So I'm a Physics undergrad about to apply for my master's. I'm currently making my CV and I was listing out the reading projects that I've done and was confused if I should:

List out all the books I used for the project


Link in a website which has the books + all the resources (i.e. lectures and notes) I made for the project

Which is preferable and why?


  • What is a reading project? A project in which I undertake guided reading under a faculty. After reading certain sections we discuss the contents after which I'll be asked to deliver a short talk about it. I may or may not make notes dependent on time constraints.
  • Where am I applying? I'm applying to universities in Germany for an MSc degree in Physics
  • What resources am I trying to list? I'm trying to list the books/papers I used to study it. At the max, it has 4 entries.
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    Maybe an answer to your specific situation could depend on how long that list of resources is.
    – anonymous
    Jan 7, 2021 at 7:51
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    Could you please specify what's a reading project and which country you are applying? If I understand the meaning correctly, I'd consider highly unusual to list such thing in a CV, at least for my country. Jan 7, 2021 at 8:11
  • Thank you! I've made edits, do let me know if there are any more clarifications
    – Pugs
    Jan 7, 2021 at 10:12
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    As a rule of thumb, don't rely on linking to things in a CV/research statement/other document. Inevitably, someone will print it out to read, and the link is then useless. Better just to explain in words where you can. Jan 7, 2021 at 22:20
  • Thanks for the insight! Makes sense
    – Pugs
    Jan 8, 2021 at 9:29

1 Answer 1


If I were looking at your CV in the US I would expect a line for each project, like

  • supervised study of quantum electrodynamics


  • reading project on quantum electrodynamics

I would not expect a list of sources any more than I would expect a list of texts for a course you took.

  • Understood, thank you!
    – Pugs
    Jan 7, 2021 at 14:01

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