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Add an Online Reading List

Online Reading List benefits

The Reading List seamless and intuitive experience for staff and students including:

  • Integrated into MyBeckett Modules
  • Great customisation of list layouts
  • User friendly display and navigation
  • Quick update of new materials
  • Integrated analytics
  • Ability to request new books and/or eBooks for the Library from within the system. More information about how to request new books is found under Section 4: Using the Bookmark button.

If you have any questions about the online reading list system, you can contact your Academic Librarian(s)

In the meantime, our Reading Lists FAQs may be able to help. For any technical queries, please contact for assistance.

1.  Logging into the System

The Online Reading List System is accessed via MyBeckett and uses the University's Single Sign on (SSO) system to log you into the system. 

1.  Log into MyBeckett and navigate to your desired module.
2.  Click on the "Reading List" link within the module.
3.  Click on "Log In" in the purple menu bar near the top of the screen. 

You will now be logged into the system and have the ability to create and edit lists within the system.

*If this is your first time logging into the reading list system, you will be prompted to update your user profile.  You will only need to do this once.*


You can update your profile using the following steps:
1. Login to MyBeckett and go to the module in question, and click on the ‘Reading List’ link in the menu on the right.
2. Click your name in the navigation bar at the top of the reading list then "View Profile".
3. Click the Edit button (located to the right of your screen).
4. Update your user information, which includes: name, university email address, how you describe yourself (i.e. teaching staff) and your profile privacy/visibility selection: Private or public.
5. Once you are done click "Save Profile".

Once you have completed the above, you will now be able to access any module reading list you are attached to/enrolled.


If you want to return to the module content, click the module title at the top of the screen.

You can also find lists for the modules you are attached to through the 'My Lists' link at the top of the page or you can search for a list by clicking 'Home' in the purple bar at the top of the screen.

If you have any issues accessing the Online Reading List, try clearing the browser cookies. You may need to log in again afterwards. 


Please note: the Online Reading List system no longer supports Internet Explorer and does not work well in Safari and we recommend you use Google Chrome browser for both MyBeckett and Reading List platforms. We also recommend you make updates to your reading list from a desktop PC, as some of the functions may be difficult to use from a smaller screen (i.e. mobile device).

When clicking on the 'Reading list' link via MyBeckett for the first time, click on "Saveon the right-hand side in order to ensure the link is visible to students and is stable with MyBeckett.  You will find this "Add listsection when you click the "Reading List" link within MyBeckett.  If the "Save" option doesn’t appear then the link has already been saved.

This will only need to be done once (per academic year) and can be easily relinked or changed using the "Relink?" option at the top of the screen which appears when you go back into the reading list.

2.  Gathering Resources for a List

In order to add items to a reading list, you must first add them as "bookmarks" in your account within the Online Reading List system.   

The advantages of using bookmarked items are that:

  • It allows you to easily add items into any number of reading lists using a simple click and/or a keyword search.
  • It allows you easily to add new resources into a list when you come across them by using the bookmark button, without having to make a note of the details and enter them in manually.

Once you have added resources into your bookmarks, you will be able to use these to create and edit your reading lists.

We recommend the following:

  • For books and eBooks, we recommend using the Library Catalogue as this ensures that the resource links correctly and students can easily access the resource.
  • For articles and journals, we recommend using Discover as your first choice, again this ensures students have access to the resource.
  • For AV or image resources, we recommend bookmarking within the resource.  You can also find a wealth of resources via the Film, Images & Audio databases on the Library Website.  For further guidance on bookmarking video and image databases, please contact your Academic Librarian team.
  • For Digitised readings, you can use our Digitisation request service.  You can also request digitised readings through the reading list system by adding the request to the 'Library Note' field.
  • For new books or orders, we recommend bookmarking within Amazon. Although we do not order books via Amazon, bookmarking this website ensures we have the correct bibliographic information (i.e. ISBN, publication date) to place an order more quickly.
  • For identifying and adopting more diverse information resources, we have created a series of guides to support you in diversifying your reading list content.

3.  Installing the Bookmark Button

The Bookmark Button will allow you to add resources quickly to your reading list from the web. You will need to install the Bookmark Button to each new browser you use.  This is especially applicable if you work from home or use multiple PCs (i.e. hot desking) when on campus.

