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Sussex Library online reading lists guide

Please read our "reading lists in lockdown" page 
before engaging with your list this term.
 

Step 1: finding your list

Finding your list

There may be an old reading list existing for your module that was created by a previous convener, which you can edit. Log in to Talis Aspire and enter your module code or module title into the search box to search. If there is no list see 'New modules' aboveIf there is a list existing for your module, but you would rather start afresh with a new blank template see 'Request blank list' above. 

Last year's list

If your module ran last academic year and there was a corresponding list it will automatically roll over to draft for the next academic year. It is important to make sure you keep your list up to date and check through it each academic year. You'll need to make sure you edit the current list as the list from the previous year will be archived. 

You will need to:

If you have made a change to your module handbook, please also change the online reading list. If there is no change, please still request a review - we will need to check current library stock against this year's student numbers.

New modules

If there isn't an existing list on the system, the reading list team will need to create a blank template list. 

Please email: readinglists.lib@sussex.ac.uk to request. If there is a list existing for your module, but you would rather start afresh with a new blank template please also email to request.  

Request a blank list

If there is a list existing for your module, but you would rather start afresh with a new blank template please email readinglists.lib@sussex.ac.uk to request a blank template list to be created.  

Step 2: install Talis button

Install the Talis bookmark button

 

In order to add items quickly and automatically to your reading list you will need to install the Talis Bookmark Browser Button.

Please use the tabs above to select your browser, and follow the instructions.

1. Follow this link to open the Chrome extension


2. Click on 'Add to Chrome'

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3. Select ‘Add extension’

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You’ll now need to configure your extension to work with your reading list tenancy:


4. Right click on the Talis logo which is now visible in your toolbar

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5. Select ‘Options’ and select your university name and save

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Now you can start bookmarking as normal: just click on the ‘Talis’ icon in your toolbar. 


For help and guidance on using the Bookmark button, please see our 'Add Items' page

1. Follow this link to the Firefox Add-ons menu


2. Search for Talis Aspire


3. Click on 'Add to Firefox' and then 

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4. Click on 'Add'

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5. Right click on the Talis icon that has now appeared in your bookmarks bar and choose 'Manage Extension'

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6. Select your institution from the drop down and click 'Save'

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Now you can start bookmarking as normal: just click on the ‘Talis’ icon in your toolbar. 


For help and guidance on using the Bookmark button, please see our 'Add Items' page

Install the 'Add to my Bookmarks' button on other browsers

  • Log in to Talis Aspire

  • Click on 'My Bookmarks' on the blue bar.

  • Click on 'Install bookmarks button' on the right-hand side.

  • Follow the on-screen instructions - click on 'Next' at the first step, then drag & drop the black button that says "Add to My Bookmarks" up to your bookmarks bar. Then click on close.

  • The 'Add to my bookmarks' button should now appear on your bookmark bar.

Step 3: consider best practice

What makes a good list?

​You can add anything to your Reading List. Most important is to include the ‘essential’ resources all students are required to read in preparation for lectures and seminars. You can view our purchasing policy on our 'Welcome' page for more information about how we source essential and recommended readings. By providing direct links to these resources you will help students spend more time reading as opposed to searching for them.

  • Structure: We recommend week by week - or topic by topic - sections, with clearly marked 'Essential' and 'Recommended' sub-sections.

  • Size: we have statistical evidence that concise lists get the most usage. We recommend 150 items max.

  • Student experience: availability of learning resources has an impact on the student experience. We recommend that each taught module should have an online reading list, so that the Library can provide the learning resources needed.

  • Scaffolding: the reading list can be used to scaffold your teaching, by offering relevant resources, that are clearly signposted, and tied in to your curriculum content. We recommend that the online reading list is used as tool to support the teaching and learning of a specific module.

Step 4: submit by deadline

Submission dates

Autumn term 2020 - submit for review by July 15

It is essential we receive your reading list in good time.The time taken for the Library to acquire new items can vary considerably. Adhering to the submission date allows the Library sufficient time to order and process new items, so they will be available to your students at start of term. It also allows time to check web resource links to ensure they are stable. Please note lists submitted after the dates below may not be reviewed in time for the start of term.