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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, please contact your Academic Librarian(s).  For 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 now have the ability to create and edit lists within the system. If you want to return to the module content, click the module title 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 login again afterwards. 

Please note: the Online Reading List system does not work well in Microsoft Edge and we recommend you use Google Chrome browser for both MyBeckett and Reading List platform. 
We also recommend you make updates to your reading list from a desktop PC, as there may be issues accessing the edit view from a mobile device. 

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 drag and drop items into any number of reading lists using a simple keyword search
  • It allows you easily to add new resources into the system 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 use these to create and edit your reading lists.

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 browser you use).

Before you begin, you will need to make sure that your bookmarks bar is visible in your browser to install the Bookmark Button.  (Please note that the Bookmark Button is not currently supported in Microsoft Edge).

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 link eBooks from the Library catalogue.  Linking from other sites may not pull through the link so that students can easily log into the resource.  

To Add Bookmarks:

a. 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.  You can add further further information about the item by using the "Add Field" drop-down menu.

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

f. Choose "Create" (collect the resource and add to a list(s) later) or "Create & Add to List".

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

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

h.  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).

i.  Consider adding a Note for Students-- for example, chapters/sections or questions about the reading.

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

k. 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.

l. 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 Library staff. Any more support required, please contact your Academic Librarian.

5.  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.

6.  Editing and Organising a Reading List

To edit a reading list:

a.  Log into the Online Reading List System using the link in MyBeckett.
b.  If you have logged into the system from MyBeckett, you should already be in the list for that module.  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.
c.  Click on the "Edit" button and then select "Edit list (classic)".  You will now be in the "Edit" view of your list.
d.  On the right-hand side of this page, you have options to add in "Sections" and "Notes". 

"Sections" are used to structure your list, for example, by week or theme.  
"Notes" can be used to add in text boxes to your list.  These can be added to your list by clicking on the cross-hairs and dragging and dropping them into your list.  

A pop-up box will appear asking you to enter your desired text (for "Notes") or prompting you to add a title for the section (required) and a study note (optional, but useful for guiding the student with using the resources or for example, adding in information such as tutorial questions.)  Once you've filled in the details, press "Save".

e.  Click "Save Draft" on the right-hand side of the screen. 

7.  Adding or Deleting an Item on a List

To add an item to a list: (Please note: We recommend you add items to your list within the "Edit" list view and avoid using the "Quick add book" option to add list items).

a.  On the right-hand side of the page, you will see your bookmarked items.  You can search for bookmarks using the box marked "Find" or you can scroll through the bookmarks to find the one you need.  Click on the crosshairs and drag and drop the content into the correct section of the list.

b.  Click the "Reading Importance" link that is directly under the title of the resource you've just added.  Select either "Essential" (for items that students are expected to have read or complete) or "Recommended" (for supplementary or background readings or content).  It is very important that you add in a reading importance as it will allow Library staff to ensure that we have sufficient copies of items in stock.

c.  Click on "Edit Notes and Importance" to add in additional notes to the student (visible to all users) or to Library staff (visible only to Library staff).

d,  Click "Save Draft".

e.  Click "Publish" to make changes visible to students.

To delete an item from the list:

  • In "Edit" view, find the item you wish to remove and click the "Remove" link.
  • Click "Save Draft."
  • Click "Publish" to make changes visible to students.

8. Making a List visible to Students

When accessing the reading list for the first time via MyBeckett, 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 list" section 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.

9. Exporting your Reading List

You can export your Reading List to a CSV, RIS or PDF file.

1. Click on "My Lists" link at the top of the page.

2. Select the list you wish to export.

3. Click "View & Export"  on the top right if the screen and choose your preferred option.

Diversifying reading lists

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Page last updated: 23/07/2020

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