Many lecturers issue students with a reading list containing references to books, journal articles and other useful materials to help with assignments. There’s lots of help available to ensure you find what is on your reading list and so successfully complete your work.
Some reading lists can be very long. Check the Study Advice guide on managing academic reading for help on reading in a focused and selective way.
Online reading lists
To improve your learning experience, the University has invested in an online reading lists system. This session many more academic staff are taking up the use of the Reading Lists system which allows tutors to create annotated reading lists, accessible online via Blackboard or the internet. These lists give you real-time availability of University Library print material and links to online resources such as e-books, e-journal articles, external webpages and embedded multimedia. You will also be able to access scanned extracts of key readings directly from your reading list.
For a quick guide on how to get the most out of your online reading list, watch our video.
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How to find the items on your reading list (paper or online): start with the catalogue!
Start with our advice on understanding your reading list. This guide explains how to identify the different kinds of references and successfully search for them on Enterprise, the Library’s catalogue.
- If you cannot find a book you might have mistyped your search – check the spelling of your search terms.
- There might be a mistake, or typing error on the reading list – try searching for a few key words from the title.
- If you have an online reading list, click on the title of the item to find real-time information about availability and where in the Library the item is located.
If you need further help searching Enterprise for a reading list item, ask at a Library information desk, or get in touch with you Liaison Librarian.
Getting hold of the books you need
When books are in high demand there are several ways you can ensure you get hold of the books you need by:
- Placing a hold on a book
- Booking an item in Course Collection
- Accessing e-books
Placing a hold on a book
If a book you want is out on loan to someone else you can place a hold on (reserve) the book using Enterprise. To find out more about how to place holds watch our video below.
You can see your place in the queue, if there is one, and can cancel your hold by logging into your account on Enterprise.
You will receive an email when your hold is available. You can then collect your hold from the Holds area within the Course Collection on the ground floor of the Library. There are detailed instructions on the Library website.
Booking an item in Course Collection
If a book you need is in the Course Collection, you can book it to ensure that you can use it at a time convenient to you.
You can book up to two Course Collection items for the 10:00, 16:00, and weekend slots (16:00 on Friday). You can book up to seven days ahead. When your booking time arrives just collect the book from the shelves and issue it on the Self-Service Point. Make sure you keep a note of the Call Number so that you can find the item on the shelves. You will have one hour to collect the item from the start time of your booking – no one else can borrow the item during that time.
More detailed instructions on how to book a Course Collection item are available on the Library website.
You don’t always have to borrow a print copy: accessing e-books
The Library provides access to many e-books and these can be found through Enterprise, in the same way as print books. You can filter your search results to only show e-books by selecting the ‘Online’ access and ‘Book’ format options from the menu on the left hand side of the screen.
To read the e-book click on “Click here for online access to this book” and then just log in with your University username and password.
What if something on my list isn’t in the Library?
The Library contacts all departments to request reading lists before the start of each course. When lists are sent to us, we try to ensure we have all the items on the lists. A lecturer may recommend you buy your own copy of a book, or it may be readily available to you elsewhere, such as in a departmental resource centre.
Please tell your Liaison Librarian if an item on your list is not held in the Library and your list does not indicate it is available elsewhere.
If the item you need is in the Library, but there is high demand for it and you feel there are not enough copies, contact your Liaison Librarian, who can arrange for copies to be placed in the Course Collection. Your Liaison Librarian may also purchase extra copies, if appropriate, or an e-book version, if available.
Alternatively, consider going beyond your reading list by searching Enterprise for a particular topic or looking on the shelves for books with similar call numbers.
This is one of a series of tips to help save you time and effort finding or using information
This tip was written by Kerry Webb, Course Support Co-ordinator.