Getting started and creating a reading list 


Getting started

You can use the information on these help pages or arrange a one-to-one with your Information Adviser should you need further support.
  • Download our Guide for Academic Staff
  • Go to and sign in with your university username and password. You can then update your profile as necessary
  • You will then need to install a Bookmarklet link/extension to your computer's web-browser
  • The Bookmarklet extension is available for Chrome and Microsoft Edge, in their respective stores. This article explains how to get and install the extension to these browsers. If you are using Chrome version 69, you will need to update to a later version. When the Bookmarklet extension has been installed, a green 'Talis' icon will be visible in your toolbar
  • If you are using Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari please follow these instructions. Click on My Bookmarks, click on the Install Bookmark Button and follow the on-screen instructions. The tutorial automatically recognises which browser you are using and gives relevant instructions. You should then see the Add to My Bookmarks button appear in your toolbar
  • You'll need to do this once for every computer you use
  • You can then collect references from anywhere on the web and store them in your bookmarks or add them to reading lists 
Please note that lists created with Aspire can be viewed on an iPad, or other tablet. The bookmarklet link/extension is not officially supported for adding to tablet browsers due to the complexity and differences that every tablet has and the bookmarklet link/extension has not been designed for mobile devices.


Creating a new list  

  • Click on the My Lists tab. This is where any lists you have created will appear. Click on Create new list
  • On the Create new list page enter the name and module code for the reading list into the List name field. There are also fields for the, anticipated number of students on the module, the year in which the module will run and you can add a description as well
  • Click on OK, and then select I am the list owner. This opens the list you have created for editing and adding resources 
This Video shows how to create a List using Talis Aspire: please select 2019/20 for Year, and not 2016/17 as shown in the video.

Structuring the list and adding content 

Lists are made using Sections’ and Notes’ and Section titles form theTable of contents’, which appears at the top of your list
  • add sections by dragging the New Section tab from the right hand side of the screen to the list area. Similarly for a New Note
  • use the edit buttons on each section to make changes
  • once you have bookmarked some resources you can add them by dragging items from the Most Recent Bookmarks section into the list: see Adding resources to your list
  • use Set Importance under each item to show whether the text is "Recommended for student purchase', 'Key', 'Recommended' or 'Further'.
  • use Edit notes and importance to add notes for the student or the library
Click on Save Draft to save any changes you have made.
If you need to go back into the list to make changes, click Edit, then Edit List.

Integrating sections of an Aspire reading list into StudentCentral

The Aspire LTI integration tool, enables sections of lists to be integrated within StudentCentral (e.g. Study Materials). This video shows how to use the facility with your Aspire reading list.  
Please contact your Information Adviser if you need further information or help.