Link to Reading Lists: https://soton.rl.talis.com/index.html
Before you can get started with Reading Lists you need to do the following:
You will need editing rights before you can add lists and resources to the Reading List software.
An ‘invite’ will be sent to you by email, from the Reading List software. You might find it in your junk mail folder.
You will receive an email inviting you to become a list publisher in Talis Aspire (Reading Lists)
Click on the link at the bottom of the email
Click on the blue Accept button
Click on the login button above or go to
Log in with your University username and password.
Click Create profile.
Complete the form, including your name and institutional email address
Choose whether to make your profile public or private
Decide how you want to describe yourself
Click Save profile
When added to your browser, the bookmarklet tool enables you to capture resources from around the web. You can then either add these to your My Bookmarks page for future use or insert them directly into a reading list.
The bookmarklet is currently supported by Chrome, Firefox, IE and Safari, and each has a slightly different set of instructions.
You will need to have the bookmarks bar (also known as 'Your Favourites') visible on your browser before the bookmarklet can be added.
In Chrome this is done by clicking on the 3 dots icon (options), and then going to Bookmarks and making sure that Show bookmarks bar is selected.
If your preferred browser is Internet Explorer / Microsoft Edge, see information at the bottom of this section.
In Reading Lists go to My bookmarks
Click on Install bookmark button
Drag Add to my Bookmarks to the bookmarks bar of your browser
You're now ready to bookmark from anywhere on the web
Internet Explorer / Microsoft Edge does not support the bookmarking tool. Download a free alternative bookmark extension here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/talis-aspire-reading-lists-bookmarker/9nxmdlj3x011#activetab=pivot:overviewtab
Click Get, then Open Microsoft Store
In Microsoft Store click Get
You do not need to sign in to download the bookmark extension
When you see an installation notification click Launch. A pop-up message will appear in the top-right of your browser.
Click Turn it on to activate the extension.
A button will appear at the top-right of your browser
Click this button to create a bookmark from a resource (the first time you use it, you may need to login using your iSoutions username and password).
In this section we show you how to:
Here is one example:
Go to Reading Lists Home. Search by school or module (example shows a module search)
Click on a module to see which reading lists are connected to it.
If no reading list is available you will need to create one.
Go to My lists and click on Create new list
Click on Select Hierarchy box
Start typing in the module code and select the correct module when it appears
Select the correct module and copy the module code and name as displayed
Check to ensure student numbers are displayed. If not, please enter student numbers and then Save
Now paste the module name into the List Name so that it displays in the same format as the module name. Here is an example: HIST1062 - Rebellions and Uprising in the age of the Tudors
Select the Academic Year and Create List
Now you can start adding resources to your list
Go to My lists
Click on the 3 dots by the list that you want to copy and select Copy to a new list
Or, if you are a list editor you can copy any existing list from the Edit menu.
Go to My lists. Select the list you want to copy
Click on Edit and select Copy list from the dropdown menu
Give your list a new name, description and year, and add to a hierarchy. If you want to assign your list to a different hierarchy uncheck the hierarchy option and follow instructions in 4b
Click on Create list
You can add a list to a hierarchy in two ways:
Go to Reading Lists Home. Search by school or module (example shows a search by school)
Click on your school and then click on a module to see which reading lists are connected to it.
If no lists are connected use the search box to find an existing list by title. Search for one of your own lists or for one that someone else has created.
OR click on Add list to select one of the lists you have created in My lists or to search for a list that someone else has created
Type in the name of the reading list you want to add
Add the number of students (if known) and click Save
You can also add a list directly to a hierarchy
Go to My lists and select a reading list
Click on Edit and select Hierarchy and student numbers
Type in the module name or code and click Save
Once you have installed the bookmarklet you will be able to:
Log in to Reading Lists and click on My bookmarks
Open the library catalogue, search for the resource you need and click on the bookmarklet
Edit the information or add notes. Then click Create
The resource has been added to your bookmarks (you may have to refresh the My bookmarks tab to see it)
Click on the three dots and select Add to list
Search for your reading list, choose where to position the title and add other useful information. Click on the blue Add to list button.
Go to My lists and open the list you want to edit
If you are working on a new reading list, click on Resource under Empty list!
If your list already contains resources you will see a blue menu bar. Position this where you want to insert a resource and click on Add resource
Select titles from your list of bookmarks
Find the resource online and click on the bookmarklet (Add to my bookmarks)
Click on Create and add to list
Choose from your reading lists, add notes and set importance. Then click OK to add the resource to your chosen list
You can also use this method to add titles directly from the library catalogue to your list
Open the library catalogue, search for the resource you need and click on the bookmarklet
Click Create and add to list
Select a reading list, choose where to position the title and click OK
Sections enable you to group sub-sections or resources together. You can customise the structure to suit your students. Common list structures include:
Click on My lists and select the list you want to work on
Click on one of the options under Empty list! Start by adding a resource, paragraph or section
Clicking on Paragraph brings up a text box. Add a description or explanation for your list.
Clicking on Section enables you to divide your list into sections by week or by theme
Clicking on Resource will bring up a list of your bookmarks and a search box.
Select a title from your bookmarks to import it into your list
The title is now in your list
If you haven’t already bookmarked the title you want you can use Quick add,
Click on Add resource and start typing the title into the search box. Reading Lists will search the web for you
Reading Lists will make suggestions for you and will show you if the title is available in the library catalogue. Click on the + sign next to the edition you want to add.
This title is not in the library catalogue
Select an edition to add to your reading list. If you click on the title in your list you will see that it is unavailable. The library will assess whether to purchase copies.
Add resource, Add paragraph and Add section are options that are always available on the movable blue bar
Use the blue bar to position your resources where you want them.
Click on the three dots to see more options for managing your list.
Click on the three dots
Select Note for students or Note for library
Set importance when you add the title to your list, by choosing from the drop-down menu
Or set importance later, by clicking on Importance not set
Click and drag the double arrows
OR click on the three dots and select the Move up or Move down options. Sections move in the same way.
Click on the three dots and select Delete
Search for an online resource and click on the bookmarklet.
Check the Online Resource box, and this will create a link direct from your reading list
The option to View online has been added to your reading list
Go to My lists and open a reading list. Find the title you want to be digitised
Click on the three dots next to the title
Complete the form with as much information as possible for library staff to identify the correct parts to scan and digitise
Click Next at the bottom of the form to continue. Complete the second part of the form and click Next to complete the request
If your request is urgent you can tell us by adding a Note for library to the item in the reading list.
The library will be notified of your request. We will upload the item for you if it is eligible/available for digitisation. We will let you know if it is not possible to digitise the item.
Click on Edit and select Assign list owner. You can assign yourself or choose another member of staff.
Any changes to a list are automatically saved but lists are not available to students until they have been published.
If you have added new items to the list it should be sent for review by the library before being published (we will ensure that editions are correct, there are enough copies, and that links to electronic resources work). The library will publish the list after review.
If you make minor changes to a list it can be published immediately.
To request a review, click on Edit and then Request review
Click the Publish button
You can see the status of all your reading lists in My lists
In Blackboard, check that Edit Mode is turned ON. This can be switched by clicking ON or OFF.
Look at your Blackboard course menu. Hover your mouse over the + (plus) icon.
A menu appears. Click on Tool Link.
In the Name box, enter Reading List.
For type, select Reading List from the dropdown menu.
Select Available to Users so that students will be able to access the link.
Your reading list link will be created. You can re-position it within the course menu by clicking and dragging the up and down arrow icon beside it.
When you or you students select that menu item, you will be redirected to the Reading Lists page for that course.