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Q: What browser should I use?

A: We recommend Firefox. You can also use Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari. For Microsoft Edge, an extension from talis is required.

In the odd case that the bookmark tool does not work, Java is probably disabled or not installed. To install, follow these steps: 

  1. Go to in the browser you want to use. 
  2. Download the most recent version.
  3. Follow the installation instructions. When prompted, say Yes to resetting security prompts.
  4. Restart browser when installation is complete. At this point you should be able to go to MyReadingList website and add the tool to the browser normally.
  5. Add the bookmarklet feature to your toolbar by dragging it. If you have problems moving it, check that Java is up to date on your device.


Q: My toolbar is not showing. What do I do?

A: You have to insert this into your browser manually. Depending on which browser you are using, this slightly varies.  

In Firefox:

  1. Click on Open menu on the top right.
  2. Select Customise.
  3. Select Toolbars at the bottom of the page.
  4. Thick Bookmarks Toolbar.


  1. Click on Library on the top right. 
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmarking Tools.
  4. Select View Bookmarking Toolbar.


In Chrome:

  1. Click More on the top right.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Thick Show bookmarks bar.

Alternatively, press Ctrl+Shift+B on your keyboard.


In Internet Explorer:

  1. Right-click on the top side of the browser window and a contextual menu will show.
  2. Select the Favourites bar option. Now the bookmarks bar will show beneath your tabs.


In Opera:

  1. Click on the Opera menu button on the top right of the browser.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Show bookmarks bar.


  1. Press Alt+P on your keyboard to open Opera Settings.
  2. Select Bookmarks bar.
  3. Check Show the bookmarks bar.


Q: My bookmarklet button stopped working. What do I do?

A: Your browser might be using a Privacy Badger or similar ad-blocker. If this is the case, you might need to give the bookmark tool specific permissions. You can also change to another browser. We recommend you use Firefox.


Q: How do I add a YouTube video to my reading list? 

  1. Locate the YouTube video you want to bookmark.
  2. Click on Share; the button is located below the video.
  3. Copy the video URL.
  4. Click on Add to My Bookmarks button on your toolbar.
  5. Paste the URL into Web address.
  6. Click Create & Add to List.

If you want to bookmark a YouTube video at a specific timestamp:

  1. Pause the video at the desired time.
  2. Click Share.
  3. Thick the box Start at.
  4. Copy the newly generated URL.
  5. Click on Add to My Bookmarks button on your toolbar.
  6. Paste the URL into Web address.
  7. Click Create & Add to List.


Q: I've accidentally deleted a field when bookmarking. What do I do now?

A: Please re-bookmark the resource, double checking that the fields are correct.


Q: How do I link my reading list to my module?

A: To link a reading list to your module:

  1. Open the list.
  2. Go to ‘Edit’, located on the top right-hand side of the screen.
  3. Select ‘Hierarchy and student numbers’. Here you can search for your module by either its code or name and link it to your list.
  • Please also add the student numbers if you haven’t done so already.


Q: Why is my module not listed in the hierarchy? When I want to link my reading list to my module, it is not there.

A: If your module is not listed in the hierarchy, please email any missing module codes with their module titles to


Q: How do I make my list available to my students?

A: Your reading lists created using MyReadingList will sit with your modules in BlackBoard by the start of the new academic year.

However, if you want to share your lists via URL, copy the link of the landing page for your list:

  1. Go to My Lists.
  2. Copy the link of this page. If you have more than one list, you will find all your lists here.
  3. Paste the link where relevant to share with your students.


Q: Can I copy a reading list?

A: Yes, you can copy a reading list and amend as required:

  1. Go to My Lists.
  2. Find the reading list you wish to copy.
  3. Click on Actions on the right and select Copy to a new list.
  • Please note: At the end of the academic year the reading list will automatically roll over for the new academic year, so the copy function is not required in this instance.


Q: Can I share a reading list if a module has multiple contributors?

A: Yes. If your module has more than one contributing academic, you can invite them to become publishers on the reading list:

  1. Open the reading list and select Edit.
  2. Select Invite List Publishers’from the List.
  3. Enter in the academic(s) email
  • An invite will then be sent to the academic(s).
  • Once accepted, the they will be able to edit and update the reading list.


Q: Can I link a reading list to more than one module?

A: Yes. If your reading list is being used by more than one module, add the module codes in the Hierarchy & Students search. Please also add in the students’ numbers for each module.


Q: Can I transfer my reading list from another institution?

A: Yes. If you have access to the list, you only need to export the list  from another institution and import it into MyReadingList@TCD. You can also import a reading list from another source, such as a citation manager like Mendeley or EndNote.

  1. Download the list in RIS format.
  2. Go to My Bookmarks.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Select Import citations.
  5. Add in the RIS file saved from your computer.


Q: Do I need to re-create my reading lists each year?

A: No. The reading list will automatically rollover during the summer. 

  • Please note: Only published reading lists will roll forward. If you are updating a reading list for the new academic year, ensure you publish it so that the most up-to-date version rolls forward.


Q: Why are some of my core books not available as e-books?

A: The library staff in charge of ordering material will always check for an e-book version if the book is listed as core. Unfortunately, many publishers that offer individual e-book purchase will offer limited or no e-book availability to libraries.


Q: If I make a mistake in a reading list, or if I decide to change content i.e. add or remove reading material, can I change specific items without discarding the entire list?

A: Yes. At any given time, you can edit your reading list.

Please note: Once you make changes to a reading list, any progress will be saved for yourself, but you must publish it again to make the changes visible for everyone else.


Q: Can I delete or unpublish my reading list?

A: Short answer, yes. In practice however, there is rarely a serious need to delete a published reading list. The link in the BlackBoard module can be removed to make the reading list inaccessible. If you do wish to delete a list please email (insert email here) with the module code and list name.


To remove a list:

  1. Go to My Lists.
  2. Click on the three vertical dots on the right-hand side of your reading list.
  3. Select Remove.
  • A message will pop-up asking you if you are sure you want to remove the list. This does not delete it completely from the MyReadingList@TCD database, from where you can add it back to My Lists at any time by clicking Add to My Lists from the list you removed.


Q: Will MyReadingList@TCD discourage students to do their individual, independent research?

A: Academics can collaborate with library staff and encourage students to engage with their reading lists, testing their ability to do independent research.
One way to combat your concern about spoonfeeding the students is an exercise where you provide incomplete reading lists and ask the students to recommend other relevant material. Alternatively, you could create lists containing only the title and have students populate it themselves. The University of Liverpool is a good example: one lecturer asked students to do independent research and add relevant resources to blank online reading lists. The outcome was that the resources/references they used doubled as opposed to when they didn’t have online reading lists. For more, see here.