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Reading Lists: Adding items to your reading list

Step One - Install Talis Aspire bookmark Extension

Before you can start adding your references to your reading list you will need to install a bookmark extension to your browser. Help on how to do this can be found on the adding the bookmarking extension page. 

You will use the bookmark extension to save details of resources that you want to add to your list. You can use this extension to save resources from LibrarySearch and other library databases, but also from the web as well. Once you have used the extension to save the resources you can then add them to your reading list.

Step Two - Saving items using the Talis Aspire bookmark extension

Music scores can be added in a similar way to other resources, however when bringing the information across Talis Aspire might list the music score as a book rather than a score.

In the resource type drop down this can be changed to score to make it clearer for your students.

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 web extension to save the resource to your list.

Step Three - Adding saved bookmarks to your Talis Aspire Reading List

Good practice for adding items

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. resource type, 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 importance levels.

Screenshot of setting importance levels

Creating sections can help break up your reading list and provide guidance to students. You can create sections to mimic your Moodle course e.g. week by week, topic by topic.

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