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Resource Lists

Guidance & Best Practice for using resource lists

Guidelines for Presentation

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


Resource Lists for taught modules should provide a clear week-to-week or topic guide for students about what they should read, when and why:
  • Add resources to the relevant weekly/topic sections on the Resource List

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

  • Limit the number of resources 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, plus 2-3 Further per week. This will vary according to level and subject area.

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


When preparing Resource Lists, priority should be given to materials 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 Resource List.

** Due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation we are prioritising 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.

You should use the Moodle plug-in functionality to embed and contextualise the resource list in relevant Moodle sections allowing students to easily view and access materials.


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 resources (academic databases, sections of the library website, external information sources, etc.) to support students in developing independent study skills.


Example of a Resource List:

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 resource.

example of a resource list embedded in Moodle.