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About Resource Lists

The Resource Lists service provides online reading lists for students. Course Organisers use Resource Lists to manage the provision of materials for teaching.

About Resource Lists

  • Resource Lists provide online reading lists using the reading list system Leganto. 
  • Add any resource with a web address to a list, including books, e-books, journal articles, websites, videos and podcasts.
  • Access Resource Lists via a course in Learn or Moodle or from the service homepage: http://resourcelists.ed.ac.uk (sign in using your University login). 
  • Lists are visible outwith the University but can be restricted to University staff and students on request. 
  • Filter items on a list by resource type or priority. 
  • The Library rolls over lists each year in June. 
  • Export list to word or PDF documents in a variety of citation styles.

Why use Resource Lists?

1. To improve the student experience

  • Students benefit from a consistent way to access their key course materials via Learn or directly from the Resource Lists homepage. 

  • Students can be confident that if there is a Resource List for their course and their Course Organiser has sent it to the Library to review, we have ensured Library materials are made available in sufficient quantities and, where possible, online. 

  • Students can access online resources directly from their Resource List. Information about holdings and availability of print material is also provided.

  • Students spend more time reading and less time searching for items on a list. 

  • Course Organisers can provide information about individual resources and highlight essential chapters to read with the use of item notes and tags. Students can also be signposted to Further reading.

  • Using Resource Lists enables students to prioritise readings and complies with the University's Accessible and Inclusive Learning Policy. Students can quickly see which items are 'Essential' reading and when online resources are available.

2. To make it easier for Course Organisers to request Library materials for teaching

  • Resource Lists provide the Library with oversight of library materials that are used in course teaching and inform how we make those materials available to students. 
  • The Library uses the priority you assign to items on your list (Key text, Essential, Recommended or Further reading) and student numbers to manage purchases and the provision of copyright-compliant digitisations (scans) for teaching. 

  • The Library will also move a number of copies of books tagged 'Essential' to Reserve (3 hour loan). 

  • You can can use Resource Lists to request purchase of new resources for teaching throughout the year. 

  • You can set up a list easily and guides and videos are available to help. If you’ve never used Resource Lists before, you can ask the Library to create a new list for you.

Suggested good practice

The Resource List Framework was created in consultation with the Vice Presidents of Education and Activities & Services from the Students’ Association. Seven principles of good practice have been suggested and are described in the Framework.

Read the Resource Lists Framework in full. 

Resource Lists are most useful to students if they are:

  • Easy to access - access is provided via the Resource List link in Learn and is therefore consistent across courses, regardless of discipline.

  • Clearly laid out - section headings indicate when and what students are expected to read, for example: lists may be organised by theme, week, lecture or seminar topics.

  • Prioritised and annotated - items are prioritised using, ‘Essential’, ‘Recommended’ and ‘Further reading’ so that students can understand clearly what they are expected to read and can manage their reading accordingly. Notes are added to highlight relevant chapters and pages and to provide other useful information.

  • Up to date - lists are regularly reviewed considering feedback from students, usage data and availability of resources. Students are confident their Resource Lists are current.

  • Realistic - consideration has been given to how many resources students can reasonably be expected to read over the course of a semester and how key materials will be accessed. Where possible, key texts are provided digitally, as e-books or copyright-compliant digitisations. Separate bibliographies may be created using Resource Lists to encourage students to explore a subject or carry out their own research. 

  • Collaborative - Course Organisers make use of system functionality to allow students to suggest relevant texts, which creates a collaborative dialogue between staff and students and helps to encourage diversity in reading lists.

  • Made available to the Library in good time - to allow sufficient time for the order/delivery of books and for copyright-compliant digitisations to be made available to students in time for the start of semester.

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