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Guide to using Reading Lists

Link to Reading Lists: https://soton.rl.talis.com/index.html

A. Get started

Before you can get started with Reading Lists you need to do the following:

  1. Log in
  2. Create your user profile
  3. Add the bookmarklet (bookmarking tool)

 

1: Log in

Step-by-step guide

Click on the login button above or go to

https://soton.rl.talis.com/index.html

Reading Lists home page with log in circled in red. Search box below.

Log in with your University username and password.

 

2: Create your user profile

 

Step-by-step guide

Click Create profile.

Complete the form, including your name and institutional email address

Choose whether to make your profile public or private. We would encourage you to make your profile public as this enables students to search for your lists.

Text reads 'Edit profile'. Below is a form with fields for Full name, Surname, email address and I'd describe myself as. The privacy setting on the form is set to Public.

 

Decide how you want to describe yourself

Dropdown menu for 'I'd describe myself as' has been expanded. The option 'An academic' is highlighted in blue.

Click Save profile

 

3: Add the bookmarklet to your web browser

When added to your browser, the bookmarklet tool enables you to capture resources from around the web.  You can then either add these to your My Bookmarks page for future use or insert them directly into a reading list.

The bookmarklet is currently supported by Chrome, Firefox, IE and Safari, and each has a slightly different set of instructions.

 

Step-by-step guide

You will need to have the bookmarks bar (also known as 'Your Favourites') visible on your browser before the bookmarklet can be added.

In Chrome this is done by clicking on the 3 dots icon (options), and then going to Bookmarks and making sure that Show bookmarks bar is selected.

If your preferred browser is Internet Explorer / Microsoft Edge, see information at the bottom of this section.

In Reading Lists go to My bookmarks

Reading lists home page with My lists circled in red.

Click on Install bookmark button

Text reads 'When added to your browser the bookmark button allows you to capture resources from around the web and add them to your 'My bookmarks page or directly to a reading list'. The next button is highlighted in blue.

Click Next

Drag Add to my Bookmarks to the bookmarks bar of your browser

Option to 'Add to my bookmarks' is shown being dragged towards the browser bar.

You're now ready to bookmark from anywhere on the web

 

* Internet Explorer / Microsoft Edge users

Internet Explorer / Microsoft Edge does not support the bookmarking tool. Download a free alternative bookmark extension here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/talis-aspire-reading-lists-bookmarker/9nxmdlj3x011#activetab=pivot:overviewtab

Click Get, then Open Microsoft Store

In Microsoft Store click Get

You do not need to sign in to download the bookmark extension

Click Install

When you see an installation notification click Launch. A pop-up message will appear in the top-right of your browser.

Text reads 'Talis Aspire reading lists bookmarking just got added and it can store personal browsing data on your device; read and change content on websites you visit'. The option to Turn it on is highlighted in blue.

Click Turn it on to activate the extension.

A button will appear at the top-right of your browser

Click this button to create a bookmark from a resource (the first time you use it, you may need to login using your iSoutions username and password).

 

B. Create and manage your lists

In this section we show you how to:

  1. Find existing reading lists and edit/update them
  2. Create a new list
  3. Create a new list from an existing template
  4. Add a list you have created to a hierarchy
     

Step-by-step guide

1: Find existing reading lists in the following way

  • Start typing the name of your school or course/module into the search box.
  • Browse hierarchy – enables you to drill down to schools and modules.

Here is one example:

Go to Reading Lists Home. Search by school or module (example shows a module search)

A search for 'microfossil' is shown and one result is displayed - 'Microfossil, evolution, environments and time module'.

Click on a module to see which reading lists are connected to it.

If no reading list is available you will need to create one.

 

2: Create a new list

Go to My lists and click on Create new list

Click on Select Hierarchy box

Start typing in the module code and select the correct module when it appears

Select the correct module and copy the module code and name as displayed

Check to ensure student numbers are displayed. If not, please enter student numbers and then Save

Now paste the module name into the List Name so that it displays in the same format as the module name.  Here is an example:  HIST1062 - Rebellions and Uprising in the age of the Tudors

Select the Academic Year and Create List

 

Now you can start adding resources to your list

 

3: Create a new list from an existing template

Go to My lists

Click on the 3 dots by the list that you want to copy and select Copy to a new list

Three dots have been highlighted and the dropdown menu expanded. The option to 'Copy to a new list' is highlighted in blue.

