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 and discipline (e.g. Academic in Arts)

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

(You can ignore the Gravatar box, the system doesn’t require you to have one.)

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 (2017/18)
  • Anticipated student numbers - Enter the number of students enrolled on or predicted for the module

Click Create list to save your list.  You'll then be taken through to your new empty reading list, and prompted to Search for list owner.  Click I am list owner, and you should see you name added under the title of the 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 sections

You can start to add items to this empty list immediately, but we would recommend adding some sections to give it structure.  This can be done to divide up weekly reading, organise reading by topic, or otherwise arrange your reading list in a way that suits your teaching.

Use the crossbow icon next to the New Section bar to drag it into your list and release it where you want the section to start. Name the section, add a note if you wish and click OK. The section will appear in your list, ready for you to add items to. Click Edit at any time to edit the section name and notes.

You can create sub sections by dragging and dropping a new section into the section you’ve just created and so on. To check that your structure appears properly, click [show] next to Table of contents at the top of the list to see the outline in full. You can use the crossbows here to re-order sections. Click [hide] when you’re finished.

Click here for a short video about using Sections.

Adding items to your list

There are a couple of initial set up steps required for you to add items to a reading list for the first time.  Please see the Adding items to your Online Reading List helpsheet for full instructions on how to do this.

Saving your work

If you need to stop working on your list, click Save Draft to save what you’ve done so far, then you can leave the Online Reading Lists site. When you’re ready to start again, click My Lists, open the list you were working on and click Edit > Edit List to go back into the Editing screen.

Publishing the list

When you’ve finished creating your list, click Publish at the top of the editing sidebar. You will be prompted to enter anticipated student numbers for the course if you haven’t already done so. 

You must publish your list in order for it to be visible to students. If you make any edits after publishing the list, you will need to click Publish again in order for these to be viewable.

Once the list is published, students will be able to access it and the Library will undertake a Review to ensure that we have the right resources in the Library – we’ll contact you when it’s done.

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 Add to 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 any academic can edit the list, therefore we recommend that the Module Organiser takes ownership. You can do this by clicking Edit > Assign List Owner, then clicking Assign to me. Your name will then appear at the top of the list. (Click here for a short video!)

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

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

You can see the number of items on the list at the top left. Click Table of contents to see the full structure of the list and move to a later point without scrolling. You can also group the items on the list by type (e.g. all articles together) or by importance (all Core items together) or filter to view only e-books or online resources.

Click the Dashboard button to see how many times students have clicked on items in the list and which items are most clicked. (Clicks will only be recorded after the list is published.)