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eReadings request form

eReadings request form

Services provided

eReadings provides online access to high demand course reading materials such as book chapters and journal articles not available from our electronic resources. Access is available for CDU staff and students.

eReadings checklist

What can be added to eReadings?

Items that can be placed on eReadings include:

  • print book chapters
  • journal articles not available to link to from our electronic resources

NB: Only one chapter of a specific book can be made available each semester. If you wish to use a chapter of a book that another lecturer has up already please negotiate with that lecturer or contact your Liaison Librarian to get assistance in obtaining alternative sources.

NB: Fulltext articles available in any of the library databases can be directly linked to in Learnline. They do NOT have to be placed in eReadings. For instructions on how to add links to fulltext articles, eBooks and external websites click here or contact your Liaison Librarian to show you how.

Confirm the item is not already in eReadings.

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You can add your name and unit code to existing readings on eReadings by emailing

Does the Library have a copy?

Check Library Search to see if the book or journal is held by CDU Library in print or as an eBook and supply the item Call Number on the form if possible.

Where materials are not held by CDU Library:

  • chapters from texts owned by the lecturer may be placed on eReadings. Otherwise the Library will locate a copy via Interlibrary Loan
  • Copies of journal articles provided by the lecturer can only be placed on eReadings if copyright can be verified. Otherwise the article will need to be requested via Interlibrary Loan. It is recommended that fulltext availability be checked for first.


Time needed for processing

In general it will take 3-5 working days to process your request. Factors which may delay turnaround time can include:

  • difficulty sourcing items
  • quality of items provided. Where possible please provide the original item for scanning by the digitisation team
  • submission at busy times (start of semester)
  • breach of Copyright law

Requests should be placed well in advance to allow time for processing. At busy times of the year your request could take up to 10-15 working days. Requests will be processed in the order that they are received.

Linking to eReadings

The Library will provide you with links to the eReadings items which can be added to your course or unit in Learnline.

Linking to journal articles, eBooks & websites in Learnline

Fulltext materials (eg journal articles, legal cases, legislation, standards) available in any of the library databases can be linked directly to in Learnline. They do NOT have to be placed on eReadings.

To create your own links view the how to instructions and use the EZproxy Link Generator to enable off campus access for external students.

How to create links

EZproxy Link Generator

For advice on how to link Learnline to journal articles, eBooks and websites contact your Liaison Librarian.


eReadings is bound to comply with Copyright Legislation. The Educational License provisions within the Copyright Act 1968 and consequent amendments allows for the following:

  • 10% of the number of pages or one chapter of a book
  • one article from a journal or more than one article from any one issue of a journal if they relate to the same unit of subject matter.

For additional Copyright information regarding teaching, learning and research queries please check Copyright@CDU.


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