Library resources for your students

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.

Resource Lists

The Resource Lists service, provided by the Library, enables students to directly access digital resources such as online articles, ebooks, and websites, and view the availability of physical items such as print journals and books. Using Resource Lists ensures that your recommended resources are provided in a stable, accessible and legal form, and provides an overview of resource usage.

Watch the videos below in our collection ‘Using Resource Lists: a guide for staff’ to find out how to use the Resource Lists service to recommend resources to your students.


Reusing a resource list from last year

If you are a member of staff teaching a module which had a Resource List last year and you want to make it available for the next cohort of students, watch the video below, Making a previous year's resource list available for the new academic year.

Before you do this it’s a good idea to make sure you’ve copied across any other content you want to use from your previous years’ Blackboard (MOLE) course following the instructions on the Digital Learning webpage MOLE - Setting up your site for the forthcoming academic year.

Access a PDF version of this guide.


Setting up a new resource list

If you need to set up a new resource list, watch the video below, Setting up your Resource List from Blackboard (MOLE).

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Now you can choose if you’d like to create your resource list yourself or upload a document for the library to process on your behalf.

How to create your own resource list

How to upload a document for the Library to process

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When preparing a document for upload, 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
  • Which resources are key reading for your students
  • If applicable, that the course is a distance learning course

Adding resources to your list

Once you’ve created your list and set up the basic structure you’ll want to start adding resources to it. You can add both resources from the Library’s collections and resources from external sources such as websites and online videos to resource lists.

Watch the video below, Adding resources from the University Library to a Resource List to discover how to add resources from the Library.

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If you discover that the Library does not have a resource in its collections which you’d like to add to your resource list fill in the Book Recommendation Form to suggest the item for purchase.

Watch the video below, Adding resources from outside of the University Library’s collections to a Resource List to discover the easiest way to add external resources.

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Organising your resource list

Once you’ve added a selection of resources to your list you may want to indicate to students specific chapters you’d like them to read, further subdivide your list sections, or move resources around your list. Watch the video Organising your Resource List to discover how to do all these and hear about some further useful features of the Resource Lists system.

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If you need any further guidance about the Resource Lists service please contact the Teaching Support Section by emailing resourcelists@sheffield.ac.uk.

Providing resources for your course

Ordering new books

If you discover that the Library does not have a resource in its collections which you’d like to add to your resource list fill in the Book Recommendation Form to suggest the item for purchase. Make sure you fill in the Recommendations for Teaching section of the form with the details of:

  • which module the resource is for
  • number of students registered on the course
  • which section of the resource list you would like it added to
  • whether it is key or wider reading
  • details of any specific chapter that you would like students to read

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

Digitised extracts (Eoffprints)

In order to supply as much of your key reading digitally as possible we may produce digitised extracts (or Eoffprints) of materials where we can do so under licence from the Copyright Licensing Agency or by seeking permission from individual publishers. A link to the digitised extract (Eoffprint) will be added to your Resource List where appropriate.

It is no longer necessary to request digitised extracts (Eoffprints) separately from a resource list. Instead, when creating your resource list yourself or when compiling a document to upload for us to process please clearly mark which resources are key reading and which sections you would like students to read and we will do the rest! You can specify a specific chapter or section you would like students to read using the Public Note functionality in the Resource Lists system (see our guide Organising your resource list - video or PDF).

If you have had digitised extracts (Eoffprints) for a module in the past these will all be visible within the resource list for that module. These will be available for the next academic year automatically unless we have been in touch with you to tell you otherwise. If you want to remove any of the digitised extracts (Eoffprints) from your resource list you can do this by following the guidance in our first guide Making a previous year's resource list available for the new academic year (video or PDF).

If you need any further guidance please contact the Teaching Support Section by emailing resourcelists@sheffield.ac.uk.

What can you share legally with your students, and how?

The Resource Lists service ensures that material is shared with your students legally.

For further guidance on the use of copyright material in your teaching, including books and journals and audiovisual materials such as images, music and film, please see our Copyright and your teaching web pages.  Here you will find information about how you can ensure that the use of copyright material for teaching and learning purposes is legally compliant, sustainable, and fair.