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Resource Lists: FAQs

How to use Resource Lists@Bham

Frequently asked questions

1. How long will it take?

This depends of course on how many items you include in your list, but the process used to edit lists is very quick and no slower than typing out list of books and articles in Word or Canvas.  Once you have created your lists the links to the library catalogue and journal articles and other online resources are live so your students will always be automatically be directed to the latest information about a resource. You can use shortcuts like importing references from EndNote.

2. Is it difficult/technical?

Setting up your profile and uploading the special bookmarklet tool can be rather fiddly but after that everything is very straightforward.

3. Isn’t this just admin work?

No. You can annotate your lists with advice and instructions to your students on how to make the best of the resources you are recommending and help them understand why you are recommending the resources. OK, using ResourceLists@bham helps with the administration of acquiring resources but it can also be part of the pedagogic process which transforms the students experience and improves NSS.

4. How does it work with Canvas? Haven’t I already put all this in Canvas

You can upload your list as external tools into Canvas to suit the way your module is laid out.  Once you have created your lists the links to the library catalogue and journal articles and other online resources are live so your students will always be automatically be directed to the latest information about a resource. Depending how you have already incorporated your recommended resources into Canvas that might not always be the case.

5. Do students even bother with it?

Yes. This is what students have been saying:

‘I found it very useful – I like how it enables you to select the reading status of each material’

‘It has inspired me to actually do the readings / makes literature much easier to find’

‘Easier to view readings on a lecture by lecture basis’

6. What if I forget what to do?

Downloadable Guides are available from this guide. Online tutorials will follow. Your Engagement Advisor can also remind you how the system works

7. Doesn’t it stop students looking for material themselves/wider reading?

You can structure your list to promote databases such as ProQuest, Web of Science, OVID  or specific journals and get them to do their own searches. ResouceLists@Bham   cuts down the amount of time students spend looking up particular reference and often getting confused and lost on the way. This way they go straight to the article or audio Visual clip they need and therefore have more time to engage with the resources, and have more time to do their own wider reading.

8. Can more than one tutor take ownership of a list?

Each list has one overall owner but any number of tutors can be assigned editing rights

9. Can I check if my students are really reading the resources I am recommending?

Yes. You can see which overall figures resources are being logged into and how often the dashboard but you cannot identify individual students .

10: Can I import a list of reference from Endnote, Zotero

Yes.

11: I have several very similar lists do I have to create them all from scratch or can I ‘recycle’ my lists

It is possible to have copies made from one original list and edit the copies as much or as little as you need to.

12: Can I use Amazon or Google Books instead of Findit as a source

Yes, whichever  you feel most comfortable with. Once you have  added a record from Amazon to Resoucelists@Bham the system will automatically search Findit and if we have a copy of the item display our holdings