The Library provides access to all sorts of information resources to support your learning and research. You can search all of our collections through the Library Catalogue, or learn more about different types of information resources below.
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Reading List Service
In preparation for Semester II, we are providing in-person training sessions on the Reading List Service. The specific training dates are provided below. Book a place by clicking on the relevant link.
Why Use the Reading List Service
The Library's reading list support service integrates:
- Reading Lists
- Blackboard (with integrated off campus access to resources)
- Library database and fulltext resources
- Library acquisition of e-books / print books & chapter scanning
Steps in Using the Reading List Service
(Online tutorials for each step are available below)
- Log into reading lists and create a user profile ( please select 'public' option).
- Create your reading list and add required sections - see p2 of our Reading List Guide or view our Creating and Structuring your Reading List Tutorial
- To start adding resources, install the Talis Bookmark Extension to your browser
- Add books, e-books, chapters, journal articles, websites etc. to your draft reading list using the Talis Bookmark Extension. For assistance view our new Bookmarking from the Library Catalogue tutorial.
- Publish the reading list and add the link from the Blackboard module. See our one min tutorial.
- The Library will review the list, purchasing new books/e-books, digitising requested chapters & articles not available online.
Install the Talis Bookmark Extension
- Locate the Talis Aspire Reading Lists Bookmarking extension in the Chrome web store.
- Click Add to Chrome. A popup will appear confirming you'd like to add the extension to your browser
- Click Add extension. You should now see the Talis logo appear along side your other extensions (such as Endnote).
- The first time you attempt to use this extension it will prompt you to select your institution - click the dropdown and select University of Galway from the list, then click Save.
- Finally you can click on the Pin icon to make Talis extension icon visible on your Browser bar
Bookmarking from the Library Catalogue (updated process)
See our new Bookmarking from the Library Catalogue tutorial. Instructions also provided below.
- Go to www.library.universityofgalway.ie
- Search for your book on the Library Catalogue.
- Once the book is located, click on the title to display the full book details.
- Click on the Talis Bookmark Extension you have installed.
- You will be automatically brought to the Bookmarking page in the Reading List System.
- Do a quick check of the bibliographic information to ensure accuracy (edit fields if necessary)
- If it an e-book make sure that the Online Resource box is ticked
- Click on Create and Add to List
- Select your reading list from the drop-down menu that appears
- Choose what section to add the book to and add notes for students at this point.
- Select if the book is for Student Purchase/Core OR Recommended.
- Click on OK to finish
Bookmarking a Journal Article (updated process)
We request that where possible, you bookmark from the Library Catalogue for journal articles, instead of bookmarking from the database or journal publisher's website. This ensures that students will be prompted to log in only once, and also importantly ensures that your article has a permalink that will not be lost in case of publisher or IT security issues. There will be some exceptions where you may need to bookmark directly from the publisher's platform.
- Locate your article through the Library catalogue (or if necessary the database/publisher website)
- Once the article is located click on the journal title and open the article record on the Library Catalogue
- Click on the Talis Extension Button.
- Carry out a quick check of the bibliographic fields displayed - you can amend the article details.
- Make sure the Online Resource box is ticked.
- Click on Create and Add to List. Choose your Reading List and add to the appropriate section with required notes etc.
- Click on OK to finish and continue adding resources
Reading List Support Materials
Our Introductory Reading List Guide covers all the basics for getting started.
Our full Reading List Guide provides a detailed overview of all elements of creating and managing your online reading list.
Our Reading List FAQs addresses a number of common questions e.g. Can I link a reading list to more than one module? Can a reading list be shared? etc.
For information on the Library's Digitisation Service scanning limits please refer to our course guidelines for Course Material Digitisation.
We have created a number of online tutorials that cover the main elements of setting up and publlishing your reading list.
Creating and Structuring a Reading List
This tutorial demonstrates how to login, create and structure your reading list using the New List Edit feature.
Bookmarking from the Library Catalogue (Talis Bookmark Extension)
Adding Resources and Publishing your Reading List
Elements of this tutorial have been superseded but the broad processes are still relevant:
- Installing the bookmark tool (superseded by Talis Bookmark Extension)
- Adding a print book, e-book, journal article, YouTube video to your reading list
- Editing and publishing your reading list
Linking from Blackboard to your Reading List
This tutorial demonstrates the final stage of creating a link from the Blackboard module to the reading list so that students can access the resource.
Installing the Add to My Bookmarks Button on Chrome (No longer supported - please see Install Talis Bookmark Extension above)
Best Practice for Reading Lists
Diversifying Reading Lists
A primary aim of the Library Strategy for 2021-2025 is to increase diversity in the Library's collections. In order to facilitate this inclusive collection building, we ask that academic staff consider the following when creating module reading lists:
- can you include more readings by minority academics and scholars?
- are these readings always optional or can some be made core?
- can you ensure that readings by minority writers and scholars are not only included when the topic is about marginalised groups?
- If this proves to be difficult, can you include readings about the lack of diverse representation in the subject area?
In order to assist academic staff we have created a list of resources on the complex process of diversifying reading lists.
The Library also welcomes suggestions for books on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion from students and staff. Please use our Suggest Books & Resources page to submit requests.
Reading List Principles
These are some simple guidelines:
- Have a clear reading list structure, with resources presented weekly, or by topic
- Use annotations where needed, pointing out key sections or clarifying page numbers e.g. "Chapter 2 gives a good overview of this topic".
- Set realistic expectations by indicating what is Core, Recommended, or Further Reading
- Be realistic with the amount of resources given, overly long lists can be overwhelming (see section below).
- The list should be reviewed annually. Books on your list will not automatically update when there is a new edition, so check you are up to date.
Reading List Usage
The View Button on the Reading List Module Page contains an Analytics option where you can see how many times students have accessed each item on the reading list. This tool can help identify list items for review or removal.
What is the best length for a reading list?
There are many opinions on this topic.
For reference the 2019 Sage Report, How are Students and Lecturers Using Educational Resources Today, surveyed students and academics and found some interesting responses.
- 52% of students would rather have a list that contained few but well defined sources (Sage, 2019, p. 11) rather than a very long list with lots of choices.
The study also found that:
- students commonly said they were overwhelmed with long lists
- academics also said they used short lists with a few items to act as a starting point and expected students to find additional literature using their own literature and searching skills (Sage, 2019, p.11).