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Reading Lists

Editing lists

Guidance for Editing lists can be found on Talis' website. This guidance includes information about:

  1. Adding resources, paragraphs and sections to your reading list
  2. Moving items or sections within your list
  3. Editing an existing item, section or paragraph on your list
  4. Navigating your list while in edit
  5. Adding and editing notes on your reading list
  6. Requesting a digitisation
  7. View the list as a student

While this guidance is comprehensive, you may have questions or issues that aren't covered here. If that is the case, please contact the library at with some information about your query, or book an appointment with a library staff member to discuss. 

Please note that in order to add resources other than books to your reading lists (journal articles, videos, webpages, etc.), you need to install the Talis bookmarking extension on your web browser first. Instructions for this can be found on Talis' Bookmarking from your web browser page. 

Structuring a list

How should I structure my list?

How you structure your list is up to you. There is no uniform policy on how your reading list should be structured. If you're looking for ideas, many modules are structured by:

  • Week-by-week readings
  • Readings by topic 
  • Readings by importance
  • Readings by resource type (book, journal article, webpages, videos)
Structure templates

The library has created templates for week-by-week module structures if you would like to structure your lists in this way:

If you would like to make use of these structures, please email and we will set this up for you.


Importances indicate whether a resource is essential or non-essential reading. All essential readings on a reading list must have their importance set accordingly. This is so:

  • Students know which of their readings are essential
  • The library knows that electronic access is required and can determine adequate purchasing
  • The record for the module in the module directory accurately displays the essential readings for the module

Guidance for setting importances can be found on the Using Importances in Talis Aspire page on Talis' website.

Publishing and library reviews

When you have finished editing your reading list, you need to publish it so that students can access the list.

Publishing the list also sends a review to the library so that we can make sure that the resources are available. The library will contact module supervisors directly where there are issues with resourcing any items on a reading list.

NB: As it takes time for the library to receive new material (particularly print items), please bear in mind that reading list materials that need to be ordered will not be available for students to access immediately.