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Reading Lists

COVID-19 update

COVID-19 has affected the rollover of reading lists for 2020. The Library will be contacting individual departments as and when modules have been signed off for 2020/2021.

Keep an eye out for emails from Library staff about updating your reading list and for webinars to support you in updating your reading list.

See more information on our rollover pages including FAQs about updating your list and how to find online resources to use in teaching.

What is Talis?

Talis Aspire Reading Lists provide an interactive resource list that allows students to access the correct materials - when, where, and how they need them. By providing links to online resources and displaying library availability as well as allowing them to make notes and set reading intentions, the lists allow for greater accessibility and interactivity for students.

The leaflet below details the benefits of using Talis Aspire Reading Lists, including information on the digitisation service.

If you are new to Talis or would just like a refresher, these pages will help you to get started. Alternatively, you can request a 1-to-1 appointment by emailing

N.B. Members of staff at our Southend Campus should email to get their lists set up on Talis.

What makes a good reading list?

Reading lists created using Talis can transform how students interact with their modules' assigned resources.  The best practice guide below, created with contributions from University of Essex students and academic colleagues, gives information and top tips on how to get the most out of your reading list.