Reading lists - Staff


Reading List Support

Training Sessions

Academic Support Librarians run workshops covering how to make the most of the reading list system, including a live demonstration. Please book via advantage.

Lunchtime drop-in sessions

Our reading list team are available every Wednesday 12:30-1:15 to help you with your reading list queries. If you're a member of staff with an issue, or want to ask a question, then please feel free to drop into the online session.

Getting started

The Reading List system is a valuable pedagogical tool to support student learning. Research shows that reading lists provided by course tutors are very helpful in supporting students to understand the topics and learning for their modules and to produce assessments*.

Adding resources to your online reading list is the best way of ensuring that these resources are available and accessible for your students. The Library will purchase and provide copyright-cleared access to each and every resource included on your list unless it is not possible to do so.

*Active Online Reading Project (QAA)

Create your list

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When creating your list please remember to:

  • Label essential reading on your list as 'core'.
  • Indicate any chapters or articles you would like us to scan.
  • Indicate if a specific edition is required. Otherwise, we will add the most recent edition.
  • Tell us If you would like your list to be divided into sections, for example by theme or by week
  • Add resources that can be acquired electronically, favouring ebooks and ejournals to print
  • Avoid out-of-print material where possible.
  • Consider the length of your list. You can add as many resources as you like but we recommend aiming for a balance of breadth and depth.
  • Add a range of resource types where appropriate. Remember that the Reading List service is not just for books, chapters and journal articles. You can also add datasets, links to web resources, pdf files, videos and so on, and the Library provides access to LinkedIn Learning and Box of Broadcasts as well as a large number of databases.

Want to learn more ways to create an engaging list? We have devised a series of super-quick training resources to help you get to grips with updating your reading lists. If you ever need any additional support, then please don't hesitate to contact us at:

Decolonise your reading list

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Decolonising reading lists is an integral part of the work of decolonising the curriculum and enables all students to explore and reference different cultural histories and narratives in their work. This approach can also increase a sense of belonging within the University and so ultimately contribute to the work of closing awarding gaps.

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Making the most of Reading Lists at Salford: A guide for academic staff 

Learning guides