Course reading lists (Talis)

Information to help academic staff create course reading lists and manage copyright compliance.

Integrate reading list with Nuku (Canvas)

Before a list can be displayed in Nuku it must be linked through the course code:

  • Go to the list
  • Click Edit at the top of the list, and then select Hierarchy and student numbers at the bottom of the drop-down menu

  • Type in the course code and number of students, and then click Save
  • You can now display sections of the list, or the whole list, in Nuku.

Display list in Nuku


  • Open the course in Nuku
  • Click on the tab Reading List
  • Search for the list

  • Click on Embed list


Note: this attaches the full list only. To attach sections of a list use either "Adding to a module" or "Adding to a page"


  • Open the course in Nuku
  • Navigate to the module 
  • Click the "+" symbol to Add Item
  • Click on the Add dropdown menu and select External tool


















  • Select Reading List



  • You may be requested to "Authenticate" your account. This could be an automatic process that doesn't require intervention, or you may need to click "Start". It does take 20-30 seconds to complete authentication 

  • The system will suggest the course to link based on the hierarchy (search for the list if it is not one of the suggested lists)
  • You choose to embed the entire list or a section of the list


  • Click on Select section to display the sections you can link (screenshot below)


  • Click on Embed section
  • Finally, select Add item to add the list or section to the Nuku module



  • Open the course in Nuku
  • Navigate to the page
  • Select Insert > Link > External Link
  • Give the link a name i.e. Course Reading List
  • Copy + paste the Talis list URL into the Link field