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Reading Lists

Adding sections, notes and pages

What are sections, notes and pages?

Sections

Sections are used to structure a reading list. They are useful to separate out weekly readings or certain topics. You can create sections within sections, giving you the freedom to structure your list exactly how you want it.

Notes

Notes can be used if you want to add some text to your reading list.

Pages

If you want to add a large amount of text to your reading list, such as the module outline, then you may want to use a page. An abstract of the text that you've added to the page will appear on the reading list, and students can click through to the page to see the full content. This is useful as it means that you don't have to scroll past pages of text to view the readings. Generally, pages are only used if you want to include the module outline on your Talis list.

How to add sections, notes and pages

To add a new section or a note, select the 'Add Section' or 'Add Paragraph' buttons which appear as you scroll through a reading list. A new section or note will be added wherever you selected in the reading list, so ensure you have selected these options in the right place.  

To create a new page, go to your reading list and select Edit > Edit list (classic). You can also add new sections and notes here if you prefer to do it this way. 

You will need to drag and drop the appropriate selection from the cross-arrows into the reading list, and fill in the information as needed. 

Once you have created your section/note/page, you can use the drag and drop feature to move it around the list and place it wherever you want it to be.

Below is a video demonstrating this:

How to move sections

You can alter the order of sections of a reading list.

This is useful if you want to move weekly teaching around, as you do not need to recreate the entire section.

To move a section quickly, select the icon with three dots on the right-hand side of the section and then select 'Cut'. You will then have a 'Paste' option which appears when you scroll over the reading list. Select 'Paste' wherever in the reading list you want to move the new section. There are also options to 'Move Up' and 'Move Down' here if you only want to move a section one place.  

You can also go to Edit > Edit list (classic). On the left hand side, you should see text saying ‘Table of contents’. You need to select the ‘show’ option beside this.

This will display a drop down with all of the sections listed.

To rearrange sections, you just need to drag and drop them as appropriate. You will see a black line or box indicating where the section will be moved to.

The video below demonstrates this. If you are struggling, please email libread@essex.ac.uk and we can help you.

Adding and removing bookmarks

Adding a resource

Adding a new bookmarked resource to your reading list is really easy. 

If you have added a book using the 'Add Resource' button highlighted on the 'Bookmarking' page of these instructions, your bookmark will already be on the reading list. 

If you are adding a bookmark manually, go to your reading list and select Edit > Edit list (classic). On the right hand side, you will see a list of all the bookmarks that you have created. You just need to find the bookmark to the resource that you want to add and drag and drop it in. The 'Add Resource' option will also bring up a list of your most recently bookmarked resources if you prefer to add them in this way. 

Any bookmarks already added to a reading list can be moved around using the drag and drop function.

Below is a video demonstrating this:


Removing a resource

To remove a bookmarked resource from your reading list, go to the list and and find the resource you want to remove. Select the icon with three dots on the right-hand side of the resource and select 'Delete'.

You can also select Edit > Edit list (classic). To the right hand side of each item is an option to remove. A text box will appear asking if you're sure that you want to remove the item - click OK. 

Note that removing a resource from a reading list will not delete the bookmark that you have created, so this will still appear on the right hand side list of all your bookmarks.

Importance and student/library notes

Importance

All essential items on a reading list need to be set an importance. This is so that:

  • Students know whether the reading is essential
  • The library know how many copies to purchase
  • The module directory now links with Talis so that any items marked as essential will pull through and display on the page for the module. If nothing is marked as essential then nothing will pull through.

A resource is automatically set to 'Importance not set' which the library will treat as a further reading. If the resource is an essential reading, select the importance drop-down menu on the bookmark and change this option to 'Essential'.

You can also go to Edit > Edit list (classic). Beside each item is an option to set importance and select essential.

Generally, essential items are those that you expect students to read for lectures, seminars or otherwise and further items are those that you think are useful to gain a further understanding of a topic.

If you need to remove the importance of an item marked as 'essential', select the importance drop-down menu again and change this option to 'Importance not set'.

You can also go to Edit > Edit list (classic). Beside each item is an option to edit notes and importanceYou can then deselect 'essential' by clicking on the blank.

We understand that you may want to further differentiate between certain items on your reading list, such as labelling them as 'further' or 'supplementary' readings.

The reason that such labels are not included on the drop down is because the 'essential' tag is extremely important for the Library in terms of purchasing resources, and something that we really do need to be set.  We want to encourage people to highlight their essential readings, without producing the extra work of having to label all other material as 'further' or otherwise.

If you want to use additional labels, please don't let this stop you! You can use sections (as above) to show the relative importance of items, giving the sections titles such as 'Further Reading' or 'Supplementary Reading' - or whatever else that you choose to use. These can even be further nestled under weekly sections, giving your list clear structure.


Student and Library Notes

You can add notes to individual items for either students or for the library.

Notes for students are useful to let them know which chapter they need to read, if there are other editions of a book available or to give them more information about a resource.

Notes for the library can be used to let us know if you have added a book or an article that we do not have in the library. You can also use this to give us any information about an item that you think is important for us to know.

To add a note to an item, select the icon with the three dots on the right-hand side of a bookmark and select 'Note for students' or 'Note for library' as appropriate.

You can also go to Edit > Edit list (classic). Beside each item is an option to edit notes and importance. You can then type in a 'note for student' or a 'note for library'.

Publishing and library reviews

When you have finished editing your list you need to publish it so that students can access the list.

You can tell if your list needs to be published because there will be a message containing 'Unpublished changes!' at the top of the reading list with a 'Publish' button on the right-hand side. Select the 'Publish' button to publish the reading list. You can also publish by going to Edit > Edit list (classic), and then selecting 'Publish'.

Publishing the list also sends the list to the library for review so that we can make sure that we have the necessary resources, including purchasing e-books where possible. As part of this review we will also let you know whether there will be any issues with resourcing the items on the list (if the book is out of print, or there is no ebook available, for example).

NB: As it takes time to get new material (particularly in print) you will need to bear in mind that this material will not be available for students to access straight away.