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

Online Reading Lists enable academic staff to create interactive, online reading lists that link directly to online materials and provide information about finding printed materials in the Library. The system is a direct response to students' requests for better access to Library resources.

Access Online Reading Lists

Contact Lib.Reading@uea.ac.uk if you have any questions about Online Reading Lists.

2016/17 System Rollover 2016/17 System Rollover

All online reading lists have been rolled over and draft versions of 2016/17 lists are now available for updating. These draft lists will contain all the content already present on the 2015/16 lists, so you will only need to add new readings and / or edit the order of the list.

Draft lists must be published before they can be linked to Blackboard or viewed by students. Help and support is available. See the right hand menu for instructions and videos or below for training dates.

Click here for a complete guide to updating your Online Reading List for 2016/17

Do you have a question about the rollover, updating or publishing your list? Please see the guide above, or the Frequently Asked Questions below. If neither answer your question, please email Lib.Reading@uea.ac.uk

Training Dates Training Dates

Drop Ins

You can drop in to CTEL to get support. Basic enquiries (e.g. creating a profile, locating your lists) can be answered in Blackboard Breakfasts (8:15am - 9:15am, Monday - Friday) and TEL Top Ups (4pm-5pm, Monday to Friday).

We also run weekly drop in sessions focused on reading lists.  The Talis Tuesday sessions run 2pm-4pm every Tuesday, and some sessions are offered as a webinar in case you can't make it in person.

Training Sessions

One to one appointments in your office or the Library are available and training sessions can be arranged for groups at a time convenient to you. Please email Lib.Reading@uea.ac.uk to discuss.

Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions

There were scans on my 15/16 list, why aren't they on my 16/17 list?

Scans need to be rolled over as well and this can only be done after the Reading Lists have been rolled over. The Library will be rolling over scans w/b 30th May and you do not need to do anything. Afterwards, you will be able to see that scans are linked to the list, but you will not be able to view them until September 1st - this is due to CLA restrictions.

I'm not the module leader anymore, how can I give the list to someone else?

The new module leader needs to have a profile - if they haven't, they should click Log In then Create Profile to get started. You can then go to the List in question and click Edit > Assign List Owner. Click Remove next to your name, search for the new name and click Assign. Their name will now appear at the top of the list. They should also click 'Add to My Lists' so that the list appears under their My List heading for easy access.

My list is linked to the wrong module code, can I change it?

Yes, click Edit > Link to Hierarchy then click Remove next to the old module code. Type the new code into the search box and click the module that appears to link the list to it. If you can't find the new code in the system, that means we haven't added it yet - just email Lib.Reading@uea.ac.uk and we will set it up for you.

I have been working on a draft list, what should I do with it?

Draft lists have not been rolled over. To update a draft list to the latest time period click Edit > Set Time Period and change the time period to 2016/2017, then click Edit > Publish.

I have created a profile, but I cannot edit my list?

A small number of staff profiles have not automatically been given editing rights. If after creating a profile, you cannot see an Edit button at the top of your reading list, please email Lib.Reading@uea.ac.uk and we will manually grant you editing rights.

I'm updating the list the Library entered and want to re-use a bookmark that's already on the list, but it's not in my bookmarks - do I have to bookmark it all over again?

You can add a bookmark that's already on your list (or on any other list!) to your bookmarks so that you can reuse it. Click on the title of the item, then click 'Add to my bookmarks.' It will now appear at the top of your bookmarks, without you having to go to the source and bookmark it again.

There are items on my list that are wrongly described as ‘core’ reading, how do I change this?

Click Edit > Edit List to view the Editing screen. Next to the items that you want to change, click ‘Edit notes and importance’ then change the importance level in the drop down menu. Click Publish when you’re done, otherwise students won’t see the changes. See the ‘Editing your Reading List’ guide to the right for more.

How can I see whether the scans I’ve requested have been completed?

To quickly view scans on your list click Filter > Digitised resources. This will show you only items with scans attached.

To see whether a scan has already been requested, click Edit > Edit list and look next to each item. If a scan has been requested you will see “digitisation pending.”

See the ‘How to Request Scans...’ guide and video to the right for more details.

The list you have entered is very different from the version I’m teaching this year, can you change it?

It’s very easy to make changes to the list yourself, please see the 'Editing your Reading List' and 'Adding Items to your Reading List' guide to the right. If you have trouble with any of the instructions please contact us on Lib.Reading@uea.ac.uk and we will do our best to help.

Glossary Glossary


An individual item on your Reading List e.g. a book or article


The browser button that allows you to create Bookmarks. The bookmarklet searches the metadata of the page you are on and fills in as many details as possible into the bookmarking screen for you to check and save into your bookmarks.


A PDF scan of a book chapter or article


Stands for Digital Object Identifier and is used to differentiate between online articles. A common format for a DOI is a string of numbers and letters, that may or may not have decimal points in, separated by a forward slash, for example 10.1000/182.


Information about a resource e.g. title, author and publication date.


A review sends your completed reading list, along with any supplied student number information to the library and means that your readings and library notes will be assessed, books moved and purchased, where possible.


An annual process which creates an identical copy of your list for the next academic year in draft form for you to edit.

Talis Aspire

The software that powers the Online Reading Lists.