Student Guide

Reading Lists

Guide for Staff

The library's online reading list service is available to help you provide an online, dynamic, engaging resource list for your students.

Using our online reading list service has many benefits, including:

  • Getting links to the list directly from your modules in CampusMoodle
  • Providing students with links to online resources
  • Providing digitised content in a way that meets the Copyright Licensing Agency's legal requirements


Look and feel

The reading lists have a modern look and feel and aim to give students a good experience when working with their lists.

Resource Types

You can add lots of different types of material to the reading lists, introducing your students to all relevant sources: eBooks, books, journal articles, journals, websites, videos, PDFs, theses and more.

Online Resources and Print Holdings

Students can access recommended websites, online videos, e-books and electronic journal articles straight from their reading list! Information about holdings for print material is also available.

Sections, Notes and Tags

It's easy to categorise your resources in the best way for your module with sections.

Also, you can provide more guidance and information about individual resources with the use of item notes and tags.

Setting Up Your Lists

Just email us at with the following information:

Module information

  • Module number
  • Module name
  • Module co-ordinator
  • Delivery mode
  • Number of students
  • Date the list is needed by

List information

  • Items you want on the list e.g. books, journal articles, web pages
  • Identify any items you want tagged as Suggested for student purchase, Essential, Recommended or Optional
  • Information about how you want the list organised e.g. divided into weeks, split by topic and so on
  • Any notes you want either on the list or linked to the items

Any other requirements

  • Identify any book chapters or journal articles you would like digitised

The library will then create the list for you and investigate the items on the list.

We will check for the most recent editions of any books and will buy, unless informed otherwise, the most recent edition.

We will look to see if books can be bought as an eBooks and if available will buy the eBook in preference to the print (please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss this). If it is only available in print we will order paper copies. If we already have the book in stock, we will look at if additional copies are needed.

We will check that recommended journal articles are accessible and add links for on and off campus access where available.

The library will also check which book chapters and journal articles may be digitised in accordance with the Copyright Licensing Agency Higher Education License (see below) and make the digitised versions available.

When the list has been finalised we will publish it and link it to the relevant module code. This should ensure that reading list link in the module on CampusMoodle will go to your list.

We will email you when the list has been published. Any items we have ordered will be added to the list as they become available.

Updating Your List

We recommend reviewing your list each academic year to ensure the resources included on it are still relevant to your module. If there are changes then please email us at and we will update your list.

We are happy to check your list for new editions and eBook alternatives.

At this time, academic staff are unable to get editing rights to update lists. We hope to introduce this feature at a later stage and will advertise it when it is available.

Linking to Moodle

All the published reading lists are linked to a module number. If your module has an associated reading list then a link should be available, these links look like the image below:

Some modules may also have a reading list banner near the link and the next image shows one example of a banner:

If you cannot see the link, or the link doesn't work, - contact or your School's E-Learning support for assistance. They can also help if you would like to add a banner as well.


Links for non standard modules may need to be added manually in the study areas. If this is the case, please contact us and we can provide you with the links.

Making material available online to students

There may be times when you would like to digitise book chapters or journal articles and make them available to your students.

This must be done through the library’s digitisation service. Academic staff cannot scan and upload these to modules on Moodle.

To find out more, please take a look at the Digitisation Service for Staff Guide.

In addition, there may be times when you want to upload journal articles, books, reports etc. that you have found in databases or on websites to your module area on Moodle.

It is best to do this using links within the reading lists as generally items can not be posted directly to Moodle.

For more information please see the Adding other reading material to Moodle section in the Digitisation Service for Staff Guide.

Sharing Links to Lists

Whenever you want to share the link to your reading list, remember to share the permalink or shareable link, not the link appearing in the address bar of the browser.

To get the shareable link, you have to be logged in. You will already be logged in if you followed the link from Moodle. Otherwise, click on Guest and log in, and then login using your RGU username and password. You can then search for your reading list using the module number.

Once logged in, click the three dot icon and choose Create a shareable link, then To List.


Use this link if you want to share the reading list homepage.