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Course Resources @ AUT

A guide to Course Resources for students and lecturers.

Instructions and best practice

If you are up to this step, it is expected that you have already installed the Talis Aspire extension or the Add to My Bookmarks button.


To use the tool for bookmarking (adding resources to your reading lists for student access):

  1. Find the resource you want to add to your list.
  2. Click the installed bookmarklet tool (extension or button).
  3. Check the information generated, and edit or Add field(s) manually if necessary.
  4. Click Create or Create & Add to List at the bottom of the screen.

Create will save the resource to "My Bookmarks" in Course Resources, for later use.

Create & Add to List will save the resource, and prompt you to select a reading list/ section to add to:

  1. Use the first two dropdowns to choose the reading list and section.
  2. Optionally, add notes and set an Importance level.
    Note for student is used for interacting with students (e.g., telling them to read before class, or use in assignments).
    Note for library is used for book purchasing, or relocation (i.e., to Main collection, or Short Loan (2 Hours/ 3 Days)).​ 
  3. Click OK to save it to your list.

Any resource that is available online or has an online record can be bookmarked. However, it's important to note that the webpage you bookmark from can affect the quality and amount of information (metadata) in the record that you add to your lists. Students may use the record for referencing, so...

For general best practice:

The Course Resources Support Guide and Legal Materials Guide (left) are also helpful.

Online resources

To use the full eBook, search in Library Search and bookmark from the eBook record, e.g., this.


To use a specific chapter (especially from ProQuest eBooks):

  • Either: Add the full book and leave a Note for students to specify the chapters they need to read.
  • Or: Add a direct link to the chapter:

  1. Find the eBook record in Library Search.
  2. Under the Table of Contents, click Read online next to the chapter, then click the bookmarklet tool.
  3. On the metadata page that appears, click the Add field dropdown, select Has part (chapter, article, etc.)..., then Add.
  4. Choose Chapter as the resource type, and fill in the chapter details in the box that appears.
  5. Create or Create & Add to List as normal.

Note: If another chapter is required from the same eBook, you must go back to the Table of Contents, and repeat steps 2–5.

To use electronic journal articles:

  1. Search for the article using its title or keywords in Google Scholar.
  2. From the results list, click AUT articlelinker to the right of the required article if it's available.
    If not, click the available link and follow the instructions for PDFs or websites.
    If no links are available, click into the record to bookmark. You may also want to request a scan.
  3. AUT articlelinker shows you a list of where the article is available in our subscribed databases.
    Click the link to your preferred database, and bookmark from the record that appears.

To use electronic newspaper articles:

  1. Search for the article using its title or keywords in the Newztext database.
  2. Click into the link under Title to go to the full article, e.g., this.
  3. Click the bookmarklet once the page has loaded.

To use a video online (e.g., in YoutubeKanopy, LinkedIn Learning), bookmark from the webpage.

On the metadata page:

  • Change the resource type to Audio-visual if incorrect, and add any details for referencing. 
  • Make sure that the Online Resource box is ticked.

To use a website, simply go to the website and click the tool to bookmark.

Note: Sometimes, the Add to My Bookmarks button may not recognise the page, or the webpage may lack usable metadata. This can be easily fixed by manually filling in the extra details.

To use a PDF online, simply go to the webpage and click the tool to bookmark.

Note: Sometimes, the Add to My Bookmarks button may not recognise the page, or the webpage may lack usable metadata. This can be easily fixed by manually filling in the extra details.

PDF documents are very similar to websites. The only difference is that, while websites automatically check the Online Resource box, you may have to manually check this for a PDF document.

Certain legal databases may follow different procedures, as permanent links to the resource can be hidden.

Our Law Liaison Librarian has put together the resource below for all things Law related. For any queries, please get in touch with her.

Physical resources

To use the whole book, if:

  • we own the book, bookmark from the Library Search record, e.g., this.
    This is the best, as the availability of the book in our Library will be displayed on your list. 
  • we do not own the book, bookmark the record from the WorldCat database, e.g., this
    Alternatively, other sites that provide a good record of the book, such as Amazon, will also work.

To use a specific chapter:

  1. Find the full book from the recommended locations above, and click on the bookmarklet tool.
  2. On the metadata page that appears, click the Add field dropdown, select Has part (chapter, article, etc.)..., then Add.
  3. Choose Chapter as the resource type, and fill in the chapter details in the box that appears. 
  4. Create or Create & Add to List as normal.

Follow instructions to Request scans (digitisation), if required. Limited to the larger of 10% or one chapter.

To use physical journal articles (i.e., only available in print):

  1. Find the journal from Library Search or WorldCat (or the reference from Google Scholar) and use the bookmarklet tool.
  2. On the metadata page that appears, click the Add field dropdown, select the Has part (chapter, article, etc.)... option, then Add.
  3. Choose Article as the resource type, and fill in the article details in the box that appears (you may need to add more fields).
  4. Create or Create & Add to List as normal.

Follow instructions to Request scans (digitisation), if required. Limited to one article per issue, unless on same subject.

To use physical newspaper articles (i.e., only available in print):

  1. Find the newspaper from Library Search or WorldCat, and use the bookmarklet tool.
  2. On the metadata page that appears, click the Add field dropdown, select the Has part (chapter, article, etc.)... option, then Add.
  3. Choose Article as the resource type, and fill in the article details in the box that appears (you may need to add more fields).
  4. Create or Create & Add to List as normal.

Follow instructions to Request scans (digitisation), if required. Limited to five articles per issue.

If it is a physical DVD, search in Library Search and bookmark from the DVD record.
This will create a record that shows the availability of the DVD in the Library. Unfortunately, we currently cannot digitise DVDs.

Manual bookmarking

Can't find a good page to bookmark from, or the tool doesn't work?

As a last resort, you can create bookmarks manually.

Here are some quick instructions from the support guide that show you how to create a manual bookmark, and add extra metadata (skip to the last section).

Importing from Endnote

Another way you can add resources is by importing your Endnote Library. Check out these slides for quick and easy instructions to do so.