Information Services

What is the Resource Lists service?

The Resource Lists service uses Leganto to provide online reading lists for students and help Course Organisers manage the provision of materials for teaching. A summary of the service for Semester 1 2020/21 is provided.

Key features

  • Resource Lists provide online reading lists using the reading list system Leganto. 
  • Any resource with a web address can be added to a list, including books, ebooks, journal articles, websites, videos and podcasts.
  • Resource Lists can be accessed via a course in Learn or Moodle or from the service homepage: (sign in using your University login).
  • Lists are visible outwith the University but can be restricted to University staff and students on request
  • Items on a list can be filtered by resource type or priority
  • Lists are rolled over each year in June
  • Lists can be exported to word or PDF documents in a variety of citation styles. 

Why is the Library encouraging use of Resource Lists?

1. To improve the student experience

  • Students benefit from a consistent route to access their key course materials via Learn, Moodle or directly from the Resource Lists homepage
  • Students become confident that if there is a resource list for their course, the Library has ensured materials are made available to students in sufficient quantities and, where possible, in a digital format
  • Students are introduced to key resources and signposted to further reading.
  • Key resources become more accessible to students: more time is spent reading resources on a list than searching for them.
  • Resource Lists help students to prioritise their reading. Students can quickly see which items are 'Essential' reading.

Accessible and inclusive learning: using Resource Lists enables students to prioritise readings and complies with the University's Accessible and Inclusive Learning Policy.

Accessible and Inclusive Learning Policy (PDF)

2. To make it easier for Course Organisers to use Library services

  • Resource Lists simplify and streamline access to Library services, saving time and better supporting learning and teaching.
  • Course Organisers can set up a list in 10 simple steps or ask the Library to create one for them. 
  • Resource Lists ensure that the Library always has adequate copies of print books on a list or has provided access to e-books (when available). 
  • Course Organisers can use Resource Lists to request copyright-compliant digitisations (scans).

3.  To provide the Library with oversight of materials that are used in course teaching 

Resource Lists help us make better informed purchasing choices, based on information gathered via the service. 

Semester 1 2020/21

For Semester 1 2020/21, Essential readings should be available to students online where possible. The Library will prirotise Essential and Recommended resources. 

Service summary

  • Resource Lists are the Library’s preferred route for managing the provision of course reading.
  • Essential readings should be available to students online.
  • The Library will check e-book availability for ALL Essential and Recommended items.
  • For Semester 1 2020/21 multiple copies of print books will not be purchased. Single copies will be purchased to allow for copyright-compliant digitisations.
  • If a suitable e-book is not available for an Essential item and chapter details and/or page numbers are included to highlight key readings for students, the Library will automatically try to source a copyright-compliant digitisation of the relevant chapter/pages.
  • The Library will link copyright-compliant digitisations to the corresponding citation(s) on Resource Lists and add a Digitisation available tag to highlight availability to students.
  • Course organisers can use their Resource Lists to highlight key texts for which they would like the Library to carry out additional e-book checks.
  • The Library will prioritise Essential readings, followed by Recommended readings.
  • Further reading will not be prioritised.
  • Single copies of new Essential and Recommended print books will be located in Reserve and Short Loan respectively. Existing print holdings will be moved to Reserve or Short Loan as access to buildings allows.
  • Resource Lists with more than 200 citations will be managed in consideration of resource, time and budget.
  • If a title is not available as an e-book or covered by the CLA licence and a scan can’t be provided, Course organisers will be notified and advised to contact their Academic Support Librarian (ASL) as soon as possible if they require help in selecting an alternative text. 

For more information on how the Library will manage the provision of Library materials read Manage your Course Reading Sem 1 2020/21



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