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Reading Lists Online - Getting Started: Getting started

Online guide to using the Reading Lists Online service.

What is 'Reading Lists Online'?

Reading Lists Online is an online reading list system recently purchased by Royal Holloway, that uses the Talis Aspire web-hosted software.

Reading Lists Online provides students with quick and easy access to books, ebooks, journal articles, videos, sound files, images and websites recommended for the modules they have registered for.

How does it work?

Essentially you build up a list of “bookmarks” for the readings & resource items you want to recommend to your students, then you drag and drop the references into the appropriate reading list and arrange them however you want: by week, by topic, as a bibliography. The structure of a reading list is very flexible and can easly be updated and changed at any time.

Download the complete guide

Down load the complete guide to using the Reading Lists Online system, or click on the links on the other sections of this guide to download a PDF guide for the section you need help with.

Getting Started: Adding a Bookmark

Before you can start adding your references to Reading Lists Online, you need to install a bookmarklet tool on your browser.  The instructions vary depending on the internet browser you want to use.  You only have to install the bookmarklet tool once on your PC or your laptop.

Click on 'My Bookmarks' and then the 'Bookmark Installation Tutorial' link at the top right hand of the screen.  This will give you instructions for adding the bookmarlet button to your browser.  Usually, this is simply a matter of 'drag and drop' into your browser bookmarks bar.

NB - within the context of the Reading Lists Online system, 'bookmark' refers to an individual reading or resource that you select to add to your reading lists. Not to be confused with you browser's 'bookmarks' of your favourite webpages.

Here are the step by step instructions you need to follow to add the bookmarklet to Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

Rename the Bookmarklet

You may want to rename the boomarklet tool. The default name is 'Add to My Bookmarks'. To rename the bookmarklet, simply right-click and select Properties. In the Name field, change the name e.g. Bookmark to Readings or to ReadingLists, etc.

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Getting Help

If you cannot login to Reading Lists Online or you want help or advice on creating your reading lists in Reading Lists Online, please contact your Information Consultant or email

System Developments

The Talis Aspire support site has lots of useful information from Talis and user contributed video's and FAQs etc. Some of these will be used within this guide, but the Talis support site is useful if you want to find out more.