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Reading Lists: Adding items to your reading list

How to add items to your reading list

Before you can start adding your references to Reading Lists Online, you need to install a bookmarklet tool on your browser OR an extension to your browser. Help on how to do this can be found on the adding the bookmarklet tool or extension page 

Adding items to your reading list

It is very important that when you are adding items to your reading list you check the information included in that item's bookmark. During the bookmarking/adding an item to your list process, Talis Aspire will bring across the relevant metadata relating to the item you are adding e.g. title, author, date of publication, ISBN, journal title, journal article etc.

The library relies on this metadata to be accurate for our automatic ordering process. If there is information missing then it makes it a lot harder for us to check our library holdings and obtain the item if needed, accurate information means we can get titles ordered and available in the library quicker.

It is vital that each resource has a level of importance assigned to it so students are clear on the priorities for reading. The library is also reliant on this and use the importance levels to make informed purchasing decisions and ensure there are enough copies of the key texts. It is possible to edit the level of importance assigned to each item.

Each item has a drop down menu where you can select the importance. To find out more about the levels of importance and see our page on importances.

A screenshot of the reading list system showing the importance drop down next to each item. A user can select essential, recommended or further

To create a new section first log in to Talis Aspire. Once you have found your reading list you will notice a purple bar that follows your cursor as you move up and down the list. 

To add a section move your cursor to the desired area on your list where you want the section to appear and then click "Add Section".

You will then be able to name the section whatever you want. Press save when you have done this.

Hover your cursor where you want the section to appear and press add section in the purple bar

The guide below details how to add books and ebooks to your reading list. It is also available in a PDF format.

The guide below details how to add book chapters to your reading list. It is also available in a PDF format.

The guide below details how to add journal articles to your reading list. It is also available in a PDF format.

Most of the play texts that are available via Drama Online can be found via library search and can be added to your reading list just as you would a book/ebook. However sometimes when adding the resource it picks up the play and names it an Article in the resource type field. Just change this to Book to avoid confusion and then press save. 

You can add play performances directly from Drama Online. Navigate to the database and select the performance you want to watch. When you have found it use the bookmarklet tool/web extension to save the resource to your reading list. Sometimes it will pick up the performance as a Webpage in the resource type field, change this to Audio-Visual Document to avoid confusion.

It is possible to add reliable web resources directly to your reading list. To do this just navigate to the webpage and then use the bookmarklet tool/web extension to save the resource to your list.

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