Resource Lists for Academics

If you would like to submit or edit a Resource List that accompanies your course on CANVAS please email us at

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. All of our resource lists are public on our Resource List website so potential students will be able to see your resource list prior to beginning at GSA. Resource lists from Keylinks are also imbedded in your course Canvas page under Modules.

All academic staff should be enrolled on our GSA Resource List Canvas course which contains all the information that you need to know about structuring your resource list, getting your intent across, choosing materials and inclusive content and copyright. You can work through this course from start to finish, or dip in and out to find the information that you need. If you haven’t yet been enrolled please contact us at

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?

You can structure your resource list any way that you see fit but you should be conscious of how students might perceive your material when deciding on a structure, see the GSA Resource List Canvas course for more information on how best to use Keylinks’ personalisation features to provide a clear structure for your list.

Scanned Material

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

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 and in the Resource List Training Canvas course. These are alternative resource lists that have been developed by academics, students and institutions, across a variety of disciplines or topics. We have also created a of alternative publishers and distributors which can be viewed here.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.