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Resource Lists

Guidance & Best Practice for using resource lists

Key Principles

Resource Lists is the name of the university's online reading list software (provided by Talis Aspire). Resource Lists are designed to provide a definitive source of readings and resources to support each module and to enhance student learning and experience. Almost all taught modules should have an online resource list containing all essential and further readings required for the module. 

Resource lists should make use of the Library's existing digital resources and collections wherever possible, to support a Digital First approach to content delivery.

For more information about the Resource List Framework and the Library's Collection Development Policy see documents below or contact the Academic Engagement Team.

Submission Deadlines

Resource Lists inform the Library's acquisitions and collection management processes. In 2018-19, the Library's Collections Team manually processed over 14,000 book orders and 800 digitisation requests. Resource List submission deadlines allow us to ensure there is enough time to make all of these resources available for our students to use. To ensure inclusivity and accessibility, we always supply readings in both print and online (ebooks/digitisations) where available. 

We aim to have in stock all items listed on Resource Lists prior to start of teaching. To achieve this we requested lists are updated by the Resource List submission deadlines:

  • Autumn Term modules - end of June
  • Spring Term modules  - end of October
For 2020-21: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation and the move to blended learning for September 2020, we need to ensure that all Essential readings and a wide range of Further readings are available digitally for students. Please choose items that are already available digitally via our Library collections - you can use the Library Catalogue to check our existing holdings, and only request digitisations where absolutely essential as availability is not guaranteed.


We will prioritise our in-house digitisation service for Disabled Students (DSDS). We anticipate a high demand for digitisation and will need at least two weeks notice to process digitisation requests. Please note we only offer digitisations for items which have been marked as essential on the resource list.

Training and Support

The Academic Engagement Team offer one-to-one and group training on creating and updating Resources Lists, e.g. adding resource list sections, adding content to lists, requesting digitisations and embedding Resource List sections into Moodle. 

We also set up Resource Lists templates for new modules, issue editing rights for academics, update module name/code on an existing lists.

Please contact us to make an appointment or ask us a question.