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Online Reading Lists: a guide for Academic Staff

A NEW guide for the updated Online Reading Lists support for academic staff.

The Action Bar

The Action Bar appears on your online reading list wherever you move your cursor, and it indicates where you are able to add content:

  • Add Resource - use this to add a recommended reading or viewing from your 'My Bookmarks' section
  • Add Paragraph - use this to add a text box into your reading list
  • Add Section - sections can be used to group resources by topic or weekly reading. For more information, please see section 4 of this guide: Organising your list.

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Adding recommended resources to your online Reading List

There are two ways to add books to your online reading list:

  • collecting information using the Bookmark Button
  • using the Quick Add search in your online reading list
Using the Bookmark Button

1. Ensure that the Bookmark Button is added to your web browser

For more help, please look visit the page 'Adding the Bookmark Button to your web browser'.

2. Find the book that you want to recommend

We recommend that you use the Library's Enterprise search to find books, and ebooks, as this will automatically link Library availability information to your online reading list.


If the book that you want to recommend is not yet in the Library, you can use the Bookmark Button to save information from Amazon, Google Books and publisher's websites. When the Library checks and Reviews your list, we will purchase items which are not yet in stock, and let you know if there are any queries.

3. Use the Bookmark Button to save information about the article to 'My Bookmarks'

Click the Bookmark Button in your web browser. This should display an online Reading Lists screen including details of the book. Click 'Create' to save this information to your 'My Bookmarks' area.

4. Add saved information from 'My Bookmarks' to your online reading list

In your online reading list, use the Action Bar to navigate to the section of the list where you'd like the book to appear. Click 'Add Resource' and either select the book from your recent bookmarks, or use the search box to find a bookmarked item.

5. Add an Importance

Select Essential, Recommended or Further reading from the dropdown list next to your newly-added resource. This will help the Library to purchase enough copies of the book.

Adding a book to an online reading list – Bookmark button (screencast)
Using the Quick Add search

1. In your online Reading List, use the Action Bar to click 'Add Resource'.

In your online reading list, use the Action Bar to navigate to the section of the list where you'd like the book to appear. Click 'Add Resource'

2. Search for the book in the 'Add Resource' pop-up

Type the title of the book in the search box.

This uses Nielsen Book Data to find books by title

3. Select the book you want to add

Click the title of the book to expand the information displayed and show details of published editions, as well as their Library availability.

4. Click the plus button to add to your list

This will add the book to your online Reading List and to your 'My Bookmarks' area. You can add items which are not currently in stock in the Library, and the Library will endeavour to purchase new items as part of the Review process.

5. Add an Importance

Select Essential, Recommended or Further reading from the dropdown list next to your newly-added resource. This will help the Library to purchase enough copies of the book.

Adding a book to an online reading list - Quick Add (screencast)

1. Add the book to your online reading list.

If you are not sure how to do this, please click the 'Books' tab to the right for more information.

2. Add a student note to nominate a chapter.
Click on the 'item menu' on the right hand side of the list, and choose 'Note for Students'. You can now type chapter information into the box which appears under the title of the book. Click 'Save' to save your note.

3. Add an importance - is this essential, recommended, or further reading?

If a book chapter is essential or recommended reading, the Library will purchase an ebook copy of the whole book, or create a copyright-cleared scan during the Review process. You can also request a digitisation of a chapter yourself.

Requesting a digitisation of a chapter

When you have added a resource to your online reading list, you can use the 'Request Digitisation' button in the item menu on the right of the screen. Complete the form with details of the chapter/article you would like to request. Your Academic Liaison Librarian will contact you if there are any queries. Once the scan has been created, it will be available through the online reading list.

 

For more information on copyright-cleared chapters and the Scanning Service, please use the link below.

1. Ensure that the Bookmark Button is installed

For more help, please look visit the page 'Adding the Bookmark Button to your web browser'.

2. Find the journal article that you want to recommend

We recommend that you use the Library's Summon search to find journal articles, as this will ensure that reading list links direct students to the correct journal platform.

If the article that you want to recommend is not available from the Library, you can use the Bookmark Button to save information from other sources such as publisher's websites. When the Library checks and Reviews your list, we look to obtain a copyright-cleared copy and let you know if there are any queries.

3. Use the Bookmark Button to save information about the article to 'My Bookmarks'

Click the Bookmark Button in your web browser. This should display an online Reading Lists screen including details of the article. Check that the 'Online Resource' box is checked, to ensure that the article appears correctly in the list with a 'View Online' button visible. Click 'Create' to save this information to your 'My Bookmarks' area.

4. Add saved information from 'My Bookmarks' to your online reading list

In your online reading list, use the Action Bar to navigate to the section of the list where you'd like the article to appear. Click 'Add Resource' and either select the book from your recent bookmarks, or use the search box to find a bookmarked item.

5. Add an Importance

Select Essential, Recommended or Further reading from the dropdown list next to your newly-added resource.

1. Ensure that the Bookmark Button is installed

For more help, please look visit the page 'Adding the Bookmark Button to your web browser'.

2. Find the video that you want to recommend

3. Use the Bookmark Button to save information about the video to 'My Bookmarks'

Click the Bookmark Button in your web browser. This should display an online Reading Lists screen including details of the video. Click 'Create' to save this information to your 'My Bookmarks' area. Before clicking 'Create', check that the 'Online Resource' box is checked. This will ensure that the video appears correctly on the list, with a View Online button enabled.

4. Add saved information from 'My Bookmarks' to your online reading list

1. Ensure that the Bookmark Button is installed

For more help, please look visit the page 'Adding the Bookmark Button to your web browser'.

2. Find the webpage that you want to recommend

3. Use the Bookmark Button to save information about the webpage to 'My Bookmarks'

Click the Bookmark Button in your web browser. This should display an online Reading Lists screen including details of the webpage. Click 'Create' to save this information to your 'My Bookmarks' area. Before clicking 'Create', check that the 'Online Resource' box is checked. This will ensure that the webpage appears correctly on the list, with a View Online button enabled.

4. Add saved information from 'My Bookmarks' to your online reading list