Reading list guides: web instructions

The reading list service is your way of ordering books, e-books, DVDs and other resources for your students for teaching purposes.

You can fully personalise and design your reading list to suit your students’ needs by using sections to break up the reading into weeks or topics, and by including notes. You can also create your structure to match your Moodle module.

Follow our instructions below to: 

  • create a new reading list
  • add books to your reading list
  • download the Talis browser extension
  • add journal articles and other resources
  • edit your list
  • publish and review your list

Alternatively you can view our video guides and PDF instructions with screenshots.

Create a new reading list

First make sure you’re logged in.

Check that the location of your reading list matches the location of the module.

  • readinglists@kent-Canterbury or
  • readinglists@kent-Medway
  1. Select My Lists from top left hand corner.
  2. Select Create new list from the right side of the screen.
  3. Enter name of module and description if needed.
  4. Select Hierarchy: this links the name of your module to the module code.
  5. Enter Module Code; select module from drop down list; click Save.
  6. If your module doesn’t appear in the list click Cancel and email:
    In the meantime you can continue to edit and publish your list as normal.
  7. Choose correct academic year and click Create list
  8. Your list is now ready for you to add resources and Publish.

Adding books to your reading list

Make sure you’re logged in.

Select My Lists from the grey menu bar and select the correct list.­

Before adding books to your list you can create sections:

  1. Choose Add section from the bottom right hand side of the list
  2. Give the section a title such as week 1 or 2 and add a description if required.
  3. Click Save.
  4. Hover your cursor over the created section to Add resource(s). Use the blue line to guide you: this will show you where the resource will be placed.
  5. Search for your book by title, author or ISBN. The search results will show details of the book such as the edition and format and if we have a copy in the Library. Choose the option you want and click on the plus sign. The book will now appear on your list.
  6. You will need to set the importance using the drop down menu to indicate if this is a core, recommended or background text.
  7. You can add notes for students which will appear publicly, or a library note which will be hidden, using the 3 dots to right of book title.
  8. Continue adding resources to the section, or add new sections by hovering mouse in the required place and selecting what you want.

Remember you can use the blue guide lines to position your resource or section in the right place, however they can also be moved around afterwards.

Changes will be saved as you go in draft form only. When you are ready for the changes to be made public, scroll to the top of the page and click Publish.

Download the Talis browser extension

The browser extension can be used to add journals articles, videos, websites and other online resources to your reading list.    

Browser extensions are available for Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Safari.

  1. Go to your chosen app store or browser and search for Talis Aspire or Talis bookmark  extension – this example is for Chrome.
  2. Select Add to Chrome.
  3. Confirm by selecting Add extension.
  4. To make sure your bookmark is visible on the toolbar select the Extensions icon (shaped like a puzzle piece).
  5. Click on the Talis icon and then the pin icon.
    You will be prompted to select your institution.
  6. Scroll to find UOK Canterbury or Medway and click Save.

The browser extension will now stay on your toolbar ready to be used for adding online resources to your reading list.

Adding journal articles and other online resources

You do not need to be editing your reading list in order to use the bookmark tool.

  1. Find your online resource. For journal articles we recommend finding your article through LibrarySearch or one of the databases available through the library – this is because Talis can only recognise items that have specific metadata attached and will not work with PDFs.
  2.  When your chosen article has been opened click on the Talis browser extension: top right of toolbar.
  3. Important article data such as resource type, title, author & detailed metadata will then be displayed. If any information is incorrect or missing you can add data to these fields.
  4. Select Create and add to list.
  5. Select Name of the reading list.
  6. Choose where on the list you want the resource to appear.
  7. Add an importance setting to indicate whether the resource is core, recommended or background reading.
  8. Add any notes for students or library staff .
  9. Select OK.

The resource will now appear in the chosen location on your reading list (you’ll need to refresh the page if the list is already open).    

Edit an existing reading list

You can edit any existing reading list that either you or a previous convener has created.

  1. To start, search for the name of the reading list and then choose from the list of results.
  2. Select +My lists from the right hand side of the page to set up editing permissions (a tick will appear next to my lists).
  3. The list owners name will appear under the title of the list on the left hand side. If you want to add or change the name go to edit and select Assign list owner.
  4. You can then search for a name or click Assign to me and click Save with list publisher role. Your name will now appear as list owner.
  5. You can edit the list and move books and sections around as needed.
  6. To edit or move any resource click on the 3 dots to the right of the title. Choose Move up or Move down to change the order that they appear, or use the cut and paste option.
  7. To cut and paste resources or whole sections:
    1. Select Cut.
    2. When choosing where to paste you can use the blue line to paste an item or section where you want it to appear.
  8. You can also use the 3 dots to add sections and resources, and add notes for students or staff.
  9. When editing a list your changes will be saved in draft form but will not be visible to anyone else until you publish the list. The Publish button is located at the top right of the list. 

How to embed sections of your reading list into your Moodle module

  1. First, go to your Moodle page and make sure that you are in edit mode.
  2. Scroll down to the section or week where you want your reading list section to appear.
  3. Select add an activity or resource.
  4. From the options that appear, select reading list – be careful to select the correct location for your module choosing either Canterbury or Medway reading list.
  5. In the search box, type in the name of the reading list (or key words), and choose select content.
  6. You can then find your list from the suggested lists or type in the search box to find the exact one. Choose select section from the right hand side.
  7. You will see the sections of your reading list, including previews. Select the section that you want to embed and click embed section.
  8. Scroll to bottom of page and select save and return to course.  This section is now embedded in the Moodle page.  Any time the reading list is updated, the Moodle page will automatically show the updated version.

Publish and review your reading list

Publishing your reading list at the start of the academic year and any time you make a change, will make the changes public and allow students to see the most up-to-date version. It will also prompt library staff to review the list.

  1. Check to make sure you are logged in.
  2. The option to publish will appear at the top right of the screen when you have edited the reading list.
  3. If you want to publish your list without making any changes you will need to use the drop down menu  from the edit button and choose Request a review.
  4.  When you have published or requested a review of your list the library team will begin the reviewing and purchasing process.


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