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Reading Lists

What is Talis?

Talis Aspire is the university's reading lists management system. We use Talis to provide students with interactive resource lists for their modules - whenever and wherever they need them. By including direct weblinks to online resources, displaying live availability of the library's print collection, and giving students the option to add notes and set reading intentions, Talis provides students greater accessibility and interactivity with their course readings.

The leaflet below details the benefits of using Talis, including information on Talis' integrated digitisation service.

If you have not used Talis before or would like to refresh your skills, these pages will help you get started. Alternatively, you can ask specific questions about Talis or your reading list(s) by emailing the library at You can also request a 1-to-1 session with a library staff member using the appointment form available in this help guide.

The leaflet below gives a quick overview of the steps required to create a reading list.

What makes a good reading list?

Talis reading lists can transform how students interact with their modules' assigned resources. The best practice guide below—created with contributions from Essex academic staff and students—gives information and top tips on how to get the most out of your reading list(s).