AskOnlineReadingListTool

From ASK

Creating, maintaining, distributing and using reading lists from year to year can be a time-consuming task for librarians, teachers and learners alike. With the online Reading List tool, you can:

  • Search online catalogues of resources
  • Add retrieved items to a reading list
  • Apply a range of styles to the list e.g. MLA, Harvard
  • Export the reading list as XML, HTML, RTF, PDF or Endnote files.

You can experiment with the askOnlineReadingListTool using the demo installation.

Contents

About

The tool allows you to:

  • Search catalogues and repositories simultaneously ('federated searching').
  • Find the full text of the resource through using your institutional Open URL Resolver service
  • Select items found through your search and add them to your own reading list.
  • Include in the reading list online resources and other items that lie outside catalogues and repositories.
  • Annotate the items on your list: for example, to inform students which chapters they should read in a particular book.
  • Export a reading list in RTF, PDF or HTML format
  • Export a reading list as an EndNote┬« library, in the format of your choice.
  • Import bibliographic references from your EndNote┬« library.

The Reading List screen

Getting Started

Please note that the online reading list software is BETA software. This means that it is still under development and updated versions will be released periodically. You can explore the Online Reading List tool hosted by the ASK project team. The software is open source so if you would like to install the latest version on your own servers then please contact the project team (we will distribute code to sourceforge at the end of the project). If you have any problems with the software, or would like new features added, please make contact.

Performing a search

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  • Select items from your search to add to your reading list and click the 'Add to reading list' button at the bottom of the results window.
  • When you have finished searching click the 'Reading list' tab at the top of the page.
  • Enter the details of your list in the boxes provided.
  • Save your list to the reading list repository.

Further actions

  • You can filter the results by entering a term into the filter box. The results will then display those items that contain the text you have entered in the title, author and keywords field, and the text you have entered in the filter box
  • To return to a full list of search results after they have been filtered click 'display all'.
  • To perform a new search enter your terms as before in the search boxes. The new search will be displayed in the results window but you can return to previous saerches by using the tabs along the top of the window.
  • To clear all your searches click 'clear all'.

Creating a reading list

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  • Enter your search terms into the boxes provided. These can be an author's name, the title of a book/journal, or keywords.
  • Select how many results you would like to be retrieved.
  • Click on 'search'.

The results will be displayed in the results window.

Further actions:

  • You can filter the results by entering a term into the filter box. The results will then display those items that contain the text you have entered in the title, author and keywords field, and the text you have entered in the filter box
  • To return to a full list of search results after they have been filtered click 'display all'.
  • To perform a new search enter your terms as before in the search boxes. The new search will be displayed in the results window but you can return to previous saerches by using the tabs along the top of the window.
  • To clear all your searches click 'clear all'.

Editing a reading list

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To edit a reading list after it has been created you must have saved it as a MODS XML file somewhere on your computer.

  • In the search window click on the 'Import' button
  • Select 'MODS XML' and browse to the file on your computer
  • Upload the file, close the selection window, and use the browser refresh button to refresh the results window.
  • To include all the items in your updated reading list, click the 'select all' button at the bottom of the results window, then 'add selected items to reading list'

You can now search for new items to add to the list. You can also edit existing details by clicking the 'Reading List' tab at the top of the page.