The Library provides access to all sorts of information resources to support your learning and research. You can search all of the library's collections through the Library Catalogue, or get more information on each type of information resource and how it might be useful to your studies below.
- Using the Library
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We're here to help
Library staff provide support, help, and training to enable you to get to grips with the literature of your subject and the Library's resources. We have staff with expertise on information resources in your subject area.
- Digital Scholarship
The Library welcomes opportunities to advance our Digital Scholarship. Our areas of contribution include content, technology, infrastructure, partnership and the practice-based expertise in our team.
The Library provides a reading list support service that integrates:
- Reading Lists
- Library resources
- Library acquisition & chapter scanning
Benefits of the Reading List System
- Priority ordering will be given to reading list items
- Collection Development will order required e-books/books - no need for separate ordering
- E-links will be checked and appropriate loan lengths of books will be assigned
- Print only book chapters/articles will be digitised
- Students will access list via Blackboard
- Student engagement can be monitored via the Dashboard feature
Better Reading List Functionality than Blackboard
- Unlike Blackboard, Library resources will automatically work off campus
- Unlike articles that are uploaded on Blackboard, important usage figures (inc. citation counts) will be accurate
- A module reading list can be shared and managed among academic colleagues
- We can ensure compliance with copyright regulations
- Collection Development will be notified of any updates to the reading list
- Each list has a permanent url and can be added to Akari - there is no loss of important module information
We are currently running regular training sessions in the Library Training Room. These are aimed at lecturers or any teaching support/administrative staff involved in reading list provision.
If you are unable to attend these training sessions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steps in Using the Reading List Service
- Log into reading lists and create a user profile (public)
- Install the bookmark button to your browser for adding books/journal articles/webpages
- Create and structure the reading list and quickly bookmark resources. Please refer to our Reading List Guide Version 8 and training videos below. We also regularly run training sessions on using the Reading List Service.
- Publish the reading list.
- The Library will review the items, purchasing new books, digitising requested chapters/articles not available online.
Reading List Support Materials
Our Reading List Guide Version 8 provides a detailed overview of:
- creating a list
- adding reading list books, articles and materials (bookmarking) to the list
- publishing a reading list
- linking the list to Blackboard.
See our short videos below covering the main elements of using the reading list service.
Our Reading List FAQs addresses a number of common questions e.g. Can I link a reading list to more than one module? Can a reading list be shared? etc.
Please contact email@example.com if you have any queries or require further assistance.
For information on the Library's Digitisation Service scanning limits please refer to our course guidelines for Course Material Digitisation.
Creating and Structuring a Reading List
Bookmarking a book from the Library Catalogue
Bookmarking a Journal Article from the Library Catalogue
Installing the Add to My Bookmarks Button on Internet Explorer
Installing the Add to My Bookmarks Button on Chrome
Installing the Add to My Bookmarks Button on Firefox
Linking from Blackboard to your Reading List
Linking from Blackboard to a Reading List Section
Instead of linking to a full list you can also link from Blackboard to sections of a reading list e.g. Week One Readings