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For Semester I  2023/24,  we request that all module owners  publish/submit their course reading lists  by Friday 14th July to allow sufficient time for the ordering of resources.  

 Open the   Reading List System
For support and assistance please email

Why Use the Reading List Service

The Library's reading list support service integrates:

  • Reading Lists
  • Canvas(with integrated off campus access to resources)
  • Library database and fulltext resources
  • Library acquisition of e-books / print books & chapter scanning 

Search our reading list service  for reading list examples e.g. TLC 1OO Academic Skills. Training guides and video tutorials are provided below.

Steps in Using the Reading List Service

(Online tutorials for each step are available below)

  1. Log into reading lists and create a user profile ( please select 'public' option).
  2. Create your reading list and add required sections - see p2 of our Reading List Guide or view our Create and Structure your Reading List Tutorial
  3. To start adding resources, install the Talis Bookmark Extension to your browser 
  4. Add books, e-books, chapters, journal articles, websites etc. to your draft reading list using the Talis Bookmark Extension. For assistance view our Adding a Book to your Reading List tutorial. 
  5. Publish the reading list and add the link from the Canvas module. 
  6. The Library will review the list, purchasing new books/e-books, digitising requested chapters & articles not available online. 

Install the Talis Bookmark Extension

  1. Locate the Talis Aspire Reading Lists Bookmarking extension in the Chrome web store
  2. Click Add to Chrome. A popup will appear confirming you'd like to add the extension to your browser
  3. Click Add extension. You should now see the Talis logo appear along side your other extensions (such as Endnote). 
  4. The first time you attempt to use this extension it will prompt you to select your institution - click the dropdown and select University of Galway from the list, then click Save
  5. Finally you can click on the Pin icon to make Talis extension icon visible on your Browser bar

Bookmarking from the Library Catalogue

See our Adding a Book to your Reading List. Instructions also provided below.

  • Go to
  • Search for your book on the Library Catalogue. 
  • Once the book is located, click on the title to display the full book details.  
  • Click on the Talis Bookmark Extension you have installed.

  • You will be automatically brought to the Bookmarking page in the Reading List System. 
  • Do a quick check of the bibliographic information to ensure accuracy (edit fields if necessary) 
  • If it an e-book make sure that the Online Resource box is ticked
  • Click on Create and Add to List
  • Select your reading list from the drop-down menu that appears
  • Choose what section to add the book to and add notes for students at this point.
  • Select if the book is for Student Purchase/Core OR Recommended. 
  • Click on OK to finish

 Bookmarking a Journal Article

We request that where possible, you bookmark from the Library Catalogue for journal articles, instead of bookmarking from the database or journal publisher's website. This ensures that students will be prompted to log in only once, and also importantly ensures that your article has a permalink that will not be lost in case of publisher or IT security issues. There will be some exceptions where you may need to bookmark directly from the  publisher's platform. 

  • Locate your article through the Library catalogue (or if necessary the database/publisher website)
  • Once the article is located click on the journal title and open the article record on the Library Catalogue
  • Click on the Talis Extension Button.
  • Carry out a quick check of the bibliographic fields displayed - you can amend the article details.
  • Make sure the Online Resource box is ticked.
  • Click on Create and Add to List.  Choose your Reading List and add to the appropriate section with required notes etc. 
  • Click on OK to finish and continue adding resources

Linking from Canvas to a Reading List

  1. Within each course, select Settings
  2. Select Navigation 
  3. Locate the Reading list option and then click Enable 
  4. Move the list link to an appopriate position within the Course Navigation and click Save
  5. Reading Lists now appears in the main navigation menu 
  6. Click on Reading Lists
  7. Search for the reading list using the module code and once located, click on Save
  8. The reading list is now linked


Reading List Support Materials

Our ‌full Reading List Guide provides a detailed overview of all elements of creating and managing your online reading list.

Our  Reading List Guide  (p13 of guide) addresses a number of common questions e.g. Can I link a reading list to more than one module? Can a reading list be shared? etc.

For information on the Library's Digitisation Service scanning limits please refer to our course guidelines for Course Material Digitisation.

Online Tutorials

We have created a number of online tutorials that cover the main elements of setting up and publlishing your reading list.  

Create and Structure your Reading List


Adding a Book to your Reading List from the Library Catalogue



Adding a Book to your Reading List not on the Library Catalogue

Requesting a Book Chapter for Digitisation

Best Practice for Reading Lists

Diversifying Reading Lists

A primary aim of the Library Strategy for 2021-2025 is to increase diversity in the Library's collections.  In order to facilitate this inclusive collection building, we ask that academic staff consider the following when creating module reading lists:

  • can you include more readings by minority academics and scholars?
  • are these readings always optional or can some be made core?
  • can you ensure that readings by minority writers and scholars are not only included when the topic is about marginalised groups?
  • If this proves to be difficult, can you include readings about the lack of diverse representation in the subject area?

In order to assist academic staff we have created a list of resources on the complex process of diversifying reading lists.

The Library also welcomes suggestions for books on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion from students and staff. Please use our Suggest Books & Resources page to submit requests.

 Reading List Principles

These are some simple guidelines:

  • Have a clear reading list structure, with resources presented weekly, or by topic
  • Use annotations where needed, pointing out key sections or clarifying page numbers e.g. "Chapter 2 gives a good overview of this topic".
  • Set realistic expectations by indicating what is Core, Recommended, or Further Reading
  • Be realistic with the amount of resources given, overly long lists can be overwhelming (see section below).
  • The list should be reviewed annually. Books on your list will not automatically update when there is a new edition, so check you are up to date.

Reading List Usage

The View Button on the Reading List Module Page contains an Analytics option where you can see how many times students have accessed each item on the reading list. This tool can help identify list items for review or removal.

What is the best length for a reading list?

There are many opinions on this topic. 

For reference the 2019 Sage Report, How are Students and Lecturers Using Educational Resources Today, surveyed students and academics and found some interesting responses.

  •  52% of students would rather have a list that contained few but well defined sources (Sage, 2019, p. 11) rather than a very long list with lots of choices.

The study also found that:

  • students commonly said they were overwhelmed with long lists
  • academics also said they used short lists with a few items to act as a starting point and expected students to find additional literature using their own literature and searching skills (Sage, 2019, p.11).