Digital reading lists

Guidelines for registration of digital reading lists in Blackboard for the autumn semester 2019.

The digital reading lists connect the students directly to the resource, regardless of whether it is a book, article, website, etc. The course managers have the flexibility to organize the lists as they wish.

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Tips for setting up a digital reading list #

  • Start with something simple like a book, or searching for a few words from the title of an article.
  • Always search for a reference first to check if it already exists.

How to start? #

Log in #

  1. Log in to Blackboard (via Feide).
  2. Enter the course page you are responsible for.
  3. Open Reading list in the left menu.

Set up a reading list #

  1. Click Create it.
  2. Specify Title with subject code and subject name (eg TTK4215 Adaptive Control).
  3. Click Create.
  4. Select a template:
  • Obligatorisk/anbefalt (automatically sets up 2 sections - What is a section?)
  • Blank (here you must set up section(s) yourself by clicking New section)
  • 2 ukers kurs
  • 3 ukers kurs

Associate list to a course #

  • Click Associate list to link your reading list to the correct course.
  • Search for the course by course code or course name.
  • Choose a course from the search result list.

If you select Not Now, you can associate the reading list to the course at a later time by clicking (…) (located on the toolbar below the reading list's title) and selecting Manage course association.

Register references #

  1. Click on the blue + button (on the right) to open the registration field on the right hand side and start to register a reference.

If the registration field is not visible, click the + button each time you register a new reference.

Register a book or an article #

  1. Search for a reference in the Search field (under the Search-tab), by writing any word from the title or the author's name.
  2. Click on the magnifying glass.
  3. Click on the correct reference.
  4. Select which Section the reference should belong to in the drop-down menu. Click Add. (You can also drag and drop the reference in the correct section.)

Register a book chapter #

This is the procedure for registering one book chapter.

  1. Search the book (see Register a book or article) and select Add & Edit.
  2. Open the drop-down menu for Type to change from Book to Book Chapter.
  3. Fill in the fields for Chapter Title, chapter author, editor, start page and end page.
  4. Remember to click Save.

Do you need to register multiple book chapters?

Chapters in unstructured or larger parts of a book can be registered as one extended book chapter:

  1. Search the book (see Register a book or article) and select Add.
  2. Check tha the Type seleceted is Book, with the book title.
  3. Once you have saved, select the reference from the syllabus in the middle field, and click Add note under "Public note" and write which chapters are included (e.g. Chapters 3-6 or Pages 54-67).

Register a webpage #

To register a webpage, we recommend adding the Cite-it! button to your browser. You can also register a website manually (see Registering a reference manually).

NB. Web browsers operate differently. We recommend using Chrome.

Add Cite-it! button:

  1. Click on your name in the top right corner (in Blackboard).
  2. Click on Cite It! in the drop-down menu.
  3. Drag and drop the Cite It! link to the browser toolbar (The bookmarks bar must be active, Ctrl+Shift+B).

Register the webpage:

  1. Navigate to the webpage you want to add.
  2. Click on Cite it! link in the toolbar. A pop-up window will open.
  3. Select Type and edit as needed.
  4. Check off for adding the reference to List, select which reading list and which section you want the reference in.
  5. Click Add & Close.

Feel free to watch a short video in English explaining the process.

Register a reference that does not exist at the Library #

  1. Look for the reference online, for example, look for a book on Amazon.
  2. Follow the instructions Register a webpage.

Register a reference manually #

  1. Select the Create tab in the registration field on the right.
  2. Write Title. Select reference Type. Optionally fill in the Author and information as needed.
  3. Click Add.

A digital compendium is registered manually, with the Title «Digital compendium» and «Document» as Type.

When the reading list is ready #

To make the reading list visible, do the following:

1. Send list #

  • When all the references are registered, click on the Send list button.
  • The library receives the list and processes it.

NB. Use Send list every time you make changes!

2. Publish #

  1. You are now ready to publish the list.
  2. Click (…) on the toolbar below the title of the reading list. Screen picture from the reading list system showing the toolbar and an arrow to reading list options.
  3. Choose Publish.

Other options #

Edit a reference #

  1. Click on a reference from the reading list.
  2. Click Edit on the top right corner to change the reference information.
  3. Click Save.

Add collaborators #

Is there a need for more collaborators to register references in a reading list?

  1. Click on Collaborators in the field on the right side. (If you don't see it, then the registration field is open. Click X to close the registration field).
  2. Select Manage collaborators.
  3. Search for employees by writing their name or email address.
  4. Click Send Invitation.

Do you have problems registering collaborators? Contact pensum@ub.ntnu.no.

File upload #

NB. Files can only be uploaded in exeptional cases.

The exceptions are:

  • unpublished material that the author has written themselves, or obtained permission from other authors to upload; or
  • digital compendium provided by the NTNU University Library.

To upload a file:

  1. Open or create a reference.
  2. Drag and drop the file into the light blue field for file upload (scroll down if it is not visible) or click the field to search for a file.
  3. Check off the option that applies regarding the rights you have to upload the file.
  4. Click Save.

Import references from Zotero #

In Zotero:

  1. Select the relevant folder or reference.
  2. Right-click and select Export Collection.
  3. Save in RIS-format and click OK.

Go to your syllabus list and do the following:

  1. Click (…) under New section.Screen picture of the reading list system and arrow showing where to find the import option.
  2. Click Import.
  3. Select the RIS-file you saved from Zotero.
  4. Click Confirm. The references will now be added to the reading list.

Export a reading list #

To export a list into another format:

  1. Press (…) under the title of the reading list.
  2. Select Export.
  3. Select the format you want in the drop-down menu (e.g. Word, PDF or EndNote).

Useful videos #

Questions and answers #

What is a section? #

A section is a category for organizing the references in a reading list. 

Contact #

Contact pensum@ub.ntnu.no if you have any questions regarding digital reading lists or comments on how we can improve this page.

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