FLO Student Support

Find the link to your Readings list in your FLO topic page. Your Reading list can include a variety of resources and formats, including textbooks, articles, videos and websites. 

eReadings iconExample Reading list: experience the look and feel of a Reading list along with some tips.

Discover some of the great features that can help with your studies.

-       Request (place a hold) a book from the library directly from your Reading list.

-       Keep track of what you have ‘read’ already.  Tick icon

-       ‘Like’ readings that will be helpful in assessments.  Heart icon

-       Make private notes about your readings.

-       Save citations to your ‘Collection’ to keep after the topic ends.

-       Export citations to Endnote (you can save your PDF’s in Endnote).

-       Export citations to Word in a referencing style that suits your needs.

-       Mark links that are broken in the list

-       Use the Cite it! tool to save items to your collection when browsing the web or searching a database.

Click the Readings link in FLO to access your list. A new page will open to your reading list (the first time you do this you may need to allow access for the page to open).

Your Readings list may be set up in sections organised by week, module or subject.

In each section, you will have a list of citations. To access the full text, click 'View online'. 


 Find some tips on how to best access eBooks here

What if it doesn't work?

If you click the link and any of the following (or something completely different) happens, you can mark the link as broken and the library will review and fix the link.

  • You get asked to pay for the article
  • The link goes nowhere
  • You get an error message that the DOI doesn't exist or server error
  • The link takes you to the library search page with a message resource not available, request via document delivery
  • If the link doesn't open directly to the article or book chapter but to the journal or book cover page you may need to navigate to the resource

It is also possible that there are other links available for the resource. Click on the citation to see more details and check if there is a link with (ezproxy.flinders.edu.au), this is the preferred direct link to the resource.

 Some citations on your Reading list will have an e-Resources/EZProxy notification before taking you through to the full text. To processed to full-text access: 'Click here to login'

EZProxy notice


Copyright Materials

Some citations on your Readings list may be scans from a book or journal, these items fall under the provisions in the Educational Statutory license contained within the Copyright Act 1968.

For this type of citations a copyright notice will pop up when you click 'View online' and you will need to click continue before you have access to the PDF.

Once you have access to the full text, you will find the download to PDF option on the top right hand side.

Physical items:

Citations for Textbooks, highly recommended texts or chapters that we are unable to share electronically, will display where it is available in the library. You can place a hold request for the book directly from your Reading list. This works in the same way as other library requests and you will receive an email when the book is available for you to pick up.

Step 1)


Step 2)

Choose pickup location


Mark as Broken

If a link is broken or not directing you to the right resource you can mark the link as broken from inside the readings citation. The library will review and fix the link.

Open the citation up by clicking anywhere on it.

Click anywhere in the citation box

Click the Mark as Broken option on the right to notify the library that the link needs updating.

Mark as broken

The library will receive an alert and links are generally resolved within 24 hours Monday – Friday. You may see an ‘access issue reported’ tag if the library is unable to resolve the issue quickly.


Export citations

The Readings system has an export feature that allows you to export citation information to a .lgn file, Word document, PDF file, Excel spreadsheet, RIS file, or to EndNote.

If you export to Word you will have a choice of different referencing styles, these are:

  • American Medical Association
  • APA (American Psychological Association)
  • American Political Science Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • Chicago (Manual of style 16th edition)
  • Harvard
  • IEEE
  • Modern Humanities Research Association 3rd edition (author-date)
  • MLS (Modern Language Association 7th edition)
  • Nature
  • OSCOLA (Oxford University Standard for citation of Legal Authorities)
  • Turabian (8th edition)
  • Vancouver
  • Expanded Reading List style.

Choose export in the options menu (elipses) for the Readings list or the section you wish to export.

From the drop down menu, select the format you wish to export the citations to, and in the case of a Word document, you will be prompted to choose a referencing style.

Export options

*** Please note: for some citations you may need to clean up the URL information, as this can be quite long depending on how the citation has been added to the list.

How do I find my list?

Your list will appear in your FLO topic page – usually the link will be in the first section of your FLO site – look for the Readings list icon 
Readings icon

The Readings list will then appear in a new page. You may need to allow access for the new page to open.

How do I report a broken link?

If you find a link that does not work, you can report it broken by opening the citation up and clicking the Mark as Broken link. The Library checks links reported as broken on a daily basis.

Mark as Broken


How do I request a book?

If the citation is a print book, you can request a library copy directly from your Readings list. Simply open the citation up and click the Request option.

 Click 'request'

You can then choose your pick up location:

Choose pickup location


You will receive an email alert when the item is available for you to pick it up.


Why can’t I access a reading?

It is possible the Reading is still in process or restricted by copyright.

When a Reading is copyright restricted, a flagged note will display advising when the Reading will become available.

 Reading still in process

If you do not see this flag, the Library is still working on getting access to the resource and it should appear within a few days.


No link is showing up, what can I do?

Refresh the page or try using Chrome or Firefox browsers. If you are using Internet Explorer or Edge, you may not see access links to some resources.

Report the issue to the library if you continue having issues in Chrome or Firefox.

How do I keep my private notes?

When the topic is over, you will lose access to the Readings list for that topic. If you would like to keep citations and private notes attached to those readings, you will need to copy the citation to your collection. Using the options ... you can copy an item to your collection, any private notes you have added will stay attached to the citation.

Keep private notes


Why aren't all my Readings online?

Due to some restrictions in licenses and the Copyright Act we are unable to share some resources online, however we will direct you the print resource for the Reading.

I can’t get past the copyright notice for a reading.

Internet Explorer has some issues with displaying copyright materials, please try another browser such as Chrome or Firefox. If you still have trouble please contact the library.

How do I give feedback?

We would love to hear any feedback on what you think about the new Readings lists, you can send us feedback using the feedback form.


Who can I ask for help?

You can visit a Library branch for help at the information desk or contact us via email or phone.

Email: library@flinders.edu.au

Phone: 1300 354 633 (select 3 for Library)

You can also find some help in Readings, in the 'Useful links' menu under your profile/name in the top right.