Before you begin, you will need to make sure that your bookmarks bar is visible in your browser to install the Bookmark Button. To turn on the bookmarks bar in Chrome, click the 3 vertical dots at the top right of the screen, then go to 'Bookmarks', then click 'Show Bookmarks Bar'.

a. In the Online Reading List system, click on 'My Bookmarks'.

b. Click on the 'Install Bookmark Button' link which is under the purple bar on the right-hand side of the screen.

c. Click 'Next'.

d. In the pop-up window, there is a button labelled 'Add to My Bookmarks'.  Drag and drop this button from the pop-up window up to your own browser's bookmark bar.

e. Click 'Next' and 'Close' to exit.

4.  Using the Bookmark Button

Use the Bookmark Button to add online resources or resources with an online record (for example, a print book from the Library catalogue) to your reading lists.  

Please note: always bookmark eBooks from the Library catalogue.  Bookmarking on other sites may not pull through the link so that students can easily log into the resource. We have a helpful guide about identifying and selecting eBooks for reading lists


To Add Bookmarks:

Log into Online Reading Lists from MyBeckett.

b. In a new browser tab or window, find the item you wish to add to your list (e.g. a book/eBook from the catalogue, journal article, video, etc.). 

c. Click 'Add to my Bookmarks' in your browser to add to favourites/bookmark bar.  A bookmarking screen will pop-up with details of the resource that have been captured from the online system.

d. Check that the information about the resource is correct.

e. If it is an online/electronic resource, check that the 'Online Resource' box is ticked.

f. Choose 'Create' to collect the resource to add later. 

We would recommend you only use 'Create & Add to List' if you are adding one or two items to a list where you are currently the owner.  Instructions for using this option is below (after the video).

*For "Create & Add to List" only*
complete the sections in the pop-up box:

Select the correct list from the 'Add to List' drop-down menu.

b.  Select where you want the item to appear.  Select the correct button for whether you want the item at the top or bottom of the list or section (sections will appear in the drop-down menu if they have been set up in the selected list).

c.  Consider adding a Note for Students-- for example, chapters/sections you want students to read or questions about the reading.

d. Select the Importance.  Use Essential for items that students are expected to read and Recommended for background or supplementary readings.

e. Use the "Note for Library section to indicate requests for specific chapter digitisation or to pass on additional information about the resource to Library staff. Click OK.

f. Now Republish your list to make changes/additions visible to your students.


Requesting new books for a module:

If you cannot find the item you wish to add on the catalogue, search for the item on Amazon and follow the instructions above to add to your bookmarks.  When you publish your list, a request to order the item will be passed to the Library Acquisitions team. For further support, please contact your Academic Librarian.

5.  Editing and Organising a Reading List

a.  Log into the Online Reading List System using the 'Reading List' link in MyBeckett.

b.  If you have logged into the system from MyBeckett, you should already be in the list for that module.  

c. You should now have the following options:

  • Add Resource - this will add the resources you have bookmarked to the reading list.  See instructions above for how to bookmark resources.
  • Add Paragraph - this will add text to the reading list.
  • Add Section - this will add a section to the reading list and is used to structure your list, for example, by week or theme or reading priority (i.e. Essential or Recommended).

If the reading list is empty, these options will be located on the right hand side of the screen. 

An example of an empty reading list with the different action buttons visible.

If there are resources already in the list, simply move your mouse over an area of the list and the options should appear.

An example of the editing functions.

More in-depth instructions about each of the above options is located below (after the video).

5 a. Add a resource

a. Go to the area or section of the reading list where you want to add a resource and click 'Add Resource'.  This will open a pop-box of your recently bookmarked resources.   

b. Click on the resource you want to add and it will be added to the list.

Example of the pop up box that appears after clicking Add Resource

c. If the resource is not visible, then click on 'Show More' at the bottom of the pop-up box.  Alternatively, you can use the search box to search your previous bookmarks.  If you have many resources bookmarked, the search results may take some time to update.

d. To add a reading importance, click the red 'Importance not set' drop-down box next to the title of the resource. It is important that you indicate a reading importance as it will allow Library staff to ensure that we have sufficient copies of items in stock or available online. Select either:

  • Essential for items that students are expected to have read or completed
  • Recommended for supplementary or background readings or content

Example of setting the reading importance.

e. To delete or edit the resource, go to the 3 vertical dots located next to the item on the right side of the screen and choose 'Edit' or 'Delete' as desired.

Example of the three dots.

Here you can also find options to move or update the resource, such as add a Student Note or a Library Note.

  • Student Note - this is publicly visible and can be used indicate chapter/section readings or questions about the reading.
  • Library Note - this is only visible to staff and can be used to indicate requests for specific chapter digitisation or to pass on additional information about the resource to Library staff (i.e. an eBook is required)

Using the Library Note to request digitised readings.

