What are Online Reading Lists? What are Online Reading Lists?

Talis is the UEA's online reading list system.  It allows you to gather together a wide range of learning resources in a single easy to access online location.

The Online Reading Lists system has a number of advantages.

  • Your students can easily access their reading, allowing them to stay up to date with their studies and better engage with your teaching.
  • It integrates with Blackboard, allowing you to easily link your reading list to your Blackboard course.
  • You can request digitised scans of book chapters and journal articles, which will be provided for you by the Library.
  • Your reading list will automatically be sent to the Library, allowing the Collections team to purchase the resources to support your teaching.
  • You can quickly and easily update your reading list to reflect developments in your field or changes in course content.

This page is a quick start guide to using the Talis Online Reading Lists system.  You can find more detailed information and helpsheets on our Help and Training page, or you can email us at Lib.Reading@uea.ac.uk with any questions or to organise a training session.

Sign in and Create a Profile Sign in and Create a Profile

If this is your first time working with Online Reading Lists, you’ll need to create a profile. To access the system, go to http://libreading.uea.ac.uk

We strongly recommend using the Google Chrome web browser when working with Talis reading lists.

Click Log In in the black toolbar and enter your usual UEA username and password, then click Create Profile once you’re logged in.

Enter your name and email address.

Choose a description

Under Privacy, choose My profile is public. This will allow lists to be assigned to you and students to search for your lists.

Click Save profile.

You can access your profile at any time by clicking on your name in the black navigation toolbar at the top right of the screen.

Creating a Reading List Creating a Reading List

If you're creating a reading list for a new module, or are working on a existing module that doesn't have a reading list, follow these instructions to get started.

Creating a blank list

Click on My Lists, then the Create new list button in the top right.

You'll need to enter the following details:

  • List name - This should be the same as the module name unless there's a good reason to do otherwise
  • Description - Optional, but this can include more details about the module or list
  • Hierarchy - Click Select Hierarchy and search for your module code or name, click on the relevant module can click Save
  • Year - Chose the correct academic year

Click Create list to save your list. 

Your first step should be to do to Edit Assign list owner, and the Assign list owner pop-up message below will display.

Click in the search box, and chose the “Assign to me” option, and click Save. Students will be able to find the list by searching for your name, and the Library will know who to contact with any questions about your reading list.

Template Weekly Reading List

We have created a template reading list structured for a 12 week semester you can use as a starting point for your own reading lists.  The template can be found here.

To use this template, go to Edit > Copy, and change the list name to that of the module you're creating the list for.  You will also want to delete the text in the description field.  Click Create List once you've finished.

Adding Items to your Reading List and other changes

Please see our Help and Support page for helpsheets on adding items to your reading list, and a range of other common reading list tasks.

Checking for existing lists Checking for existing lists

If you're taking over teaching on an existing module, there may already be a reading list for the module on Talis.  To find if there are any lists that have already been created, click Home then search for the module name or code.

Select the list (it may be a List or a Draft List) and once it opens, click + My Lists near the top right hand corner. From now on, the list will appear under the My Lists heading in the top navigation bar.

You will need to take ownership of the list so that the Library knows who to communicate with. There can only be one owner, although you can invite other colleagues to edit the list.  We recommend that the Module Organiser takes ownership.

You can do this by clicking Edit > Assign List Owner, clicking in the search box, and choosing Assign to me. Your name will then appear at the top of the list.

Please email lib.reading@uea.ac.uk if you would like to check whether a list already exists for your module or if you would like help taking ownership of it.

Viewing a List Viewing a List

You can search for reading lists via the search box on the home page of the Talis site.

Click the title of a reading list to view it.

Click the title of any item on the list to see more details about it and its library availability. If the item has a View Online button next to it, you can also click this to be taken straight to the resource on the Web.