Or, if you are a list editor you can copy any existing list from the Edit menu.

Go to My lists. Select the list you want to copy

Click on Edit and select Copy list from the dropdown menu

Edit button is highlighted and dropdown menu expanded. 'Copy list' is highlighted in blue.

Give your list a new name, description and year, and add to a hierarchy. If you want to assign your list to a different hierarchy uncheck the hierarchy option and follow instructions in 4b

Click on Create list

Text reads 'Copy list Reading list 2' Form includes boxes for 'List name', 'Description' and 'Year'. 'Copy hierarchy associations' has been checked. Option to 'Creaet list' in blue at bottom of image.

 

4: Add a list you have created to a hierarchy

You can add a list to a hierarchy in two ways:

  • Add to a hierarchy via the search box (see 4a)
  • Add to a hierarchy from within a list (see 4b)
     

4a: Add to a hierarchy via the search box

Go to Reading Lists Home. Search by school or module (example shows a search by school)

A search for 'ocean' has been entered into the search box. The first 5 of 24 results are shown. First result is 'School - Ocean and Earth Science'.

Click on your school and then click on a module to see which reading lists are connected to it.

If no lists are connected use the search box to find an existing list by title.  Search for one of your own lists or for one that someone else has created.

Text reads 'Sorry, there are no lists here yet'. A search has been entered and the first of 2 list titles is shown.

OR click on Add list to select one of the lists you have created in My lists or to search for a list that someone else has created

Text reads 'Browse hierarchy SOES6022'. The option to 'Add list' is circled in red.

Type in the name of the reading list you want to add

Text reads 'Add list to this module'. Part of a reading list title has been entered and one hit is shown below.

Add the number of students (if known) and click Save

A reading lists title is shown, and the number 20 has been added to the student number box. 'Save' is highlighted in blue.

 
4b: Add to a hierarchy from within a list

You can also add a list directly to a hierarchy

Go to My lists and select a reading list

Click on Edit and select Hierarchy and student numbers

Edit is highlighted and the dropdown menu expanded. The option 'Hierarchy and student numbers' is highlighted in blue.

Type in the module name or code and click Save

Text box reads 'Start typing node name or code' The student numbers box is empty. Option to save is highlighted in blue.

 

C. Add resources using the bookmarking tool (bookmarklet)

Once you have installed the bookmarklet you will be able to:

  • Find the resource you want to add online and click on the bookmarklet to import a link into your bookmarks.
  • Drag and drop resources from your bookmarks directly into your reading lists.
  • Use the bookmarklet to select print and ebooks from the library catalogue so that your reading list links to resources that we hold.
  • Find resources that are not in our catalogue on Amazon or on the publisher’s site and import them into your list. The library will consider whether to purchase the resource.
  • Bookmark web sites and YouTube
  • Capture journal articles or any other documents hosted online (by going either directly to the article or to the summary page and using the bookmarklet to capture it)

 

Step-by-step guide

  1. Add resources to your bookmarks
  2. Add resources directly from My Bookmarks
  3. Add bookmarked resources to an open reading list
  4. Add resources directly to a reading list from a web site

1: Add resources to your bookmarks

Log in to Reading Lists and click on My bookmarks

Text reads  'My bookmarks 1 to 9 of 9'. Two bookmarks are displayed, showing title, type of resource, date added and notes.

Open the library catalogue, search for the resource you need and click on the bookmarklet

Image shows WebCat display for the book 'Descriptive physical oceanography', by Lynne Talley. 'Add to my bookmarks' on the browser bar is circled in red..

Edit the information or add notes. Then click Create

Text reads 'Bookmarking from University of Southampton WebCat. Options include 'Create', 'Create and add to list' and 'Cancel'

The resource has been added to your bookmarks (you may have to refresh the My bookmarks tab to see it)

Text reads 'My bookmarks 1 to 10 of 10'. One title is shown. Information includes title, author, resource type and date added.

 

2: Add resources directly from My Bookmarks

Click on the three dots and select Add to list

Three resources are shown in a list. Three dots on the first title are highlighted and the dropdown menu expanded. The option 'Add to list' is highlighted in blue.

Search for your reading list, choose where to position the title and add other useful information. Click on the blue Add to list button.

