MOLE: Support for Academic Staff

Integrating Learning Resources - Resource lists & MOLE

Reading list materials can be integrated with MOLE, through the Resource Lists service, our online reading list management system.

Your MOLE course may already contain a ‘Reading List’ link in the left-hand side course menu. If this is not present, or if new links are required, please contact the Learning Resources Section at

Resource Lists

Resource Lists enables links to be provided not just to print material in the Library catalogue but to websites, full text articles, chapters from ebooks, and links to subject databases, all co-ordinated in a structured way. You can prioritise items, include annotations, and organise the reading list to match the course format (e.g. by relevance of text, by week or seminar).

For further details please contact or contact Heather Quinn, Learning Resources Co-ordinator, tel:(0114) 222-7249.

Linking to web sites

  • It is good practice to ensure that links to external sites open in new windows to avoid "passing off" sites as your own.
  • If you want to download material you will need to check the copyright statement on each website.
  • You will need to request permission unless terms and conditions specifically allow downloading/multiple copying.
  • Links to websites can easily be created as part of Resource lists.

Linking to electronic journals

  • Ensure you link to articles rather than save local copies in MOLE.
  • The URLs for individual articles (deep links) are often provided in a way in which if simply cut-and-pasted into a web browser will not provide a stable link to an article, particularly for off-campus users who require secure, subscription access. The Library can provide advice on this.
  • You can link to most titles to allow browsing from within MOLE but consideration should be given to including these in an online reading lists via the Resource Lists service which will bring all information resources into a single place for students.

Linking to ebooks

  • The Library continues to purchase ebooks from various host services to ensure availability of key resources.
  • It is possible to link to the contents page of any ebook. However, as this does not always work from a straight copy and paste, it is usually done via Resource Lists.

For further details and assistance please email

Digitisation of readings - Eoffprints

  • The Library can provide digitised extracts of print based material under the Copyright Licensing Agency’s Photocopying and Scanning licence or by obtaining copyright clearance from individual publishers.
  • Please note, not all publishers grant digital rights and requests need to be renewed each year.
  • Once digitised, a link to the extract can be provided through the appropriate Resource List.

Eoffprints request form

The Library can provide further advice. Please email

Information skills resource

By embedding information skills tutorials into your MOLE course you can help your students to become more information literate.
The Library has created a set of online interactive tutorials for use by all students. The content is aimed at both undergraduate and postgraduate students and covers the following skills: how to successfully search for information, in the library and on the Internet, how to critically evaluate your results, how to use information appropriately and cite references correctly, and how to avoid information overload and manage the information found.

The MOLE tutorials can be used in a variety of ways:

  • Be downloaded individually into your course to support particular exercises or assignments.
  • Used to create a separate information skills module, or area within your course tailored to the specific needs of your students.
  • Directly from the Library Information Skills Resource, available to all students within the University.

The Library Information Skills Resource has been designed to cater for a variety of learning styles.

  • Each tutorial has a revision facility to enable students to jump to different sections of each tutorial. It is envisaged that some students may prefer to use this form of navigation rather than work sequentially through individual tutorials.
  • Library subject guides provide links to the main electronic resources for each subject, including databases, electronic journals, and ebooks.

For more information see Embedding tutorials and information literacy assessments into MOLE

Contact Vicky Grant ( ext. 27336) or your Liaison librarian to discuss your particular requirements further.