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Reading Lists

Adding sections, notes and pages

Editing the structure

There are two possible ways of creating and editing the structure in the list:

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.

Paragraphs

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

 

Below is video that goes through how to add sections and paragraphs to your list:

 

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.

The video below demonstrates how to move sections around. If you are struggling, please email libline@essex.ac.uk and we can help you.

Structuring a list

How should I structure my list?

You can structure your list in whichever way best suits your course. Some ideas include:

  • Week-by-week readings
  • Readings by topic 
  • Readings by importance
  • Readings by resource type (book, journal article, webpages, videos)

Creating a structure is done by adding in sections as shown above.

Structure templates

There are templates for week by week structures if you would like to structure your lists in this way:

If you would like to make use of these structure email libline@essex.ac.uk and we can sort this out for you.

Adding and removing bookmarks

Adding a resource

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. 

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. 

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'.

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.

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.

The video below goes through setting and unsetting essential status of items.

If you want to indicate further importances, you can use sections (as above) to show the relative importance of items, giving the sections titles such as 'Further Reading' or 'Supplementary Reading'. 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.

The video below goes through adding notes to resources:

Publishing and library reviews

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

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.