Skip to Main Content

Reading Lists

What is Talis?

Talis Aspire Reading Lists is the system the university uses to provide students with interactive resource lists for their modules - whenever, wherever, and however they need them. By including direct weblinks to online resources, displaying live availability of the library's print collection, and allowing students to make notes and set reading intentions, Talis Aspire Reading Lists provide 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 have not used Talis before or would like to refresh your skills, these pages will help you to get started. Alternatively, you can ask specific questions about Talis or request a 1-to-1 training session with a library colleague by emailing The leaflet below gives a quick overview of the steps required to create a reading list.

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.