Programme resources

Information for Academic Staff

The University Library provides a range of services and advice to academic staff in order to ensure learning and research materials are available to meet the University’s needs. 

The Resource Lists service - online reading lists

The Library provides an online reading list service, Resource Lists, with links to electronic resources such as full-text journal articles, ebooks and databases in addition to items physically held in the library stock. 

How to Access

Resource Lists are usually linked into your MOLE course menu, and available to students via MUSE and the Library web pages.

Creating and Maintaining Resource Lists

Departments and module leaders can either send reading list documents to the Library's Learning Resources Section for processing, or create their own lists online, with Library support. Lists can be structured in any way you wish e.g. week by week or by seminar topic.

Keeping up-to-date

Please send us copies of your Autumn & Spring Semester reading lists as soon as they are available, even if they have not changed from last year, so that we can update our information and add any items, such as new editions and the latest articles, not previously included.

We prefer to receive lists electronically but we can also accept them in print format. Highlighting list additions and/or amendments will also help with processing any submissions.

Departments and modules leaders are asked to review resources that the Library already provides in digital form when compiling new reading lists or reviewing existing lists. To discover the latest electronic and digital resources, see StarPlus.

Essential Information

In order to help ensure that learning resources can be made available as required, please include the following information:

  • Module code
  • Module Title
  • Module leader's contact details
  • Expected student numbers

Prioritising Materials

Students will find it helpful if you indicate the category of items on the list e.g.

  1. Class Books
  2. Key Reading
  3. Wider Reading

A document providing a full description of these categories can be found in the Quick links box.

Further Help and advice

Providing key readings for your course

A. Ordering new books

When your lists include books that are not held by the Library we will normally initiate an order for one or more copies of the book. We do not recommend that you rely on this as a way of getting the Library to purchase a book.
Supply times for books vary considerably and if your list is delayed there could be a delay in placing the order for the books.

You should recommend books for purchase as soon as possible by completing the Book recommendation form

If you would like to discuss your resource needs further, please contact the librarian for your department.

B. Coursepacks

Coursepacks are particularly appropriate where large numbers of students are all expected to read the same book chapter or journal article each week, especially if there is no course text book available. Please email or contact Heather Quinn, Learning Resources Co-ordinator, tel:(0114) 222-7249 for further details.

C. Eoffprints - Electronic offprints

Digitised versions of print based material, not available elsewhere, can be made either under licence from the Copyright Licensing Agency or by permission from individual publishers. A link to the book chapter or article concerned can be made through the appropriate Resource list.
Please email or contact Heather Quinn, Learning Resources Co-ordinator, tel:(0114) 222-7249 for further details.

Eoffprints request form


If you are considering using text extracts, images and other content that is not your own in MOLE, there is a strong likelihood that this is covered by Copyright Law. Further information is available:

If you are considering using text extracts, images and other content that is not your own in lecture slides within a classroom you should consider using out of copyright or free to use materials. If that is not possible you may still be able to go ahead as it is not an infringement to copy for purposes of instruction and for examinations. This is covered by Section 30 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 as “fair dealing for criticism or review”. “Fair dealing” means that you can reproduce limited portions of copyrighted works without infringing the interests of the authors or copyright owners. Please do check with if you are unsure. For subsequent uploading of these slides to an online environment – please see above.