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Reading lists 

My job as an educator is making sure that my students have tools they need to learn. Anything I can do to help students learn is worthwhile... when students are learning effectively their work is of a higher quality, so from my perspective it is a win-win situation!

Dr Caitlin Milazzo, Assistant Professor, School of Politics & International Relations


Online reading lists allow academics to guide students to relevant material to support their studies. We use the Talis Aspire software to manage reading lists.

An online reading list ensures that students have easy access to materials to support their course from wherever they are. It also gives academic staff the freedom to create and update their lists whenever they need, without having to separately inform UoN Libraries of purchase requirements.

All lists for semester 1 must be edited and published by 1 August to ensure resources are in place for your students for the start of term. Semester 2 lists need to be edited and published by 1 December. 

We have now created a copy of all your existing online reading lists ready for use in 19-20. This year, in response to academic demand, all new copy lists have been given a status of “draft” so that they cannot be viewed by students until you have checked and published them. 

Online reading lists can also be accessed from  Moodle.

We've made improvements to the student online reading list experience by upgrading to a better designed interface and easier to use functionality. To help students get the most out of their reading lists put together by their lecturers we’ve produced some online advice. For an introduction to our new student interface here is a video from our supplier Talis, it’s a couple of minutes long and is a handy way of getting used to the reading list environment.

Reading List Support Service

To support you in creating a new online reading list, or to maintain and update an existing one, we are now offering a Reading List Support Service via a dedicated email box. We will set up a list for you and help you to get your readings on to it – or help you to amend an existing list if you are unsure how to edit. Contact us now to avoid the rush later in the summer.

What to do

Contact our service and we will get back to you within three working days:

Contact us at the Reading List Support Service

Getting started

Search for your reading list Download our guide to creating an online reading list (PDF) Watch our video tutorial on How to Create a Profile (1:07mins) Watch our video tutorial on How to Create a New Reading List (1:37mins) Sign up for Online Reading List Essentials for University Staff  Learn more about our new More Books Suggestion Service

Scanning Service

We can scan book chapters, journal articles and other extracts for your reading list. It is a great way to make selected readings more accessible for your students. 

To find out more: See our Scanning Service webpage Contact us at the Scanning Service

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