Resource Lists for Academics

If you intend to issue a Resource List to accompany your course, programme or elective, these simple FAQs will explain what you need to do and how the Library will work with you to make your readings available to students.

What is a Resource List?

A resource list contains all the learning resources that you expect your students to engage with during your course. This can include books, book chapters, journal articles, television programmes, web resources, and multimedia. Presenting these resources together in a structured way is helpful for students and conducive to successful learning. 

Why Should I Send My Resource List to the Library?

Supplying your Resource List to the Library in good time is a requirement of your teaching. The reasons for this are clear:

  • We can ensure that all the texts you are asking your students to read have been purchased, and in adequate numbers
  • We can maximise student access to texts through the purchase of digital copies, where available
  • We can scan selective readings, where this is permitted under our Copyright License
  • We can enter dialogue with you when, for whatever reason, a resource is unavailable
  • We can embed your Resource List in your Canvas course for maximum discoverability and ease-of-use

Where a Resource List is not submitted to the Library in good time, we cannot accept responsibility for a lack of access to the materials you require.

How Should I Structure My Resource List?

GSA Resource Lists are split into two sections:

  1. Key Resources are those that you expect everyone on your course to engage with. Some of these resources may be books or book chapters, and where you identify a reading as ‘key’ the Library will endeavour to make multiples copies available, either through the purchase of a digital copy or selective scanning in line with our Copyright Licensing Agency allowances. Where a book is not available digitally, or it is not possible to scan selective passages, the Library will endeavour to keep a physical copy on short-loan, so that students are not disadvantaged in their use of the text.

  2. Additional Resources are those that are useful but not essential. You can use this section to signpost resources that allow your students to explore a subject in greater depth, or in relation to their own creative or research practice.

How Do I Submit My Resource List?

To submit your list please complete a  Resource List Form and return it to us at We will confirm receipt of your list, process it, make it available to your students, and inform you when it is live Canvas.

How Will My Students Access Their Resource List?

Once processed, your Resource List will be embedded into a specific section of your Canvas course. This means that your students can access all their readings easily, alongside their other course materials. Because your students will have already logged into Canvas, access to digital texts and scans will be seamless and they will not have to login separately to view them.

All GSA Resource Lists are also publicly browsable here. Sometimes, pre-arrival or prospective students are keen to see what they are expected to read before they arrive at GSA, and you can share this link with them for this purpose. They will not be able to access or read the actual texts via GSA until they have matriculated and have been supplied with a GSA network login.

Providing digital copies of key articles or book chapters is an excellent way to support student learning. The Library provides a scanning service to support this, in accordance with our Copyright Licensing Agency licence.

Our CLA licence permits the Library to make copies of copyrighted material for staff and students where:

  • the material is covered by the Licence
  • a maximum of 10% / one chapter / one article is copied
  • GSA owns an original published edition of the book or journal

All scanning must be done by the Library. You are not permitted to scan texts yourself and provide them to your students or others.

This is because:

  • Several compliance checks are required before scanning is allowed
  • Specific copyright declarations have to be appended to the scanned material
  • Scans must be deposited and managed within a closed, secure network
  • All scans and files are audited and reported to the CLA annually
  • A large fine can be levied by the CLA for non-compliance

Comprehensive information on our copyright allowances and restrictions are given here.

Note that these requirements and workflows relate only to the institutional provision of scanned materials to students. They do not affect an individual’s ability to photocopy or scan material for their own private, individual research or study, up to the limits prescribed by copyright exceptions.

How Can I Diversify My Resource List?

Many students are calling for Resource Lists that make greater reference to diverse voices. If you are interested in diversifying the voices and views presented in your Resource List, we have signposted some useful resources here. These are alternative resource lists that have been developed by academics, students and institutions, across a variety of disciplines or topics. The Reading List Toolkit, developed by the University of Huddersfield, is intended to help course teams diversify the teaching curriculum and ensure their Resource Lists adequately represent the diverse student voice.