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Readings at JCU

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

What is Bookmarking?

  In Readings, a 'Bookmark' is a way to save information about a resource such as the title, author and date of publication and include any links to online versions or library holdings. 

These 'Bookmarks' are saved to your 'My bookmarks' section of Readings (only visible when logged in). They can also be added directly to a Readings list, or Readings list section.

To create a 'Bookmark' you must first install the Bookmark extension in your browser (instructions in the box below).

Anything that is available online (e.g. a journal article, web page or video) can be bookmarked. 

Physical items that have records online (e.g. a book in the library catalogue) can also be bookmarked - later you can request digitisations of print material.

You simply go to the resource (e.g. a journal article, or entry in the library catalogue) and click on your TALIS extension button (). Then follow the prompts. 

If you want to add multiple items to your bookmarks at once you can do so by creating uploading them as a RIS file (e.g. from Endnote, or as a file from OneSearch). Note, if you use this method you can not add the items directly to list. 

We have included more detailed instructions for bookmarking from various sources below. 

Adding the browser extension

The bookmarking extension allows you to save resources to your My Bookmarks or directly to a list.

Below are the instructions for linking to Edge, Chrome and Firefox.

Installing the bookmarklet extensions for Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Firefox

Bookmarking: best practice

  • Bookmark books and articles from Library Search or JCU 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.  
  • 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 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
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
    • Prescribed textbook - the prescribed textbook students are expected to purchase 
    • Recommended textbook - Further textbooks students may purchase
    • Required --  it is essential that students must read these resources
    • Additional  – 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.

Bookmark from EndNote export (RIS upload)

Part One: Export From Endnote

  • Open your Endnote Library
  • Select the references you would like to add to your bookmarks in Readings
  • Select File then Export
  • You will see a pop-up box (image below)
    • Name the file and choose where you want to save it
    • The File Type needs to be Text File (.txt)
    • Output Style needs to be RefMan (RIS) Export (Note if you don't see this option in the dropdown choose Select Another Style and search for RefMan, select choose to add to you options)
    • Once done select Save



Part Two: Import to Readings

  • Go to Readings and login
  • Select My Bookmarks
  • Choose Add dropdown
  • Choose Import Citations​
  • Select Browse and choose the file you just saved
  • Select Import
  • The references will gradually be added to you Bookmarks, you will receive an email when this is completed successfully

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