Rebus:list is the Library’s online Resource List management system. It enables students to access an online list of recommended reading for their course directly from MyBeckett.
It contains direct links either to the relevant page of the Library catalogue, or to the appropriate access portal for ejournals, ebooks, videos and other online material, minimising the number of pages students have to navigate in order to access resources.
It allows academics to access resource lists and update them throughout the year, and ensure that material is copyright cleared and available through the Library.
This guide explains the basics of editing a list, and supplementary instructions are available for unusual resource types.
A student user guide and training video are available on the Library website and via the resource list link in the MyBeckett module.
2. Open, publish or unpublish a list
a. To open a Resource List, enter the relevant MyBeckett module, then click Resource List in the left navigation menu.
b. Click the Manage button. Students don't see this.
c. Click the Manage resource lists button (looks like one document on top of another).
d. You'll see Resource Lists for MyBeckett modules in which you're an instructor (or you can use Search to find a Resource List). To edit a Resource List, click Items.
e. Next to Items, click Publish to make the list visible to students, or click Unpublish to hide the list from student view (may be useful when editing list content).
3. Add a book, eBook or AV item to a list
This section covers how to add books, eBooks and audio visual items to a list. For other item types, please consult the additional guides in section 12. To request the purchase of a new item, and have your Resource List updated by the Library when it arrives in stock, please contact your Academic Librarian.
a. Open a list to edit, then click the Add new item icon (document with a plus symbol).
b. Hover your mouse over the icons (see screenshot below) to view a description of their function.
c. Select the most appropriate item type from the list.
Important: This influences how the item is displayed to students, how it sorts, and also the bibliographic information pulled through from the Library Catalogue. Your Academic Librarian can advise which item type to select for more unusual resources.
d. Add records using Search to ensure full system functionality. By using the search box, you are also searching the Library Catalogue.
Type search terms, omitting punctuation marks and accents. You can search by a variety of terms, including author, title and ISBN. Multiple search terms e.g. author’s surname and a keyword from the title can be entered at once.
An arrow at the bottom of the page leads to further search results.
Important: If you can’t find an item, please email your Academic Librarian for assistance or to discuss potential acquisitions.
e. Click the Add to list icon (document with a plus symbol) on the right of the item you want to add.
On returning to the main list, check the item was added successfully.
eBooks: additional information
If a title is available as a print and eBook, we recommend adding both records to the list to inform students of both options.
If, when conducting a search in the Book item type, the results include two items with the same title, same author, and same year of publication, they're likely to be a book and an eBook. Please add the print book, then search again in the eBook item type and add it through these results.
To list an eBook chapter, add the eBook as normal, using the note field to state which chapter is being advocated.
4. Add a journal to a list
a. Click Add a new item, then Journal.
b. To direct students to a print only title, Search the Library Catalogue and add the journal.
c. To reliably link to an ejournal, use the click here link located above the search box, rather than the search.
d. To search for the ejournal, type out the journal title in the Journal field, then click on the Suggest journals button. This will automatically fill in the ISSN and eISSN fields.
e. Click Add item on the bottom of the page and then Refresh list add the item to the list.
Journals can also be found and linked to using ISSNs, as explained below. If you're still unable to find and add a journal, please contact your Academic Librarian for further support.
5. Add an article to a list (and use ISSNs)
a. Click Add a new item, then click Article.
b. To reliably link to the desired article, use the click here link rather than search.
To assist students in accessing and referencing the article, fill in as much information as possible. Please use Article author(s) and Year in preference to Author(s) and Date of publication as this influences how the record displays to students.
Important: The ISSN field must be completed in order for the article to open correctly.
c. Select the journal title from the list produced by a Suggest journals search to automatically add the relevant ISSN and the eISSN to the item information form.
ISSNs can also be obtained by looking up a Journal on the Library ejournal listings.
A screenshot of completed article information.
d. Click Add item, followed by Refresh list.
A screenshot of a finished journal entry:
e. A student would click the View full text icon to view the article.
Important: Some publishers / providers don't support article level linking, so the article reference may only link to the journal homepage. Students must then locate the relevant article within the journal, which is why it's helpful to provide as much information as possible when listing an article.
6. Add a web link to a list
a. Open a resource list and click Add new item.
b. Click Web link.
c. Complete Webpage title and Website URL so the item displays correctly on the resource list.
d. Click Add item.
7. Add a database or item in a database to a list
There's no specific category for databases, so they're best listed as web links. The most stable URL to use is the one linked to by the Library database list.
To list an item (such as an article) located within a specific database, add the database to a resource list as a web link using the Notes field to include instructions for how to find the specific resource within the database.
8. Scanned items and digitisation
Staff are able to request scanned items and digitisations directly when adding an item to the list.
You should be aware that scanned copies (such as PDF files) can't be directly added to a resource list. Access must be via a link and authorised by the Digitisation Service in the Library.
To request a digitisation, add the item as normal and change the Request scanned copy of this item option to Yes (from the default setting No). This sends an email to the Library’s digitisation request inbox.
Existing scans created by the Library’s Digitisation Service will be added to a Resource List.
Before requesting digitisation, please read the following.
The University’s digitisation licence allows the Library to scan from a wide selection of print books and journals, and in some circumstances, from online resources. Certain terms and conditions apply. The ‘item’ must be:
From a print book or journal owned by the University, such as Library stock.
One chapter per book or one article per journal issue, or 10% of a work (whichever is greater).
With regards to online resources (ejournals, eBooks, websites), although the licence does cover digital copying in some circumstances, it's preferable to link to the material’s source wherever possible. A scanned copy will therefore not be created if a direct link can be provided instead.
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