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Getting the Most out of your Online Reading List


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A guide to using Reading Lists @ Gold for students at Goldsmiths, University of London

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Getting the Most out of your Online Reading List

  1. 1. Getting the Most out of your Online Reading List A Guide for Students at Goldsmiths, University of London
  2. 2. Finding your list We advise academics to link to lists through the VLE. If you can’t find it there: 1. Go to and login using your Goldsmiths Username and Password 2. Type in the module title – if that doesn’t work try the module code 3. If nothing comes up talk to your lecturer – the list may not be on the system
  3. 3. Skip to the Section you want Depending on the subject some lists can be quite long. Rather than scroll down you can open the ‘Table of Contents’ and select the section you want
  4. 4. Accessing Online Resources We try to acquire all materials marked as essential in electronic format. This isn’t always possible but where we have online access to at least a chapter you should see the blue ‘Online Resource’ button. If you can’t access something via the Online Resource link please drop us a line at and let us know
  5. 5. Click on a title to expand further details, such as how many copies of a book are in the library and where you can find them Opening full item details
  6. 6. Turning on a Citation Style By clicking on the Citation Style button you can reconfigure the list to appear in the referencing style you need.
  7. 7. Create a collection of Reading Lists • If you’re logged in you will see a button saying ‘Add to My Lists’ in the top right hand corner of your list. • Press this and the list you’re looking at will be added to your ‘My Lists’ tab for easy access in future.
  8. 8. Keep track of what you’re reading If you’re logged in, you can click the circle beside each item to mark your reading intentions. This will let you filter lists down to items you: • ‘Have read’ • Are ‘Reading now’ • Have decided you ‘Will read’ • Have decided you ‘Won’t read’ • Haven’t decided anything about
  9. 9. Putting notes on items on your list Beside the ‘Read Status’ button you can click the three dots to add a personal note to an item. Any items you put a note on will automatically be saved to your ‘My Bookmarks’ tab. Notes are also saved to your profile.
  10. 10. Filtering the full list There are a number of ways you can filter the list: - Reading importance (As assigned by your lecturer) - Reading intentions (as assigned by you) - Online Availability You can also use the ‘search’ box to filter a list by a keyword
  11. 11. Exporting lists for referencing If you open the ‘export’ menu you will be given various options for exporting your list: • Export citations This will let you export the list to referencing tools like Endnote and Zotero via a .RIS file. We recommend googling guidance on importing .RIS files to the referencing tool you use. • Export to Refworks This allows you to export the list to Refworks • Export to CSV This allows you to export the list as a spreadsheet for Excel • Export to PDF This will export the list as you see it on the screen into a PDF – when exporting from the normal list view it will include any private study notes you’ve added
  12. 12. Creating a collection of bookmarks As we’ve already mentioned, any item’s you put a note on get added to your bookmark library. You can also do this by opening an item and pressing ‘Add to My Bookmarks’ It will then be accessible in your ‘My Bookmarks’ tab In the ‘My Bookmarks’ tab under ‘Add’ you can also use the ‘Quick add book’ tool to find and add books which aren’t on your reading list. Simply type in the author, title or ISBN and see what comes up.
  13. 13. Exporting saved bookmarks for referencing There are two steps to exporting items from the ‘My Bookmarks’ tab as references 1. Select the items you want to export (you can select all using the check box at the top) 2. Go to the ‘Action’ Menu and select ‘Export citations’ or ‘Export to RefWorks’ The ‘Action’ menu also gives you the option of removing items from the ‘My Bookmarks’ tab.
  14. 14. Thank You for Reading If you have any questions about the content of your list, the best person to speak to is your lecturer. If you have any questions or feedback about using Reading Lists @ Gold as a system contact us at and we will do our best to help. If you are having trouble accessing a specific item on your reading list why not contact us on LibChat and we’ll see what we can do to help .