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Reading lists 

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.

Online reading lists can also be accessed from Moodle and the Portal.

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


Reading List Support Service

  • The University is committed to ensuring that all taught courses have online reading lists in Moodle.
  • Online reading lists are a key driver of library purchasing, helping us to ensure that students have access to the resources they need, to ensure the best possible learning experience and outcomes.
  • The Library is leading on supporting Schools and colleagues in the creation and maintenance of online reading lists.

The new 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.

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

Watch our video to see how reading lists are being used (4:27mins)What do students think about online reading lists? (2:48mins)Search for your reading listDownload 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 StaffContact us at the Reading List Support Service 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 webpageRead our recent blog postContact us at the Scanning Service

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