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Reading Lists Online: Home

Using the information contained in this guide you will be able to create and edit your reading lists online.



The purpose of this guide is to introduce you to the University of South Wales’ reading lists online system.    The guide will demonstrate the features of the system, how to use the system yourself, and how to get Library support.  It is suitable for new users as well as for those who wish to update their skills.

By using the tabs at the top of the guide and the dropdown menus you will be able to navigate to the areas that are relevant to you.  At the top of each page there is a summary describing what information you can find there.

Before you start using the system please remember to go to the Getting Started tab as there are important steps you will need to take.


If, after reading this guide, you decide that you would rather not create lists yourself, please remember that colleagues in the Library will continue to do so on your behalf.  Contact your Information Librarian to discuss this.  We can also provide further training.




On this page you will find the following information:

Background - general information about the reading lists online system

Example of a Reading List - an image of a demonstration reading list, with features of the system highlighted

Example of a Resource - an image of a demonstration resource, with features of the system highlighted


The University has been creating reading lists online since 2005 but in 2012 the system was upgraded to the one in use today, Talis Aspire.  This new system makes it possible for academics to create their own reading lists. 

By creating reading lists online you can provide a resource that allows your students to link directly to many of their essential materials from within their Blackboard module.  You are able to edit the list whenever you wish, providing your students with up-to-date resource information.

You can give your students access to many different types of resources.  These can include the following:


·         Books

·         E-books

·         Scanned book chapters and journal articles (more information about the University's scanning licence can be found here)

·         Full-text journals

·         Full-text journal articles

·         Websites

·         Audio-visual materials

·         Digital learning objects


For more information about resources and materials, please contact your Information Librarian.



The Aspire reading lists system is easy to use.  Your resources are gathered by “bookmarking” them while browsing the Web.  These resources are then stored in your own Bookmarks area, ready to use in your reading lists.  The creation and editing of your reading lists is achieved by “dragging and dropping” resources and headings.

 Lists and individual items can be annotated to guide your students’ reading and you can also contact the Library from within your reading lists.


Example of a Reading List

When a student clicks the Reading List button in their Blackboard module, the appropriate reading list will open.  The following images show the student view.  They include most of the options you have when creating your own reading list.  If you would like to look at the live version, to see some of the resources that have been included, please click here.

Top of the reading list

Body of the reading list

Example of a Resource

Here is an example of a resource page.  Information on this page is dependent on what type of resource it is.