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Reading List Guide

Best practice

What makes a good list?

​You can add anything to your Reading List. Most important is to include the ‘essential’ resources all students are required to read in preparation for lectures and seminars. For more information on how we source essential and recommended reading view our purchasing policy pageBy providing direct links to these resources you will help students spend more time reading as opposed to searching for them.


  • Structure: We recommend week by week - or topic by topic - sections, with clearly marked 'Essential' and 'Recommended' sub-sections.

  • Size: we have statistical evidence that concise lists get the most usage. We recommend 150 items max.

  • Student experience: availability of learning resources has an impact on the student experience. We recommend that each taught module should have an online reading list, so that the Library can provide the learning resources needed.

  • Scaffolding: the reading list can be used to scaffold your teaching, by offering relevant resources, that are clearly signposted, and tied in to your curriculum content. We recommend that the online reading list is used as tool to support the teaching and learning of a specific module.

Structuring lists by sections

Structuring lists by sections


Use 'Sections' to organise your materials into any structure that suits your module teaching. When you are in your reading list, you will see the option to New Section towards the top right of the list.

  • When you add a New Section it will automatically be placed at the bottom of the list.  
  • Once created sections can be moved either by dragging the section or by adding it to your clipboard and moving it to the appropriate area in the list
  • You will be prompted to give the section a title, e.g. 'Week 1'. The description is optional but can be used to give more context to the week.

  • Dates can be added to indicate when the section runs during the year. If the list rolls over to the next academic year these dates do not rollover

  • Click create

Rearranging sections

Rearranging sections

You can easily move sections of your reading list around.

  •  Make sure the section is collapsed, this will mean the items within it are not visible and the arrow next to the section name should be pointing to the side not down.

  • With the section collapsed roll your cursor over the section and a blue box will appear on the right of the section.  You can then either click the up or down button to move the section up or down one place in the list. Or if you click and hold down on the centre of the blue box you will then be able to drag and drop the section to any place in the list.

  • Alternatively you could click the three dots at the end of the section and choose add to clipboard.  Then scroll down to where in the list you would like to move the section and click on "Move" to move the section


n.b., Remember to rename the sections, i.e. if you moved Week 1's readings to Week 9.




Editing or deleting sections

Editing or deleting sections



  • Click on the dotted menu icon next to items and sections on your reading list.

  • Click "edit" to edit the name of the sections. 

  • Click "delete" to remove sections.