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Resource Lists

Key Principles

Resource Lists is the name of the university's online reading list software (provided by Talis Aspire). Resource Lists provide a “single source” for module readings **; to enhance student learning and experience; and to simplify communications between academic staff and the Library. Almost all taught modules will have a resource list containing all essential and further readings required for the module.


Key principles

1. Resource Lists provide a clear guide to support students with their learning through:

  • Directing reading for individual seminars and workshops
  • Directing reading for assessments and assignments
  • Raising awareness of quality information sources to support further and independent study

2. Resource Lists inform the purchase of library stock and offer value-for-money for the university through:

  • Making use of existing stock and digital resources
  • Copyright-cleared Digitisation Services (requested via the Resource List)


** Due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, links to temporary additional online content will break when temporary access finishes. Please do not add any to your online resource list.


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

Guidelines for Presentation

As apart of the University approved 'Reading and Resource List Framework' academic colleagues agreed the following shared guidelines for the presentation and maintenance of Resource Lists:


Lists should provide a clear week-to-week or topic guide for students about what they should read, when and why:

  • Add readings to the relevant weekly/topic sections on the Resource List

  • Divide readings into either Essential or Further using the Status Importance option

  • Limit the number of readings to items that it would be reasonable to expect a student to read during their independent study time for a module during the week. e.g. 2-3 items for Essential readings plus 2-3 Further readings per week. This will vary according to level and subject area.

  • Use the Student Note field to contextualise readings, e.g why is it relevant, what it covers, etc.


When preparing reading lists, priority should be given to readings that are available in digital form:

  • This should include the use of the Library's existing online collections, such as eBooks, online journals/magazines/newspapers and audio-visual resources. See the Library Subject Resource guides for more sources.
  • **In addition the Library also offers a copyright-cleared Digitisation Service for book chapters/pages and journal articles which can be requested via the Library Note field.

** Due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation we will prioritise our in-house digitisation service for Disabled Students (DSDS). We anticipate a high demand for digitisation and will not be able to deal with a backlog of requests. In exceptional circumstances we will purchase digitised chapters from the British Library, providing their services are up and running. Availability is not guaranteed, and colleagues should make use of already available digital content.


Resource Lists are accessible and visible to students through the relevant Moodle module site.

The use of the Moodle plug-in is highly recommended as it provides the opportunity to embed and contextualise specific reading form the reading and resource list in relevant Moodle sections.


Guide to further independent study including assessment:

It is possible to create additional sections for independent study and assessment on the Resource List to include suggestions and links to further reading (academic journals, sections of the library, external information sources, etc.) to support students in developing independent study skills.

Below is an example of a weekly section of a Resource List embedded in Moodle. Each item has been designated as Essential or Further, and has been annotated to contextualise the reading.

example of a resource list embedded in Moodle.

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 inclusively 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 - June
  • Spring Term modules  - October

For 2020-21 modules: 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 available digitally and are already in stock - you can use the Library Catalogue to check our existing holdings, and only request digitisations where absolutely essential as availability is not guaranteed.