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Online Study Tool Kit

Understanding Resource Lists

What are Resources Lists?

Resource Lists are online reading lists created by your lecturers. The lists direct you to the most relevant readings needed for your course, e.g. books, eBooks, digitised book chapters, online journal articles, as well as other types of resources such as films, documentaries, websites, etc. Most taught modules will have a Resource List.


Where can I find Resources Lists?

You will find links to your readings already embedded in your Moodle pages, usually as link the weekly/topic sections, so you can easily locate you what you need to read/watch each week - see image below. To access the reading just click on the title of the item or View Online button (if available). 

Image of a weekly reading list displayed in moodle.

Readings will be marked as either Essential Reading or Further Reading. Items marked as Essential Readings indicate items you are expected to read/watch, whereas Further Readings are intended as supplement to help you gain a broader understanding of the subject.  


What do I do if the book I want to read isn't available?

It may be possible that all copies of the book you wish to read has been borrowed, in this case, you can look for books on a similar subject that are available. We recommend using UR Library Search as a first step. Going beyond your reading list is also an important part of academic studies as you progress, and it is beneficial to you studies to read more widely to gain a deeper understanding of your topic. Reading more widely will also enable you to refer to more relevant resources into your assignment, often a part of the assessment criteria.

See our FAQ  with more detailed information on finding alternatives to a print copy.


What do I do if links are broken?

If any links to your readings are broken or missing links the best thing to do is to contact the module convenor and let them know.