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Reading lists: a guide for academics: Adding items

Adding items using the bookmarking tool (step-by-step instructions)


  1. Find the item you want to add to your list.
  • Use mySearch to find books and articles. It's important to bookmark items from mySearch whenever possible because it improves the functionality of the system.
  • Only use external sites (e.g. on Amazon or the publisher's website) for items we don't have available from the library.


  1. Once you're happy you've found the appropriate page, click on the Talis Aspire Reading List Bookmarking extension tool button. Where the extension is displayed will depend on your browser.



  1. This will open the item details page in Talis Aspire.

  2. Make any necessary changes by editing the fields or adding new ones. Once you're happy click on 'Create'.

  1. Go to your reading list and click 'Add a resource'. This option will appear when you hover your cursor over the part of the list you would like the item to be added.

  1. A list of recently bookmarked items will appear, with the most recent on top. You can also search for previously bookmarked items. Click on the item and it will be added to your list.

Adding items manually (step-by-step instructions)

If an item isn't available to bookmark on the web (e.g. obscure, out of print publications or websites that just don't allow it) then it's possible to create an item manually. Wherever possible use the bookmarking tool, which not only fills in item metadata automatically, it also increases the chances of students being able to locate the item and enables other system functionality including library holdings and acquisitions functionality.

To add items manually, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the 'My Bookmarks' tab, click on 'Add' and then 'Add manually'

  1. Read the guidance on the right hand side of the page.
  2. Ensure the correct 'Resource Type' is selected in the 'Resource Type' metadata field. A video from LinkedIn Learning for example would be classified under 'Audio-visual document'.
  3. If adding an article or book chapter, ensure the 'Part of (book, journal, etc.)' field is added. This will add a tab where details of the host publication can be added.
  4. Create and complete as many metadata fields as possible to help library staff and students identify the publication. A video from LinkedIn Learning, for example, would need a 'Title' and 'Web address'.
  5. For online resources, click the box at the bottom next to 'Online Resource:'. This will ensure the 'View Online' link is added to the reading list.
  6. Once satisfied that all the information needed has been recorded, click on 'Create'.

The item will be available to add to your reading list in the usual way (see steps 5 and 6 in the 'Using the bookmarking tool' section above).