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ReadingLists@Hull, 2020-2025: Recommended Reading

Courses taught wholly online

There is no expectation that courses taught wholly online, such as Hull Online Programmes, will need to use print resources. Other than that exception, the definition of, and criteria for, Recommended Reading applies.

Programmes that adapt a blended learning approach for Trimester 1, 2020-2021, should observe the Reading list policy and ensure a range of print and digital resources are available via the associated reading lists.

For information about how to create or manage your lists in ReadingLists@Hull, go to

Recommended Reading - definition

Recommended Readings are supplementary resources that expand on the topics and themes found in “Essential” items and allow students successfully to explore further and exercise critical thinking.

The following criteria also apply to Recommended Reading:

  • Should be selected to progress our aim of decolonizing the curricula
  • Should be available via the University Library in both digital and print formats to ensure fair and equal access for ALL students
  • Must include some Open Access, Open Educational Resources, or Creative Commons resources. See separate tab.

What this means

Not all texts are published in both print and eBook formats. Consider how a mix of formats can be used to create a list of comparable/ equivalent/ complementary titles. In such a scenario, there is no expectation that students need to read all of the texts. Add clear directional notes into ReadingLists@Hull so your students can understand their reading options and your expectations. This can be done by adding notes into the ‘Description’ for each list section, or the ‘Note for students’ for each text.

N.B. An individual ‘Note for student’ alongside each title is most noticeable.

eBooks restricted to a single or small number of concurrent users should be used with caution. There is more information about the most common eBook licences on the ‘eBook access’ page.

When you submit your order requests via ReadingLists@Hull, the Library will advise you if there are any issues of which you should be aware. Remember to 'Request review' as this is how the Library knows you have added requests to your lists.The earlier you submit requests, the more time there is to address any issues that arise.

The Library is working to make eBook licence information part of the results screen in Library Search. Go to 'More information' and check the 'Publisher' line.

If the Recommended reading is a single chapter from a book, it may be possible to digitise it. See the Digitisation page for more information.

Remember: the Library cannot purchase Kindle eBooks.

Scenario 1. Create list – Essential readings – print and unrestricted eBook available in Library

  1. Check Library search to identify potential Essential reading(s)
  2. Title is available in print and eBook with access. If Not, go to Scenario 2
  3. Add eBook and print to ReadingLists@Hull. Use ‘Note for student’ to indicate your expectations and help students manage their reading
  4. When list is complete, Request review to alert Library to order requests

Scenario 2. Create list – Recommended readings – print available in Library, no eBook

  1. Check Library search to identify potential Recommended reading(s)
  2. Title is available in the Library in print only
  3. Add a ‘Note for Library’ to the title asking for eBook to be purchased
  4. When list is complete, Request review to alert Library to order requests
  5. The Library will contact you if there is no eBook available for HE, or if there are licence restrictions