Text at top reads 'Add to list'. A reading list title has been entered in the search box.

 

3: Add bookmarked resources to an open reading list

Go to My lists and open the list you want to edit

Text reads 'My lists. showing 1 to 4 of 4 lists. The first reading list title is displayed.

 

If you are working on a new reading list, click on Resource under Empty list!

Text reads 'Empty list! Start by adding a resource, paragraph, section' next to image of lightbulb.

 

If your list already contains resources you will see a blue menu bar. Position this where you want to insert a resource and click on Add resource

Text in blue reads 'Week 1 reading. Add resource, add paragraph, add section'

 

Select titles from your list of bookmarks

List of recently bookmarked resources. Above list a search box reads 'Search by title, author, ISBN'

 

 

4: Add resources directly to a reading list from a web site

Find the resource online and click on the bookmarklet (Add to my bookmarks)

Click on Create and add to list

Text reads 'Manually add a new bookmark'. Options include 'Create', 'Create and add to list' and 'Cancel'

Choose from your reading lists, add notes and set importance. Then click OK to add the resource to your chosen list

Text reads 'Create and add to list'. A list name has been added, and a note for students. Importance dropdown menu has been expanded and 'Additional' is highlighted in blue.

You can also use this method to add titles directly from the library catalogue to your list

Open the library catalogue, search for the resource you need and click on the bookmarklet

Click Create and add to list

Select a reading list, choose where to position the title and click OK

D. Structure and edit your lists

Sections enable you to group sub-sections or resources together. You can customise the structure to suit your students. Common list structures include:

  • Week by week. Each section contains reading identified for that particular week.
  • Importance. Resources can be labelled as 'essential' or additional reading'.
  • Resources can be grouped in sections thematically.

Step-by-step guide

  1. Add paragraphs, sections and resources
  2. Add notes and guidance
  3. Set importance to essential or additional reading
  4. Move things around
  5. Delete items from your list
  6. Create links to online materials

1: Add paragraphs, sections and resources

Click on My lists and select the list you want to work on

Text reads 'My lists, showing 1 to 3 of 3'. One reading list title is shown.

Click on one of the options under Empty list! Start by adding a resource, paragraph or section

Text reads 'Empty list. Start by adding a resource, paragraph, section. Text is accompanied by lightbulb image.

Clicking on Paragraph brings up a text box. Add a description or explanation for your list.

Blue menu bar goes across the image with options to 'Add resource, add paragraph, add section'. An empty text box is below the bar.

Clicking on Section enables you to divide your list into sections by week or by theme

Blue menu bar goes across the image with options to 'Add resource, add paragraph, add section'. Empty 'Title' and 'Description' text boxes are below the bar.

Clicking on Resource will bring up a list of your bookmarks and a search box.

Select a title from your bookmarks to import it into your list

A list of bookmarked titles, with a search box above.

The title is now in your list

Text reads 'Week 1 reading', with one resource shown below.

If you haven’t already bookmarked the title you want you can use Quick add,

Click on Add resource and start typing the title into the search box. Reading Lists will search the web for you

A search for 'Introduction to physical oceanography' has been entered into a search box. Matching book titles are in a list below.

Reading Lists will make suggestions for you and will show you if the title is available in the library catalogue. Click on the + sign next to the edition you want to add.

Book cover and title 'Introduction to physical oceanography' are shown. A list of editions is displayed below, showing ISBN, edition, format and availability in library.

This title is not in the library catalogue

Book cover and title 'Physical oceanography and climate' are shown. A list of editions is displayed below, showing ISBN, edition, format and availability in library.

Select an edition to add to your reading list. If you click on the title in your list you will see that it is unavailable. The library will assess whether to purchase copies.

Image shows availability of book 'Physical oceanography and climate'.

Add resource, Add paragraph and Add section are options that are always available on the movable blue bar

Blue menu bar with options to 'Add resource, add paragraph, add section'

Use the blue bar to position your resources where you want them.

Click on the three dots to see more options for managing your list.

Bibliographic information for the book 'Fundamentals of estuarine physical oceanography', with three dots circled in red.

 

2: Add notes and guidance

  • Add notes for students (eg, ‘read chapter 10’}
  • Add notes for the library (eg, to tell us if you prefer a particular edition or if you have a loan period preference).

