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Module Reading Lists

A guide to Module Reading Lists for students and lecturers.

Welcome to your online reading list

tals company logo Module Reading Lists are interactive lists of core, recommended and additional reading for HE modules across the university, providing a single point of access to:

  • real-time information on library book availability
  • easy links to online resources, including eBooks, articles, databases
  • videos from sites like Lynda.com, youtube and other multimedia
  • freely available resources that your lecturer has chosen
  • the ability to save your most frequently used lists and other personalisation features detailed in this guide

You may occasionally hear someone refer to it as 'Talis' or 'Aspire', which is basically the same thing. Talis is the company who provides the Reading List software.

Creating a Profile

Creating a user profile only takes a few minutes and opens up a number of features that are not available to guest users.

When you login for the first time, select 'Create User Profile' and follow the on-screen instructions.

Further details and screenshots can be found in this short guide.

Getting started with your list

 There are various of materials on reading lists, here is an introduction to some of the main ones.

Print books

When you click on a title of a book, the display expands to show location and availability details. Click on the availability to see the Shelfmark in Multisearch.

print book availability

View Online

Whenever you see 'view online' or 'available online', this indicates a direct link to an electronic version. This includes ebooks, journal articles, digitised chapters and websites. For subscribed resources, you may be asked to login before viewing. 

view online example

Filtering lists

If you are studying off-campus, you might only want to view resources that are available online immediately. There are a number of filters in the menu at the top of each list that reduce the list to online content only.

facet menu options

Along with filtering by material type, you can also choose to view only the Core or Recommended reading. 

If you have set reading intentions against items on your list (see details below) you can also choose to show the items you have not yet read or currently reading.

The final option is to show only those items where you have taken personal study notes. 

Finding your lists

There are a few ways of finding lists in the system. You can browse the module hierarchy or easily search for lists using the module title or code.

As you start typing, the system will start suggesting lists and narrowing the results down the longer you type.

finding a list

As you type, you will see that there is a module and list. The reading lists are at list level, which sit inside the module. If you click on a module first, there is a then a further link to open the list.

It's likely that your lecturer will have embedded your reading list in Brightspace or perhaps sections of weekly reading in your module course materials. This can vary slightly depending on the course. 

If your list has not been embedded in Brightspace, you can also access the Module Reading Lists system from the Brightspace navigation bar which is visible in all HE modules.

brightspace navbar

Study notes

You can also make study notes against any item on your lists. These are personal notes which cannot be viewed by lecturers or librarians. To make notes you will have to login to the system, so it's important you have created a profile before doing so.

On the right-hand side of each item, there is a three dot menu. Click the menu to access the notes feature:

personal note option

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type your note and then click Save. The padlock indicates this is a private study note.

typing and saving a note

 

 

 

 

 

Along with viewing your notes within each list, you can access them from the top menu by clicking your name and then View Profile.

Other options

At the top of each list there are a number of other options in View and Export and My Lists:

further optionsRecent changes highlights any changes your lecturer may have made, such as additional weekly reading or new articles.

RIS lets you export the list in a format that can be uploaded to reference management software like RefWorks or EndNote

 

CSV export a comma seperated list which can be imported to excel.

PDF - List Download a printable version fo the list.

PDF - Bibliography Download a version suitable for referencing

The  + MY Lists feature lets you save a list for easy access in future. Once a list is saved you can find it in the top menu without having to search or browse. You have to be logged in to save lists.