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Reading Lists Online - Getting Started

Online guide to using the Reading Lists Online service.

How to bookmark an article

The best place to bookmark journal articles from is LibrarySearch, but for articles where direct full text access is not available, you may wish to bookmark direct from databases such as JSTOR, ScienceDirect, Business Source Complete, Web of Science or GoogleScholar.

Bookmarking a journal article from LibrarySearch

1. Log on to Reading Lists Online using your Royal Holloway username and password.

2. Open web browser window and navigate to librarysearch.rhul.ac.uk.

3. Type the title of the article and the surname of one of the authors into the search bar and hit enter on your keyboard, or click the orange ‘Search’ button to the right.

4. Click on the title of the article

5. Click on the "add to bookmark" button in your favourites

6. Review the information that has been pulled into the fields on the left-hand pane as this is the meta-data that will make up your bookmark. If anything needs changing, you can type into the boxes or delete as necessary.

7. When you’re happy that all the information is correct, click on the ‘Create’ button.

How bookmark an article from a database

1. Familiarise yourself with the instructions above.

2. Open a web browser window and navigate to the article you would like to bookmark in the database that you want to use (e.g. JSTOR, ScienceDirect, Web of Science etc.). 

3. Click on the bookmarklet tool in your favourites bar.

4. You will then be presented with a split-screen, which displays the database record on the right-hand side, and the data pulled from the page on the left.

5. Review the information that has been pulled into the fields on the left-hand pane as this is the meta-data that will make up your bookmark. If anything needs changing, you can type into the boxes or delete as necessary.

NB - for journal articles a split record should be created and you’ll be able to use the tabs at the top of the record to switch between the journal level information and the article level information. If a split level record has not been created, you may need to set the record up manually (see the full Reading Lists Online pdf link on the Getting Started section of this guide).

6. When you’re happy that all the information is correct, click on the ‘Create’ button.

The bookmark is then stored under your profile in the reading list system and you will be returned to the page you bookmarked from so you can continue to look items up and bookmark them.

How to Bookmark an article using Google Scholar

Go to scholar.google.co.uk and search for the article you are looking for. If we have an electronic subscription, there should be a Find It @ RHUL link.

Follow the instructions for bookmarking an article above.

See the boxes on the right for trouble-shooting Google Scholar issues.

Article link checking

If the Find It @ RHUL (OpenURL) link does not give you a working link to the full-text article you can check your bookmark for some basic problems. The Find It @ RHUL link will only be successful if certain bits of information are included in the bookmark and are correct.

Check your bookmark contains the following information

ISSN

Date (including at least YEAR and optionally MONTH)

Volume

Issue

Number (if applicable)

Page Start (SPAGE)

Missing information such as Date and ISSN means the OpenURL link will not work.

Check your bookmark for extraneous data

Another cause of problems is bad data in your bookmark. E.g. the Volume and Issue fields should be numeric only.

Good bookmark

Volume:   123

Issue:  4

Bad bookmark

Volume: Vol. 123

Issue: No. 4

If you see this, strip out the extra text ("vol." and "no.") and try the Find It @ RHUL link again.

Still having problems?

If you have checked all the details above and the link still doesn't work, click on the 'library@rhul.ac.uk' link or email us and we will look into the problem. Please include the module code for the reading list as this will help us fix the problem.