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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)

Get started

Add bookmarks to your browser

 

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 Microsoft Edge you will need to download the alternative Bookmark extension. See information at the bottom of this section.

In Reading Lists go to My bookmarks

Click on Install bookmark button

Click Next

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

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

 

Bookmark extension for Microsoft Edge users

Microsoft Edge does not support the bookmarking tool. There are also some web sites that do not work with the Bookmarklet. These can be bookmarked using the Bookmark extension. 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 your list

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

 Create your list

1: Find existing reading lists in the following ways:

You need to be logged in to view reading lists.

You should check whether a list is already on the system.

  • 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 an example of where there is already a list on the system:

Here is an example of where a list does not exist (or you are not logged in):

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

You can search by module to see if any lists have been added to it:

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

 

2: Create a new list

Log in and go to Reading Lists Home

Check whether the reading list is already on the system (follow Step 1 above). If the list is not found:

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

Log in to Reading Lists

Go to My lists

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

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

Give your list a new name, description and year, and add to a hierarchy.

4: Add a list you have created to a hierarchy

Go to My lists and select a reading list

Click on Edit and select Hierarchy and student numbers

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. Structure your list

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 and sections
  2. Add notes and guidance

Structure your list

1: Add paragraphs and sections

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

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

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

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

Note: if you delete a section you will delete all content within that section (resources and text).

 

2: Add notes and guidance

  • Add notes for students (e.g. 'read chapter 10')
  • Add notes for the library (e.g. to tell us if you prefer a particular edition or if you have a loan period preference)

Click on the three dots next to the title

Select Note for students or Note for library.

Add your note and click save.

 

D. Add resources to your list

1. Add library resources to your list

• Books and e-books

• Journal articles

2. Add other resources to your list

3. Add resources to My Bookmarks

4. Add resources from My Bookmarks to reading lists

5. Add new orders to your list

Add resources to your list,  review and publish your list

Add new orders, review and publish your list

1: Add library resources to your list - books and e-books

Log in to Reading Lists and go to My Lists

Select a list to work on

Open the library catalogue and search for the resource you need. Click on the title to bring up the full catalogue record, then click on the bookmarklet

Check that the data is correct. If the title is an ebook make sure that the Online Resource box is ticked

Click on Create and add to list

Choose from your reading lists, add a note for students or for the library. Remember to set importance to essential or additional. Choose where to position the item in your list. Then click OK to add the resource to your chosen list. 

Refresh your list to see the new resource

 

1: Add library resources to your list - journal articles

Log in to Reading Lists and go to My Lists

Select a list to work on

Open DelphiS and search for the article

Check that we have access to the full text of the article

Open the journal article and click on the bookmarklet

Check that the data is correct. Make sure that the Online Resource box is ticked.

Click on Create and add to list

Choose from your reading lists, add a note for students or for the library. Remember to set importance to essential or  additional. Choose where to position the item in your list. Then click OK to add the resource to your chosen list.

Refresh your list to see the new resource

2: Add other resources (videos, web pages, etc.) to your list

Find the resource online and click on the bookmarklet (example shows a YouTube video)

Check that the data is correct. Tick the Online Resource box.

Click on Create and add to list

Choose from your reading lists, add a note for students or for the library. Remember to set importance to essential or additional. Choose where to position the item in your list. Then click OK to add the resource to your chosen list.

Refresh your list to see the new resource

3: Add resources to My bookmarks

My bookmarks can be used to create a collection of resources which can be added to reading lists later.

Log in to Reading Lists and click on My bookmarks 

Open the library catalogue and search for the resource you need. Click on the title to bring up the full catalogue record, then click on the bookmarklet

Check that the data is correct. If the title is an ebook make sure that the Online Resource box is ticked.

Click on Create

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

 

4: Add resources from My bookmarks

Log in to Reading Lists and go to My bookmarks

Click on the three dots next to the title and select Add to list

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

You can also add bookmarked resources directly from an open reading list:

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

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

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

Select titles from your list of bookmarks

Remember to set importance to essential or additional

5: Add new orders to your list

You can use the reading list system to request resources

Find the resource online and add it to your list. Send your finished list for Review by the library and we will try to source the item for you.

The following title is not in the library catalogue but is available from Amazon

Click on the Bookmarklet

 

Check that the data is correct

Choose from your reading lists, add a note for students or for the library. Remember to set importance to essential or additional (this will ensure the library purchases sufficient copies for your course). Choose where to position the item in your list. Then click OK to add the resource to your chosen list.

Remember to select Publish and Review when you have finished adding resources to your list

 

E. Edit your list

  1. Set importance to essential or additional reading
  2. Move things around
  3. Delete items from your list

1: Set importance to essential or additional reading

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

Or set importance later, by clicking on Importance not set

 

2: Move things around

Click and drag the double arrows

OR click on the three dots and select the Move up or Move down options

OR use the Cut and Paste below options by clicking on the three dots next to a title or section

Move sections by clicking on the three dots next to the section title

3: Delete items from your list

Click on the three dots and select Delete

 

F. Request digitisations from books, journals etc.

Request digitisations

Go to My Lists and open a reading list. Find the title of the book/journal you want to request a digitised chapter/article from. If the source isn't already on your list, add it to your list (see section D "Add resources to your list")

Click on the three dots next to the title and select the Edit option

Within the Edit menu select the Add field drop-down menu at the bottom of the record

Scroll down and select the Has part (Chapter, Article etc.) and add to the book record

A second tab will appear at the top of the book record

Select Chapter or Article for 'Resource type' and fill in the title details of the chapter/article

Add the additional fields 'Author' and 'Pages' via the Add field option at the bottom of the page. Your record should look like this

Save the book record. Within the reading list refresh your browser and your book/chapter should look like the screenshot below with book and chapter details showing

To request the digitisation select the Edit option from the 3-dot menu again and this time select Request digitisation.

This opens a request form where the bibliographic details of the book, chapter, author and page numbers are automatically transferred across. Check all details clicking Next - please note that without the correct information (page numbers, title, editions, etc.) your request may be delayed.

In the next screen select the date the digitisation is required (please note we work with a 21 days lead-in time). The Course name and Course code will automatically copy across in the last two fields.

Clicking Next will submit your request and ensures the library will be notified of your request. We will process your request and upload the link to the digitised item to your reading list if it is eligible for digitisation. If the request is not eligible we will contact you to discuss alternative options.

 

G. 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

Add your list to Blackboard

1: Assign a list owner

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

2: Request a review

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

Your list cannot be added to Blackboard until it has been published

If there are resources which need ordering you must send your list for review by the library (we will ensure that editions are correct, there are enough copies, and that links to electronic resources work)

If you make minor list changes you can publish without the need for a review

To request a review, click on Review & Publish

3: Publish your list

Click the Publish button

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

4: Add a link to your list in Blackboard

Publish your list (your list cannot be added to Blackboard until it has been published)

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

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

A menu appears. Click on Tool Link

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

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.

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

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Jump to section:

A. Get started

1: Log in
2: Create your user profile
3: Add the bookmarklet to your web browser

 

B. Create your list

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

 

C. Structure your list

1: Add paragraphs and sections
2: Add notes and guidance

 

D. Add resources to your list

1: Add library resources to your list (books, ebooks, articles)
2: Add other resources (videos, web pages, etc.) to your list
3: Add resources to My Bookmarks
4: Add resources from My Bookmarks to reading lists
5: Add new orders to your list

 

E. Edit your list

1. Set importance to essential or additional reading
2. Move things around
3. Delete items from your list

 

F. Request digitisations from books, journals etc.

 

G. 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