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‚Äôs 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 Manager, 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 Manager, tel:(0114) 222-7249 for further details.

Eoffprints request form

Copyright and your teaching

It is a common misconception that 'educational use' applies to uses of copyright works in a teaching context.

The bad news: this is a myth.

The good news: there are other ways to ensure that use of copyright material for teaching and learning purposes is legally compliant, sustainable, and fair.

Here you will find guidance on use of copyright material in your teaching, including books and journals, and audiovisual materials such as images, music, and film.