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You can take a look at your online reading list here, or take a look below for some FAQs on using the Talis Aspire Online Reading Lists system. We've also got a guide to using an online reading list available here.

If this page doesn't answer your questions please get in touch at and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions:

For most modules, you will find the link to your reading list in the left hand menu of the Blackboard site for that module. Click on the Reading List link to display your reading list.

For some modules, your reading list may be in a folder in Blackboard, in which case your reading list link will look something like the following with a green Talis icon next to it.

If you can't find your reading list on Blackboard, you can search for it from our reading lists home page by the module name or code. Check that the reading list is for the correct academic year if you're searching from the reading lists home page.

If you still can't find your reading list, get in touch with us at, and we'll see if we can find it for you.

While most modules have a reading list on Talis, some modules may not have a set reading list, or may not have had a reading list uploaded to Talis as yet. If you can’t find your reading list online, contact your module organiser, or email the Library at

Many reading lists are divided up into sections, either by week of teaching or topic.  You can jump to a section of a reading list by clicking on the Table of Contents menu, and picking a section from the list.

There are three importance categories for items on your reading lists:

  • Core - must read - You must read this item as part of your studies.
  • Further - helpful to read - This item is helpful to read, providing further information on the topics of the module.
  • Recommended for Student Purchase - Your lecturer recommends that you own your own copy of this item, as it is fundamental to the module.

While you can access the items on a reading list without logging in to the reading lists system, creating a profile will make a number of options available to you, including the ability to set reading intentions, make personal notes on your lists, or get notified when any broken link reports are resolved.

To log in, click on the Log In option in the black navigation bar at the top of your reading list. 

The Log In link will then change to Create a profile.  Click on this, and fill out the form to create a personal account on Talis.

While the Library tries to make as many items as possible available online, not every item is available digitally.  if you have problems getting in to pick up a physical book then get in touch with the Library Helpdesk, or see our page about our accessibility services.

Sometimes items are added to reading lists a bit late for the Library to obtain digital or print copies in time for teaching – if there are items with no copies available (digital or print), then please let your lecturer know.

If an item on your reading list is available digitally, you can click on the View Online button to access it.

You can also click on the title of an item to see more details about it, including where it’s available in the Library building, and how many copies are currently available for loan.

You can export your reading list in a range of formats.  Click on the View & Export button, and you can choose to download it as a PDF (useful if you need to print your reading list or access it when you’re offline), a CSV file (which can be opened as a spreadsheet), or as an RIS file which can be imported into most reference manager software.

If you are logged in to Talis, you can save an item from a reading list by clicking on the three dots to the right of an item, and clicking on the Add to My Bookmarks option.  This will save it to the My Bookmarks area of Talis for you.

If you want to be able to quickly access a reading list, you can click on the +My Lists button in the top right of a reading list. This will save a link to it in the My Lists area of Talis.

If you are logged in to Talis, you can set reading intentions for the items on a reading list. Click on the white circle to the right of an item, and you can set it to one of the following statuses.

  • Undecided
  • Will Read
  • Reading Now
  • Have Read
  • Won’t Read

This will add an icon next to the item so you can easily keep track of your progress through the list. These reading intentions are only visible to you, and can’t be seen by other users of the reading list, your lecturers, or the Library.

If you are logged into Talis, you can add personal notes to a reading list. Click on the three dots to the right of an item, and click on the Personal Note option.  You can then write your note – don’t forget to click Save to keep it. You can also edit an existing note the same way.

Sometimes a link to an item may not be working. You can let us know by clicking on the three dots to the right of an item, and clicking on the Report Broken Link option.

Screenshot of Talis showing report broken link button

You can then either just send us a quick report by clicking on the Report button, or use the Request a response and add more details to ask us to let you know when this issue has been fixed and provide any additional information about the problem you’re encountering.

Screenshot of Talis report broken link option

You can switch your reading list over to a particular referencing style by clicking on the Citation Style button at the top of your reading list. You can then pick the style you want from the list provided. If the citation style you need isn’t listed, get in touch with us at

Screenshot of Talis citation style option

If you have a question that’s not answered by these FAQs or are having any problems accessing your reading lists, please get in touch with us at


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