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    LSE Library is changing reading list systems for the 2023-24 academic year (from Talis Aspire to Ex Libris Leganto). Please see the Reading lists @ LSE Moodle course for more info. We’ll update the quick guide below soon.

    Why use it?

    Talis Aspire Reading lists are created outside of Moodle via a system looked after by the LSE Library team. For more details see the Reading lists @LSE Moodle course. Linking to the Talis Aspire Reading list ensures that students have a consistent experience across their courses, they can tag readings (have read/will read) and add notes. It means that you are linking to electronic journal articles and ebooks correctly and within copyright requirements. It also ensures that the Library have access to your reading list data so the content can be acquired for you.

    Step 1: Add a Reading list

    Go to the course page and Turn editing on. Scroll to the section where you want your Reading list to be displayed, click Add an activity or resource and pick Reading list (Talis Aspire).

    Step 2: Settings

    Tip: Click on the question mark icon next to any setting to display extra help or click on Moodle Docs for this page link at the bottom of each page in Moodle for accessing context-specific documentation.


    Choose an Activity name, such as “Week x readings”.

    Note: Embedding a reading list in Moodle can potentially cause some access issues in some browsers.

    The solution would be to change the display of the reading list to open in a new tab/existing window which will avoid the authentication problem for all users.

    To do this, In the settings page, under General, click Show more… to view more settings.

    Change the Launch container to New window and/or Existing window.

    Then click Save and display.

    Step 3: Add list section

    If you are prompted to authenticate, enter your LSE account details.

    If you have a reading list with the same course code as your Moodle course, it should automatically be displayed. Alternatively, you can search for a list in the search bar.


    Select the section of the reading list you want to embed in Moodle from the drop-down menu. When you are finished, click the Save button on the right.