How can we improve Talis Aspire Reading Lists?

customisation of the reference management software used in the export button

Currently, clicking the export button in a reading list defaults to either saving an RIS file, or opening in EndNote.

I suggest that the functionality of the button should be customisable to reflect the preferred institutional reference management software.

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Kirsty Wallis shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded  · 

I’m closing this idea as we have now enabled Refworks direct export from a reading list as well as “My Bookmarks”. We will not be investigating Endnote support unless there is a demand for it. We will however, look at addresssing the capability to turn off the export to refworks option where not applicable


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  • Laura Unwin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We use Endnote Version X5 for Windows but are in process of upgrading to version X6. It is only available on networked pc's and students have to purchase it if they want to use it off campus.

  • Laura Unwin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    For Endnote our students can only access this on university pc's and for Refworks they have their own unique accounts so it does not sit behind authenticated access. Laura - University of Leicester

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would be very much more user friendly for students than RIS import, which means nothing to the average undergraduate. I agree with Peter that it would assist with academic engagement too.

  • Peter Gledhill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would be very useful for us as RefWorks users and Aspire implementors. Also, on a related point, he option to use RefWorks databases to build reading lists is a selling point for academic engagement.

  • Paul Stainthorp commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes. I'm very keen to see Talis improve the facility exporting items from reading lists out to reference management software. At the moment, it's only possible to export an entire reading list in one go, and only as a .RIS download.

    I'd like you to offer customisable options to export to different ref man formats, including RefWorks Direct Export. I'd also like you to make it possible to export individual items one-by-one.

    I think that 'smart' export to ref man software should be seen as basic behaviour for *any* software aimed at academic libraries, not as an optional add-on, and this change would significantly improve the experience of Talis Aspire for our users.

    Disclaimer - I've emailed the LIS-REFWORKS-UK mailing list to try and drum up support for this idea amongst fellow RefWorks/Talis Aspire users.

  • Lucy Clifford commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be great if the Export Citation function worked like e.g. EbscoHost so you get a choice of saving a RIS file or direct import into RefWorks, Endnote web etc. The list of option offered by the EbscoHost export is as follows.

    Direct Export in RIS Format (e.g. CITAVI, EasyBib, EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager, Zotero)
    Generic bibliographic management software
    Citations in XML format
    Citations in BibTeX format
    Citations in MARC21 format
    Direct Export to RefWorks
    Direct Export to EndNote Web

  • AdminIan Corns (Talis) (Admin, Talis) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Ok, got you.

    AFAIK - For software locally installed, this is just a case of associating the ris file extension to the app, which is a local config issue. For web-based citation tools, I'm fairly sure RefWorks has an API framework for this sort of thing. Would be something could look into.

  • Kirsty Wallis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    it is importable as far as I know - but I was referring to making it talk directly to a preferred software.

    There should be a way to link the button to a piece of software so it goes directly to refworks for example and lets you log in before putting the references straight into your personal space.

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