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Online reading lists: a guide for students

Welcome to your new online reading lists!

To further improve your learning experience, the University is investing in an online reading list and digital content management system from Talis Aspire. This will allow us to present your reading lists in a more interactive and dynamic format, with a single point of access to:

  • reading lists which provide real-time information about books’ availability,
  • our online resources,
  • links to external web pages and embedded multimedia,
  • scanned extracts of key readings requested by academic staff through the Library’s scanning service.    

Links to your new reading lists will be made available via module content on Blackboard. You can also access them directly from:

Watch our video to see what you can do with your reading list. (This video is accompanied by music.)

The second video on this page shows you where you can find your list on Blackboard.

Finding your reading list on Blackboard

Access your reading lists by going to your module on Blackboard and then clicking on the 'Reading Lists' menu item on the left of the screen. Your reading list will then open up within Blackboard.

If you have more than one reading list for the module, separate links will be provided to these within the Reading Lists menu.

If you want to go back to the module 'home' page on Blackboard at any time, click on the 'house' symbol at the left side of your screen, above your reading list.









Watch our video to see how you can access your reading lists on Blackboard. (This video does not have audio.)

Getting started with your reading list

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Click on the title of the item in your list to view further details about an item, where it is held in the Library, or to see if it is available. 
  • You can sort your list by importance (e.g. ‘Recommended for student purchase’, ‘Essential’ reading, ‘Recommended’ reading etc.) or by resource type (‘book’, ‘journal’, ‘article’ etc.)  by clicking on the ‘Grouped by section’ button at the top of the list. This might help you to manage your time and plan your reading more effectively.
  • To print out your list as a PDF, just click on ‘Export’ at the top of the list and then ‘Export to PDF’.This will give you a downloadable PDF version which you can then print out.