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Readings at JCU

How to get the most out of your subject readings at JCU

Why bookmarking?

Readings allows you to bookmark resources your students would find useful to read, watch or listen to as you find them, simply by clicking a button on your browser toolbar. These bookmarks can then be added to course resources lists, organised into categories and annotated to support your students' learning.

Bookmarking: add the button to your browser video

Watch the video (you can even start at around 2 minutes in to get the profile part) or follow the step by step instructions:
Tip: You can turn on closed captions to watch without sound 

Bookmarking: add the button to your browser step-by-step

 

 

 

To get started, open your preferred internet browser on your desktop or laptop computer.

Does your browser have the bookmarks bar showing? If not, you will find instructions for making this toolbar visible in three major browsers in the video above (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer)

Go to the Readings login page at readings.jcu.edu.au. You may find it helpful to bookmark this page in your browser, if you haven’t already.

Click the login button. You may be asked for your JCU UserID and password.  Select My Bookmarks from the navigation bar at the top.

Click the button labelled Install Bookmark Button.

Click Next.

Look for the button labelled Add to My Bookmarks in the pop-up window. Drag and drop this button from its window up to your own browser bookmarks bar (This is the step that varies slightly between browsers, so watch the video if you have any questions.

Once you’ve done that, click Next and Close.

Bookmark items for reading lists

Any published resource you would like to share with your students can be bookmarked. Most resources available online or with online records (such as a print book with an online catalogue record) can be bookmarked automatically using the browser bookmark tool. In other cases you may need to create a bookmark manually.

You can bookmark from One Search and other online sources.

Once you have collected bookmarks you can then build readings lists with these items. You can collect digital bookmarks that can include links to subscription articles, documents, textbooks, eBooks, book chapters, media and websites.

You can bookmark your recommended text, put in your list, marked as required, so that students can download a citation record and find a library copy.

i.e. You may include print only resources that are not digitised/scanned. Reading lists items can be a starting point for students to go and locate print items for themselves. 

You're bookmarks remain in your account so can bookmark resources to add to a list in future.

Before you start, install your Bookmark button (see above)

It is easiest if you open two tabs in your web browser (or show windows side-by-side):

  • Readings platform via LearnJCU or direct
  • Library collection from One SearchDatabases, or eJournals, or
    another online source (e.g. publishers’ or government websites, or other authoritative source)

Open the library collection site in another tab (from jcu.edu.au/library).

Bookmark items from any website, the above locations are highly recommended as the most reliable source of most items.
 

Bookmarking: best practice

  • Bookmark books and articles from Library Search or databases where possible
  • Bookmark resources from the individual record view - not the results list nor a PDF
  • Always check the details that have been captured. Are they accurate and sufficient for referencing? If not, you can manually add fields and/or edit contents
  • When your resource is a book chapter, bookmark the entire book and add a new tab for the chapter details, these will need to be entered manually. alternatively you can add a student note with the chapter details. 
  • Electronic resources must have the Online Resource box ticked. If a window labeled Online Resource pops up, click OK to accept the default navigation option

Bookmarking: add items from One Search

You can bookmark from the One Search and other online sources.

Your reading list is a collection of digital bookmarks that can include links to subscription articles, documents, textbooks, eBooks, book chapters, media and websites.

You can include the recommended text in your list, marked as required, so that students can download a citation record and find a library copy.

You can also bookmark resources to add to a list in future.

Before you start, install your Bookmark button (see above)

Open two tabs in your web browser (or show windows side-by-side):

  • Readings platform via LearnJCU or direct
  • Library collection from One Search, Databases, or eJournals, or
    another online source (e.g. publishers’ or government websites, or other authoritative source)

Open the library collection site in another tab (from jcu.edu.au/library).
Alternatively, open another online source page.

  • Search for a resource
  • Open resource
  • Click on your bookmark button to bookmark this resource
  • Check the metadata that is brought across for completeness

 

Select Create & Add to List to open a pop up window prompting you:

 

  • To select the list to which you’d like to add the new bookmark (choose from dropdown menu)
  • To position the new item on the list (top or bottom of the list)
  • To add a note for students (optional). Enter the chapter number of book chapters in this box.
  • To add a note for the library (optional)
  • Select the importance of the resource from the dropdown box
    • Required resources – it is essential that students must read these resources
    • Additional resources – these resources complement required resources
  • Click OK
  • Reopen My Lists and save the draft list, then publish the list in order for any changes to be visible to students.
    • Most recent bookmarks are visible through the My Bookmarks tab, and in each list by selecting Edit and Edit list.

How do I get a book chapter I need digitised into my list?

This procedure can be used for any item you want to add to your list that is not available online:

For items that you need digitised from the library (most commonly book chapter) follow these steps:

  • Find the book in One Search, if we do not have a record for the book you can add the book from Amazon, or elsewhere. 
  • Use the Add to My Bookmarks button on your browser bookmarks bar to add the book
  • When you have the screen open to add the book select the final item from the Add menu at the bottom of the screen (Has part...)
  • Select the item type of Chapter
  • You will need to edit the name of the chapter as it won't have come across from the library catalogue
  • Add information such as Author, and pages using the Add menu at the bottom of the screen.
  • Select Create and Add to List  (the item needs to be on a list in order to request digitisation)
  • Go to the list and select the Edit menu, then select Edit (classic) 
  • Find the item you want scanned
  • Select Request Digitisation (note this will only appear on items with the resource type articles, books or book chapters)
  • Confirm all the details (especially those with an *), you can even attach a good quality pdf of the item if you already have it and this will speed up the process. select Next,
  • On the second page enter the needed by date, this should be at least one week before the reading is actually required. 
  • On the final page select Submit
  • If you now Publish your list again, your digitisation will appear when the scan is finalised (you receive an email notification when this happens
  • In most cases you will see an immediate confirmation and you only need to wait for the digitisation to appear. You may see a different message if the item is already being used in other subjects and has reached the limit for copying. Contact the library for information if you are not sure what the message means.

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