Reading lists: detailed checklist

Detailed checklist to improve students' access to your reading list.

Can students afford the book?

Please consider the following:

  • How much does the book cost? (Library staff can help with this)
  • Is it available electronically? (Library staff can help with this)
  • If the student is studying at a higher level, should they be encouraged to find their own texts? (Library staff can ensure students have the skills to do this)

Can students afford the cumulative cost of all the books?

If colleagues on related modules are also recommending that students purchase a book, can students afford the cumulative cost?

Can the library purchase an electronic version or alternative text?

Is the book (or other reading) available from the library?

Use the library search to see if the library has a copy of the book or other reading.

If it isn't available, contact your Subject Librarian or suggest a copy is purchased.

How many copies are there?

The library search should tell you how many copies the library holds. Is it enough for the number of students?

If not, contact your Subject Librarian.

Please also bear in mind:

  • all students on the module may need to access core texts within a specific timescale (ie in the run up to a tutorial, assignment deadline or exam)
  • modules other than yours may be directing students to read the same text

In these cases, electronic formats are strongly recommended, if available.

Can the library buy it as an e-book?

An e-book is generally more accessible to your students, who may be working off-campus or even abroad.

The library can find out if the book is available in an electronic format. Please contact your Subject Librarian for further information.

Publishers may sometimes restrict access to their e-books which may mean a limited numbers of students can access the e-book at the same time or per year. Please contact your Subject Librarian to discuss the available options.

Can the library scan a chapter of the book?

The library has a digitisation service that can (after checking compliance with the University's copyright license) scan a chapter from your recommended text and put the digitized copy online.

However, the digitisation service is not intended to be an alternative to the purchasing of core texts by students, please be aware of the CLA's guidance on textbook substitution when submitting multiple requests for a module.

Do any of your students require the book in an alternative format?

We can convert books (including whole books) included on your core reading list into alternative formats for disabled students who have difficulty accessing printed texts.

Contact the alternative formats service and make a request.

Is the journal article available from the library?

The library search should tell you whether the full-text article is available in print or electronic format.

If it isn't available, contact your Subject Librarian.

We advise you to provide the reference to the article and not a hyperlink, as links are not always reliable. Students should be able to find the article through the library search.

If it is only available in print format, can the library scan the article and put it online?

The library has a digitisation service that can (after checking compliance with the University's copyright licence) scan a recommended article and put the digitized copy online.

Is the reference in the correct format?

Please cite your recommended texts using either the UWE Harvard or OSCOLA referencing standards.

The library provides guidance on all referencing systems in use at UWE Bristol.

Do any of your students require the article in an alternative format?

We can convert journal articles included on your core reading list into alternative formats for disabled students who have difficulty accessing printed texts.

Contact the alternative formats service and make a request.

Is it clear to students why they should undertake further reading?

Please consider whether the length of the further reading list is appropriate to the module credits and the level of study.

Also, whether it is clear to the students:

  • what they will gain by engaging in further reading?
  • whether they need to read them all, or just select a few?
  • when they need to read them?
  • why they are on the reading list, if they are not available from the Library?

Do your students have the skills to find their own texts?

Students have access to study skills support (online, one-to-one and workshops) that can help them understand how to make best use of the library and develop their broader academic skills.

If you would like to discuss how the Library can support the students on your module, please contact your Subject Librarian.

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