Click on the three dots

Select Note for students or Note for library

Three dots have been selected and dropdown menu expanded. Option 'Note for students' is highlighted in blue.

 

3: Set importance to essential or additional reading

Set importance when you add the title to your list, by choosing from the drop-down menu

A reading list title is shown with 'Importance' dropdown menu expanded.

Or set importance later, by clicking on Importance not set

A reading list title is shown with 'Importance not set' dropdown menu expanded.

 

4: Move things around

Click and drag the double arrows

A reading list title is shown, with double arrows highlighted, and the option 'Drag me' in black above.

OR click on the three dots and select the Move up or Move down options. Sections move in the same way.

 

5: Delete items from your list

Click on the three dots and select Delete

Three dots are highlighted and the dropdown menu expanded. The option to 'Delete' is highlighted in red.

 

6: Create links to online materials

Search for an online resource and click on the bookmarklet.

Check the Online Resource box, and this will create a link direct from your reading list

Text reads 'Online resource link. The online resource button which will appear for this resource will open the selected below when clicked' and the web address of a resource. The 'OK' button is highlighted in grey below.

The option to View online has been added to your reading list

A resource title is shown, with a 'View online' link next to it.

 

E. Request digitisations from books, journals etc.

Step-by-step guide

Go to My lists and open a reading list. Find the title you want to be digitised

Click on the three dots next to the title

Three dots next to a title are highlighted and the dropdown menu expanded. The option to 'Request digitisation' has been highlighted.

Complete the form with as much information as possible for library staff to identify the correct parts to scan and digitise

A 'Request digitisation' application form, with boxes for bibliographic data.

Click Next at the bottom of the form to continue. Complete the second part of the form and click Next to complete the request

The second page of the 'Request digitisation' form, with boxes for academic year and course details. The 'Next' button is highlighted in blue.

If your request is urgent you can tell us by adding a Note for library to the item in the reading list.

The library will be notified of your request. We will upload the item for you if it is eligible/available for digitisation. We will let you know if it is not possible to digitise the item.

 

F. Review and publish your list

  1. Assign a list owner
  2. Request a review
  3. Publish your list
  4. Add a link to your list in Blackboard
     

Step-by-step guide

1: Assign a list owner

Click on Edit and select Assign list owner. You can assign yourself or choose another member of staff.

'Edit' button is highlighted and dropdown menu expanded. Option to 'Assign list owner' is highlighted in blue.

 

 

2: Request a review

Any changes to a list are automatically saved but lists are not available to students until they have been published.

If you have added new items to the list it should be sent for review by the library before being published (we will ensure that editions are correct, there are enough copies, and that links to electronic resources work). The library will publish the list after review.

If you make minor changes to a list it can be published immediately.

To request a review, click on Edit and then Request review

Edit button is highlighted and dropdown menu expanded. The option to 'request review' is highlighted in blue.

 

3: Publish your list

Click the Publish button

Pink menu bar with text reading 'Unpublished changes. your changes have been saved but not published'. The 'Publish' button is highlighted in blue.

You can see the status of all your reading lists in My lists

Two reading list titles are shown. 'Status' is circled in red.

 

4: Add a link to your list in Blackboard

 

In Blackboard, check that Edit Mode is turned ON.  This can be switched by clicking ON or OFF.

Red arrow pointing at 'Edit mode is ON'

Look at your Blackboard course menu.  Hover your mouse over the + (plus) icon.

Blackboard course menu. Red arrow pointing at Plus button.

A menu appears. Click on Tool Link.

Red arrow pointis to 'Tool Link' which is highlighted in yellow.

In the Name box, enter Reading List.

For type, select Reading List from the dropdown menu.

Select Available to Users so that students will be able to access the link.

Select Submit.

Text reads 'Add tool link'. 'Reading list' has been entered into the 'Name' box. 'Avaibalne to users' has been checked. Includes options to Cancel and Submit..

Your reading list link will be created. You can re-position it within the course menu by clicking and dragging the up and down arrow icon beside it.

Reading list title 'Vienna and Berlin' is at the top of a menu. Red arrow points to 'Reading List' which has been highlighted.

When you or you students select that menu item, you will be redirected to the Reading Lists page for that course.

Three list titles are displayed in Reading Lists.