I love digital. I read ebooks. I put all of my pdfs and word documents into Evernote for future and portable reference. But there is one thing that a physical document like a book has over its digital counterpart (OK, maybe more than one.) A physical document is much harder to lose. For many, their to-read list is the stack of books on their bedside table. If you are doing research, you grab all the books you need, throw them on the kitchen table or on a specific book shelf and start working through them. A digital document is much harder to keep track of.
The folks at Follett Software, the company that developed our library cataloguing software thought of this and have developed a feature that helps you keep track of your reading. Reference lists can organize any number of lists of catalogue references to physical books, web pages and online database articles. Want to keep track of the next 10 library books you want to read without actually checking them all out? Create a list! Starting a research project? Create a list of all of the documents that you might want to refer to. It’s easy. Here’s how:
1) Log in to your Personal Library Account. (I showed you how to do this in a previous blog post.)
2) Click on the “My Info” tab.
3) Look for the “Resource Lists” menu item in the left sidebar and click on it.
4) On this page, you have the option adding lists in the upper right corner of the window or viewing lists already created. The page looks something like this. I have a couple of extra tabs at the top, but otherwise, your should look very similar.
I recognize that these images are a little on the small side. Click on them and they will open in a new window.
5) If you click on view list, you will get a version of the next window. Notice that your references are separated by: “Library Materials,” items available to be checked out of our library; “Web Sites,” pages that come from a vetted set of online pages deemed appropriate for school use; and “One Search,” online resources from paid(we have subscribed) and public sites. You can then choose to perform a number of functions on the list using the “I want to…” field or print citation lists and bibliographies. All citations are in MLA style and as is the case with most online citation generators, worthy of careful proofreading!
So, at this point, you know how to view and print your lists, but we don’t yet know how to add anything to a list. Luckily, this is the easy part of the equation. As long as you are logged in to your account, any time you are on the catalogue tab, you will have access to your reference lists. Search for a topic that you are interested in and next to each result, you will find the phrase “Add to this list.” Click on the link and the title will be added to the list that you have selected at the top of the results page. You can change lists by clicking on the drop-down next to “Selected List.”
As always, if you have any questions about this feature, please feel free to ask any of the Library staff. We are always happy to help out.