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Reading List Guide

Adding Print books

Can I still add print books to my list?


It is mandatory that all "essential" readings are e-resources only - eBooks, articles, digitisations, videos, webpages, etc; print items cannot be used for essential readings.

Print books added as "essential" reading will have their status changed to "further" reading on the list if an eBook version is not available. 

If an eBook version is not available, the library will add a "not available as eBook, changed to further reading" note to the item and we will alert you to these. Not all print books are available in eBook format, or available through the Library's approved suppliers. 

Print books can be added to lists as "further" reading.

Replacing print books with online

I want to replace prints books on my list with eBooks - how do I do this?
You will need to adapt your list and make the necessary changes before submitting it for review.  First check Library Search to see what eBooks we currently have in the collection and add any items to your list where available in ebook format, removing the print item. Request a review of the list.
If we don't have an eBook version already available in Library Search, please do not add Kindle versions or single copies of eBooks from publisher websites – these are personal copies, with licenses not suitable for Library resources. Instead, add the item as a print book if an ebook copy is not available on Library Search. Print books added to reading lists will be investigated and resourced as eBooks where available.
If an eBook version is not available, we will add a "not available as eBook, (further)" note to the item on the list, and will endeavor to alert you to these via the Review complete email.  We may have to change the status of items from "essential" to "recommended" reading status, if they're not available electronically. 
Please note - not all books are available as Ebooks, because the existence and licence type of any Ebook is determined by the publisher, not the Library.

Convert my reading list to all online resources

Can the Library convert my reading list to all online resources for me?

Unfortunately, the library is unable to covert print books into ebooks if they aren't offered by the publisher as an ebook with an education license. We endeavour to ensure that all essential reading is available online and will liaise with you if essential reading can't be provided online.

Last year's list

There is a List in the system for a module I'm teaching, but it's out of date or linked to someone else. How can I update it?


Contact the Learning and Teaching Support Team by email and we’ll be able to make the changes for you.

Don't have time to create a list

I don't have time to set one up. Can the Library do it for me?

The library is able to set up new lists or lists that aren’t currently in the system. Once the Library has set up your list we will make you the ‘list owner’ and email you the permissions to edit the list going forward. We are more than happy to arrange a 1-2-1 training session to take you through the process for the first time, or for a refresher.

What to put on a list

What should I include in my reading 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. You can view our purchasing policy on our 'Welcome' page for more information about how we source essential and recommended readings. By 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 'further' categories/

  • 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.

Module handbooks

My readings are in the module handbook - why do I need a list?

An important reason to have your reading lists online is that it’s the primary way the Library keeps track on what you’re asking your students to read. Without having your reading lists in the system it’s unlikely the Library will resource what your students will need  to access for your taught modules.

Another key advantage is the software’s ability to deliver Technology Enhanced Learning. For example, online Lists allow students to click through to items on the Library catalogue and web, providing real time availability and, where available, full-text access. In addition, each item in an online List is assigned an ‘importance’ (Essential or Further), which provides a very useful signpost to students looking to manage their reading effectively.

Online lists are interactive and you can add comments to particular items and sections to help students prioritise their reading. Student can also log into a List and add private notes and reminders as a way of helping them organise their reading.

Benefits to students

What are the benefits to students?

Lists increase the availability, discovery and use of paid resources, both print and electronic, and make it more likely your students will engage with the required reading for your teaching.

Other benefits include the ‘1-click’ linkage to the full-text of electronic items and the ability for students to add private study notes and reminders, helping them to prioritise their reading.

Scans on Canvas

All of my essential readings are available as scans via my Canvas site - do they need to be on a reading list?

Many academics have done this in the past but it sometimes breaks the terms of our CLA HE License and Copyright Law. You can find out more about this on our Copyright Guide. We’re very happy to digitise as much material as we’re legally allowed to and host them for you within your reading list. 

Seeing list usage

Can I see who is using my list?

One of the benefits of the system is that you can get a proper sense of how well-used the resources are. Go to the reading list  and click on the green 'View lists analysis' button to enable analysis mode and view usage on the list.

How much can we digitise?

How much can we digitise?

The library can digitise any material under the terms of our CLA Scanning Licence. The licensing is complex but means that we are usually able to reproduce either:

  • A single chapter from a book (or two, if copyright permissions and funds allow)
  • 10% of the total page numbers of the book
  • A single article from a journal.
  •  Please see our Copyright page for more information. 

We will either scan the item internally or obtain a copyright fee-paid copy from the British Library, then link the digitised item to your reading list.The digitisation opens in a online document viewer called Kortext, which enables students to read on-screen, download or print the article. 

Renaming a reading list

How do I rename a reading list?


To rename your list, click on the three dots in the top right of the list and select "Edit"

To update the details of your reading lists title information, type over the existing title information and then click save.  You can also set a Creative Commons License for the list and set the dates you would like the list to be accessible from if published.  Please not if you do not set a date then if published the list will be accessible until the end of the academic year.