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Reading Lists Online: guide for academic staff


You will be working on a reading list because you have either:

  • created a list from scratch

  • copied a list

  • taken over responsibility for a list someone else created

  • need to make changes to one of your existing lists

Adding Resources

Getting started

Before you start adding resources the bookmarklet tool needs to installed onto your web browser

To add resources which are already in stock in the Library use the Discovery search tool to find books (print and electronic), journal articles and conference papers.

Any additions to your list are automatically saved as a 'draft'. Once you have finished adding all the items you want to your list, you must publish it by clicking on the publish button on the top right of the screen (visible when you click on Edit list (classic)). By publishing the list, the Library will be notified and will check it. The list will be made live for students to view. 


The importance of importance!

When adding an item to a Reading List you need to select a category from Purchase by Student, Essential or Recommended.  These 3 categories refer to the relative importance of every item on a module reading list and give an indication of the level of use likely to be made of an item by the students on that module. The category assigned has implications for the number of copies purchased and the loan period allocated.  PER maily refers to books and can be described thus:

P=Purchase by Student: This category indicates that students are expected to purchase the item themselves. The Library would have one copy in stock (possibly on reference).

E=Essential: These are titles which students are expected to refer to but not necessarily to purchase.  The library would aim to buy one copy for every 15 students.

R=Recommended:  Less vital than essential, but still a sought after item.  The library would aim to buy one copy for every 25 students.


Adding items

If the article/paper is not available via the library please email as it may be possible to purchase copyright cleared version.

There may be books that you want to add which are not in the Library's stock. Use Amazon or publishers websites to find these titles. 

Use the Subject LibGuides to find journal titles and databases that are relevant for your modules.  If the journal or database you want to add is not available via the Library please contact your Academic Librarian

You can also direct your students to information on websites. 

Adding Sections

When you are creating a list for an Approval or Review event it is standard practice to use the section headings of:

  • Essential
  • Recommended
  • Journals
  • Websites

After a module has been approved you can be more creative with the section headings, e.g. restructure the list by themes or weekly readings....