5 b. Add a paragraph

a. Go to the area or section of the reading list where you want to add text and click 'Add Paragraph'.  This will open a blank text box in the reading list.

b. Add text and format it as you wish. 

Example of adding a paragraph.

c. To save the paragraph, click on 'Save'. To exit the edit mode without saving, click on 'Cancel'.

d. To delete or edit the paragraph, go to the 3 vertical dots located next to the item on the right side of the screen and choose 'Edit' or 'Delete' as desired.

Example of the three dots.

Here you can also find options to move or update the paragraph.

5 c. Add a section

a. Go to the area of the reading list where you want to add a section and click 'Add Section'.  This will open a blank section in the reading list where you can add a section title such as a week, theme or reading importance (i.e. Essential or Recommended).  

b. You can also add a section description underneath the title. 

Example of adding a section.

c. To save the section, click on 'Save'. To exit the edit mode without saving, click on 'Cancel'.

d. To delete or edit the paragraph, go to the 3 vertical dots located next to the item on the right side of the screen and choose 'Edit' or 'Delete' as desired.

Example of the three dots.

Here you can also find options to move or update the section.

5 d. Organising your reading list

You can organise your reading list by moving items (i.e. resources, text and paragraphs) to structure your reading list.  

a. To move an item, go to the arrow icon located next to the item on the right hand side of the screen, and click and drag the item to the desired place.

Example of arrow icon.

You can also use the cut and paste function to move items. This is especially useful for moving sections or items in a long reading list.  

b. To choose or 'cut' an item, go to the 3 vertical dots located next to the item on the right of the screen and click on 'Cut'. 

Example of the cut function.

c. Next, scroll to the area or section of the reading list that you want to move the item to until the 'Paste' and 'Cancel' options appear. 

Example of paste function.

d. Click on the 'Paste' option to add the item, or you can also cancel this action by choosing 'Cancel'.

5 e. Publishing your reading list

Once you have finished updating or editing the list, click on 'Publish' located at the top right of the screen in a yellow banner. You may have to scroll up if it is a long reading list.

An example of the publish button

This will make any changes visible to students and will notify Library Staff to check the reading list for any orders or broken links.  If you want the Library to check the items on the reading list without making the list visible to students, you can 'Request a review'.

a. Go to the top of the page and click on the 'Edit' button.

An example of requesting a review.

b. Choose 'Request a review' from the options available and this will send a notification to Library Staff.  A blue banner will then appear on the reading list when a request has been made and when you 'Publish' the reading list.

An example of a review request banner.

To add a link to the module handbook, you will need to copy the 'public' URL/link of the online reading list.  This enables the students to easily access the reading list without additional steps.

a. Go to the reading list system homepage.  Do not log in to the system.

Reading list system homepage

b. Type the module code (i.e. TCHT715) into the search box and click on the search icon button.

An example of entering the module code into the search box

c. Next, under the Lists section on the left side of the screen, click on the link for the current academic year to open it.

Example of searching for a module reading list.

d. When the page has loaded, copy the URL in the browser window. You can now paste the URL into the module handbook document.

An example of a reading list URL or link

7. Importing Bookmarks from Reference Management Software

 You can use reference management (bibliographic) software such as Endnote, Mendeley or Zotero to import bookmarks into the Online Reading List system, however, you will need to manually edit the references once they are imported into the system to ensure that the information bookmarked is correct.

a.  Export your selected references from the reference management software and save them as a .txt or .ris file.

b.  Log into the Online Reading List System and click on "My Bookmarks".  

c.  Click "Add Bookmark" button and then select "Import Citation".

d.  Click the "Choose File".

e.  Select the file that contains your selected references and then click "Import".

f.  You will have the option of assembling the uploaded references into a brand new reading list.  If you wish to add them to an existing list, please leave this option unticked.

8. Exporting your Reading List

You can export your Reading List to a CSV, RIS or PDF file.  In order to do this you need to view the reading list in 'student view'.

a. Click on the 'View' button at the top of the page and choose 'As student'.


Example of choosing to view the page as a student.


b. You will know that you are in student view when you see the following yellow banner across the top of the reading list.  To exit the student view, click on the 'Exit student view' button on the right in the yellow banner.


Example of exiting student view.


c. While still in 'Student View', click "View & Export"  on the top right of the screen and choose your preferred option to export.


An example of the options when clicking on the view and export button.

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Page last updated: 12/03/2021

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