required or recommended for your students. Enter any notes you'd like to provide to either Library staff or your students.

(SPECIAL NOTE: Entering any content in the Notes for library field will prevent your reading request from being auto-approved.)

4. Select Submit to finalise your request.


Instruction video

Watch the video below for a full demonstration of the process:


1. Can I have a reading scanned?

Follow the instructions above to enter the reading citation data and make sure to choose Locate for the Kind field. Please note:

  • Do not add any link in the Kind field; choose Locate instead. The request will be automatically approved if a link is added, and as a result the request will not be received by Library staff.
  • If you have any special instructions for the Library, please indicate this in the Notes for library field when submitting the request.

2. When adding a reading, will eReserve tell me if it’s already in the system?

Yes. If eReserve detects a possible duplicate, it will show you the existing reading and ask if you want to use it. To use the existing reading, click the 'tick' icon next to the reading.


3. What happens when citation data is missing?

If you try to submit a reading with citation data missing from any required fields, you’ll be prompted to enter the missing information before proceeding.

4. Can I add links to online streaming videos (such as YouTube)?

Yes. Select New visual reading, then select Motion Picture from the Genre dropdown list. If the video is an episode of a program, select Broadcast as the Genre instead.

5. Do I need to provide a word count when submitting book chapters?

Only if the chapter is not paginated (i.e. formatted as pages, with or without page numbers). For example, if the chapter is contained on a single webpage, then provide a word count rather than page numbers.

6. How are reports classified within eReserve?

In eReserve, reports are a subset of books. So if you’re adding a report as a new reading, select New book reading, then select Report from the Genre dropdown list.

7. Can I add PDFs I've saved on my computer?

Yes. Library staff will check the copyright status of the PDF before making it available in eReserve. eReserve will flag any possible citation data or copyright issues for Library staff to review before approving the reading file for use within eReserve. If we have online access to the resource (such as via a Library database), Library staff will replace the PDF with a link to the resource.

8. How can I find the best link to my reading?

Access the reading via the Library Catalogue, if it can be found. Copy the permalink "Bookmark" from the Catalogue record under the Sent to section (as shown below).

(SPECIAL NOTE: It is not recommended to use the Catalogue record link for items that are only available in physical format. In this case, please choose Locate for the Kind field, and Library staff will review the request and provide appropriate access to the resource.)


If the resource is Open Access or freely available online:

If the reading is an open access resource that can be freely accessed online, the best option is to copy the URL of the resource displayed in your browser's address bar. 

If you cannot locate the Library Catalogue Record:

Occasionally, a resource will be available to UniSA staff and students but may be difficult to locate via a Library Catalogue search. In these cases, you can use the Link Resolver tool create a secure permalink.  There are two ways you can do this:

Library Citation Search

  1. Start at the Library’s Citation search page, and search for the resource. (You can just enter a single unique element, such as the DOI).
  2. Your search will create and open a ‘Link Resolver’ record.
  3. Under the ‘Send to’ heading, select Bookmark (as shown above) then copy the link that appears; use this bookmark for your reading request.

Google Scholar Search

  1. Start at the Library’s Google Scholar page, and search for the resource.
  2. Once you find the required resource where a ‘Fulltext at UniSA’ link is included, select that link. This will create and open a ‘Link Resolver’ record.
  3. Under the ‘Send to’ heading, select Bookmark (as shown above) then copy the link that appears; use this bookmark for your reading request.

If you are unsure which link to use, or if your reading request isn't urgent, choose Locate for the Kind field. Library staff will review your request and add the best link.

9. Can I submit files created by course coordinators (e.g. PowerPoint slides)? If so, will the content of such files be checked by Library staff?

Yes. Library staff will review such files for third-party content, as part of the copyright compliance workflow.

10. Does adding a reading in eReserve add it to the Library Catalogue?


11. How do I submit a reading request for a standard?

Please Note: before using TechStreet standards, it is necessary to sign up for an individual account. Please include a short note in the “Note for Students” section of your reading request, advising students of this requirement.  Instructions and links for how to create an account can be found on the Library Catalogue record for Techstreet.

  1. Submit your reading request via Add > New book reading 
  2. From the Communication Kind drop-down menu, select Permitted under Library Database license
  3. In the Notes for students field, enter the following: Access to Techstreet standards requires an individual account. For more information, see
  4. Enter the standard title in both the Book title and Reading title fields.
  5. From the Genre drop-down menu, select Document.
  6. Enter the author/publisher (e.g. Standards Australia) in both the Publisher and Author fields, remembering to also select Organisation (rather than People) above the Author field.
  7. Enter the standard number in the Edition field.
  8. Enter all other required citation information in the relevant fields.

For example:

12. How do I submit a reading request for a Law Case?

eReserve has guidelines specific to adding legal material as a reading.

Begin your reading request by selecting Add > New Journal Reading, and from the Genre drop-down menu, select Legal Case.

Enter the case citation data using the following guidelines:

  • Journal Title: the full name of the case report series (e.g. Commonwealth Law Reports or Supreme Court of South Australia)
  • Organisation: Leave blank
  • Volume:  Only fill this field in if the case has series numbers. This is indicated when the citation has round brackets around the year rather than square brackets.
  • Year published: Year of the case
  • Short Title:  The abbreviated version of the case report series (e.g. CLR or SASC)
  • Number:  Fill in only if there was more than one issue of the case series produced in that year. This is indicated by the number following the date in square brackets in the citation.
  • Reading Title:  The full title of the case
  • Authors:  Leave blank
  • Pages:  Number of the first page of the case report (usually listed as the last number in the case citation)
  • Section: (optional) Can be used for pinpoint referencing a particular line/paragraph/section of the case.

For example:

13. How do I submit a request for a blog post reading?

eReserve doesn't have an option for blog post readings. To ensure a properly-formatted citation, therefore, submit your requests as newspaper articles: the resultant citation is close to that required for blog posts. Please use the following guidelines when submitting a request for a blog post reading.

  1. Begin your reading request by selecting Add > New Journal Reading.
  2. Enter the blog post citation information as follows:
    • Journal Title: The name of the blog.
    • Organisation: The name of the organisation, company or website which publishes the blog; in some cases, this may be the same as the name of the blog itself.
    • Volume: Leave this field blank.
    • Year published: The year in which the specific blog post was posted online.
    • Reading Title: The title of the specific blog post.
    • Genre: From the drop-down menu, select Newspaper Article.
    • Author: Select People and enter the name of the person who wrote the blog post. If no name is provided, select Organisation and enter the same name you put in the Organisation field.
    • Kind: Select Link, and enter the link to the blog post.
    • Pages: Select Not Paginated. In the field that appears below, enter the word count for the blog post.
    • Article date: Enter the date that the specific blog post was posted online.

   For example:

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