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Resource Lists: For Staff

How to use Resource Lists@Bham


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New 'drop in' sessions

As well as our regular workshops we are now offering drop in sessions where you can come along for tailored 1-2-1 advice on specific aspects of resource lists, or to solve any problems. Please book to let us know how many people to expect, even though you are not committing to the whole session.

Drop by during the following times

Thursday 25th May  10:00-11:30
Nuffield  Building G11  


The TEL Professional Development Gateway for Teaching and Learning now has section on Resource lists which contains examples of best practice, videos from academics and students, and everything you need to know to set up, maintain and make the most of your lists.

Sign up for a workshop

Sign up for our workshops

The next workshops are  on

Wednesday 10th May     14:00-15:30pm
Nuffield  Building G11  

We are also offering Drop-Ins:

Drop by during the following times for 1-2-1 advice on specific aspects of resource lists, or to solve any problems

Thursday 25th May  10:00-11:30
Nuffield  Building G11  


Many Schools/Departments are requesting bespoke workshops to show their staff how to set up and manage lists. If you would like your School/Department to set up training please contact your Departmental Library Rep or your Subject Advisor.

Infomation for Staff

Resource Lists@Bham makes it easier for your students to find library resources which you have recommended for specific modules.

Resource lists (which used to be called reading lists) contain all types of material: books, journal articles, chapters in ebooks or film clips etc.

  • Books: link to the library catalogue for real-time availability information on screen
  • E-books: 'Access the eBook' goes straight to the e-book.
  • Journal articles: link straight through to the full-text of the article
  • Web pages: click through to the appropriate website
  • YouTube, Box of Broadcasts and other videos: play on screen.

click here to see the FAQs

Getting started

Before being able to add any items to your lists you must:

Use the series of guides below to help you and/or book on a workshop where you can have hands on practice.


Sign into the  TEL Professinal Development Gateway for Teaching and Learning  Resource lists course which contains examples of best practice, videos from academics and students, and everything you need to know to set up, maintain and make the most of your lists.


Use the following guides (PDFs) and  Video Tutorials to learn how to set up and maintain your resource lists. The guides have been updated (August 2016) with a better layout. There are now two guides for linking to Canvas depending on the way your Canvas has been structured.

Getting started and adding the bookmarklet tool (PDF)

Sign In & Edit your Profile  (Video Tutorial)

Get your assigned lists (Video Tutorial)

Ensuring the Bookmarks Bar is visible  (Video Tutorial)

Installing the Bookmarklet tool  (Video Tutorial)

Creating and adding bookmarks (PDF)

Managing your lists(PDF)

Integrating Resource Lists with Canvas using Modules (PDF)

Integrating with Canvas (Modules)  (Video Tutorial)

Integrating Resource Lists with Canvas using Pages (PDF)

Integrating with Canvas (Pages) (Video Tutorial)

Digitisations (Scans) (PDF)


Click here for copyright guidance.

Take a few moments to look at the FAQs

Using reading categories

By selecting an ‘importance’ for each item on your Resource List you will

  • help students plan their reading strategy effectively
  • provide Library Services with the information they require to ensure sufficient access to resources.

If importance categories are assigned, Library Services will use them to inform purchasing decisions using.  Please note, it will be assumed that an item is not essential unless an importance is specifically assigned.

There are 4 levels of ‘importance’ for books defined as follows:



Suggested for student purchase

All students need access to the entire text for a number of weeks

Essential reading

Core reading that is required of all students, essential for developing a deeper understanding of the topic

Recommended reading

Reading that is desirable to broaden understanding of the subject

Background reading

Wider reading used by some disciplines; often used to explore a specific  aspect of the subject in greater depth

For more information see

An Academic's Perspective

Dr Erin Sullivan of The Shakespeare Institute was one of the presenters at the Talis insight Conference held in Birmingham 20-21 April and her presentation was really well received.

Digitisations for ResourceLists@Bham

The Digitisation Service produces high quality copyright compliant digital extracts of book chapters and journal articles and other types of content for use in your  Resource Lists under the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).   The Licence covers most printed books, journals and magazines published in the UK, plus many published overseas. 

The 'request digitisation' function in ResourceLists@Bham does all of the licence checking for you.  If there is a problem it will tell you immediately offering you the chance to select an alternative resource, or to request further information from the team.

Once your request is submitted and approved, the Digitisation Service will scan the extract and upload it directly into your Resource List.

Please see the attached guidance on how to submit a digitisation request.

Cick here for copyright guidance’

See an example resource list

To see an example of a resource list see our test list Exhibitions which Changed Art History Here you will see links to TV programmes on BoB (Box of Broadcasts), images in Bridgeman Education, journal articles,websites and books from the Library Catalogue

Or see  Employment Law winner of Talis ResourceList of the week (17 November 2016)

Your feedback

We’d love to hear what you think of Resource Lists @ Bham – please email your feedback to

What students have being saying so far:

‘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’