Linking to readings

Previously reading lists were compiled in Moodle, using Moodle pages or a template file that was uploaded into Moodle. We’ve retained these instructions for people who are still preparing reading lists in this way. However we would recommend that you consider migrating to the Reading Lists @ LSE service as it is far easier to link to readings from this system.


There are various types of resource you can link to:




You must only link to e-journal articles – if you download them and then upload them to Moodle, you are breaking copyright law!


For full instructions on creating links to online readings, see Linking to e-journal articles.


E-Pack items (scanned readings)


The Library’s e-pack service can scan and put online articles and book chapters that are not otherwise available. See the Library’s Electronic course pack services page for details.


If you already have an e-pack, the addresses of the individual readings will be sent to you (or to the course lecturer) by email. These can be used to create links in your reading list.




The easiest way to find electronic books is via the Library catalogue. E-books are indicated in your search results by “Located: Networked E-Book”. Underneath that you’ll see a link “Electronic resource. Click here to access.”


The simplest way to add an e-book to your reading list is to link directly to the e-book. If you really want to link to the e-book directly, you can copy the link from the catalogue. Right-click on the link and choose “Copy shortcut” (or the equivalent for your browser) to copy the address. You can then use this address to create the link in your reading list.


Do not follow the link and copy the address directly from the browser. This will give you a different address that may not be stable in the long term.


Library Catalogue entries


If a book is not available online, you may wish to add a link to its Library catalogue record. To get the link:



    • Click through to view the record of the book you want


    • Click the “Actions” on the right: and choose “Permalink”.


Other web resources


In addition you can of course link to any other resources that are freely available on the web, such as online newspapers and the BBC, open access repositories such as LSE Research Online and government reports.