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Sussex Library Online Reading Lists Guide

Submission date deadline

Autumn term: 

30 June

Submission date deadline

Spring term:

30 November

Step 1: Accessing your reading list

Search for reading lists by module title or code



N.B.: You can rename the previous version of the reading list if the module title changes. To rename your list, click on "Edit" and select "Edit list details". For more guidance, see How do I rename a reading list?

Creating a brand new list - only for new modules or if there's no existing list.  NB lists are automatically rolled over each year

If no list exists or you want to create a new list, click on the "Create a new list" button to create a new, blank week by week template. Lists for the new academic year will be created annually by rolling over existing lists in May.

The format for naming your list is: Module Code - Title - Your name (Term). For example, L1020 - Of Time and the City - Nicholas Heavey (Spr)


If you need any support creating a custom layout for your reading list or you have an existing list and want to start afresh, please email:

Step 2: Install Talis bookmark

Install the Talis bookmark

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.

Follow this link to the Chrome webstore to install the Talis Aspire Reading Lists BookmarkWatch the below video if you need support setting up the Talis browser extension for Chrome.

Watch the below video on setting up the Talis browser extension for Firefox. You can follow this link to to the Firefox browser Add-ons.

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: Adding Books, articles and websites

Adding books

You can add any existing books directly via Library Search. Most important is to include the ‘essential’ resources all students are required to read in preparation for lectures and seminars.

We recommend week by week - or topic by topic - sections, with clearly marked 'Essential' and 'Recommended' sub-sections. If it's a new module, you can create a weekly template above. We have statistical evidence that concise lists get the most usage. We recommend 150 items max

Not in stock

It's not necessary to contact the library directly to request each new purchase for your module. Add any new content not currently in stock which you would like purchased for the module from the publisher's website or Amazon so that we have the details of the book and we will purchase as part of the review process

Requesting a digitisation

To request a digitisation, add the book and chapter information to the reading list and when the library reviews the list we will digitise the chapter or purchase an ebook (if available).

N.B.: The library can digitise material under the terms of the CLA Scanning Licence. The licensing is complex but means that we are usually able to reproduce either:

  • A single chapter from a book (or two, if Essential and if copyright permissions and funds allow)
  • 10% of the total page numbers of the book
  • A single article from a journal.

Adding articles

You can add articles from library search or directly from the journal

Adding websites

The Talis bookmark extension allows you to add content from any online source. For example, website; YouTube video; organisation report; video from BOB.

Step 4: Send your list to the library

Request a review

To ensure that your students have all the resources they need for their module, you'll need to Request a Review. It is essential that we receive your reading list for review every semester, even if there are no changes from the previous year. Often links break, digitisations require renewal and publishers move content around. The reading list team will work to ensure that your essential readings are available online.


N.B.: Not all titles are offered as eBooks by publishers, once we have reviewed your list, we'll include a list of any titles which we can't make available electronically. We will then work with you to find suitable alternatives.

Step 5: Linking to Canvas

Students access reading lists through their module Canvas site. The reading list appears in its entirety in the 'Reading List' menu tab (left). You can also embed sections of reading lists into relevant "units" or "pages" in Canvas. To do this, watch videos below. 

Linking whole reading lists to Canvas

Linking reading list sections to Canvas

1-2-1 Support


We are more than happy to arrange a remote 1:1 training session over Microsoft Teams or Zoom while the Library building remains closed. Please email with times and dates that suit to request.

Remote departmental sessions or drop-in clinics can be arranged on request. Please email