Reading lists

A guide to the Library Reading List system on SOL.

About your reading list

Reading lists are powered by Talis and provide links to electronic material and webpages, plus links to the library catalogue for print items. Videos from BoB National and LinkedIn Learning can also be included.

Lists can include headed sections or subsections and notes can be added to the list or to individual readings as required. 

Links to useful resources

Each list has links to other useful resources located above the grey banner. These are quick links to help and guidance pages, plus links to the library catalogue, the portal and our contact details.

Year labels and importance tags

Each list needs a year label and importance tags. When a list is rolled over for use for the next academic year, the year label needs to be updated by the reading list team to avoid the list being archived. It is important to send an email to the for each academic year that a list is needed to ensure that it continues to be available, even if you have rolled the list over yourself with other content. The year label is located at the top of the list above the list tabs.

Importance tags need to be added to each item and serve a dual purpose. They give guidance to students about priority reading and also influence book purchasing. If no items on the list have been indicated as 'Essential' they will all be given a 'Further' label. If your reading list contains items not currently in the library they will also show a 'not in stock' note and we will endeavour to purchase them in line with the guidance on the reading lists LibGuide

Item functions

To access electronic material use the view online option - you may be asked to log in to access some items and, in the majority of cases, this would be your university email address and password.

Click on the title for print items to expand the section to reveal more information on that title, including where to find it and how many copies are available. Clicking on the title again will collapse the section or it will automatically collapse when the next print item is opened.

Digitised readings

A digitised material note will indicate chapters or articles that have been made available digitally via the Copyright Licencing Agency's Digital Content Store (DCS). These will open as a PDF which can then be downloaded or printed. All of our digitised material has Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

Please note that the Advanced Student Reader has been removed. If you were previously using features only available in the Advanced Student Reader, you can still access some of these via the Kortext app. More information on how to do this is available in a LibGuide.

Other features

'Table of contents' menu allows you to skip to a specific section on the list. 



'Type all' allows you to select specific item types.


'Filter all' allows you to select resource format and notes

You can also select both  'Type all' and 'Filter all' at the same time to perform a combined filter, for example, to filter the list to show online books only

Click on 'Citation Style' to view the items in Harvard SSU, APA or OSCOLA referencing styles.

Please note that if the references are being used for assessed work, they will need to be checked for accuracy before submitting.

Search the list for a specific item or items by typing the author or a keyword into the search box.


                               Students are able to set reading intentions for each item

More options under the vertical ellipsis include the ability to add personal notes and share

And if a link is not working, it can be reported to the reading list team using the Report broken link function in the vertical ellipsis

The library also has a useful guide for students that includes information about using your reading list.