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Reading Lists

Talis instructions for academics


A Reading List is an online list of resources for students that can include books, ebooks, book chapters, journal articles, streamed videos, podcasts, websites and links. A list is typically created by an academic who finds relevant resources and adds them to the list. Staff can rearrange the order of resources, set priorities (essential, recommended etc) and customise the list with headings, sections and guidance notes.

The Reading List software at Deakin is known as Talis Aspire and is accessed here:

This guide provides instructions for academics on how to create and use Reading Lists. For further assistance, academics can contact their Liaison Librarian.


The following video provides a short overview of what can be achieved with Talis Aspire Reading List software.

Benefits of using a reading list

For students

  • Easy access to quality readings, videos, websites and more
  • The web based app is mobile friendly and fully accessible
  • Lists can be accessed anywhere, any time, on any device
  • Students can personalise their lists by adding notes and reading intentions

For academics

  • Combine articles, chapters, books, videos, podcasts and websites in one convenient place
  • Organise your lists to suit your unit structure and personalise them with notes and comments
  • Adhere to copyright by linking to copyright compliant readings
  • Track which resources your students access