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Using Leganto: For Staff: Best Practice

Naming your List

We recommend naming your reading list consistently with the name of the subject according to Charles Sturt's Subject Handbook. This will mean that the list is clearly titled and consistent for the students.

For example: 

  • Single subjects = 'subject code - description'.
    i.e. EEB427 - Leading Early Childhood.
  • Paired subjects with the same subject description = 'subject code/subject code - description'.
    i.e. ASC413/ASC513 - Equine Disease Prevention.

If the descriptions of paired subjects differ, use the naming convention above to determine a reasonable alternative list title.

Textbooks: prescribed, recommended and/or highly recommended

Does your subject have a prescribed, recommended or highly recommended textbook? If a prescribed text section does not already exist at the top of your reading list, create a 'New Section' for the subject textbooks at the top of the reading list so that students can easily locate them. Use Primo Search to locate each resource and add it to the section. See, Use Primo Search.

You can also Use Cite It! to add the Library's eBook Etiquette video to your reading list to help students use e-textbooks.

eBook Etiquette

Our eBook collection provides free access to textbooks for your students. By adding the e-textbook to your Readings and Resources list, students can refer to it throughout session and you can gather some data about the students' usage of the resource.  

To ensure students know how to get the most out of their e-textbook for their studies, add the following text as a public note to eBook or eBook chapters throughout a list. 

This eBook may have limited concurrent user access. See our eBook Etiquette video for more information:

Students can also be referred to the Library's eBooks guide and the Using eBooks Online Library Workshop (live sessions and recordings available) for additional support. 

APA 7th Referencing Display

While the details of each reading can be customised in Leganto to better reflect academic referencing standards, the citations in Leganto will not necessarily adhere to APA format or style.

Students can be referred to Referencing at Charles Sturt for guidance on how to reference or to the Academic Skills Team for more comprehensive or specialised referencing advice. 

Collaborating in Leganto

Add all teaching and support staff as managing collaborators of the reading list. This might include academic staff teaching other cohorts, or teaching/learning support staff. Managing collaborators will be able to add, edit and delete resources as required; and will aid the process of reusing the reading list in future sessions. See, Add collaborators & Reuse an existing list.

Research Skills Guides

If your subject has a Research Skills Guide, use the Cite It! option to add it to the reading list. You might also like to add the Library Resource Guide/s relevant to the subject. See the Library's collection of guides and the Use Cite It! instructions.


One of the benefits of using Leganto, is that reading lists can be reused each session, so they only need to be created once.

Do not delete the list at the end of session. This will delete the list for all users and cannot be restored by Library staff. The eReserve team regularly archives lists that are no longer being used. If the Library archives a list, it can often be restored if required.

If you no longer need to be a collaborator of a list, use the Manage collaborators option to remove yourself from the list.

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