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Reading List Support Material: Hints & Tips

Updated guide!

Tips for Trimester 2

Preparing your reading list for Trimester 2, 2020-2021

The levels of importance used in ReadingLists@Hull were revised during the summer to reflect the move to blended learning. They take into account the health and safety restrictions necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting limited access to physical Library resources.

The levels of importance are in the ReadingLists@Hull policy guide

It is critical that you revisit any resource that you have previously identified as Essential. You may need to find alternative sources of information. Please check the scenarios listed on the Essential reading tab of the policy guide.

The following hints and tips are based on the experiences that academics and the Library had in preparing for Trimester 1.

Tip 1

Time is of the essence

It takes time to find and acquire alternative Essential resources, and just how long depends on many variables. The key is that the sooner you start the process, the more likely it is that there will be a successful outcome that ensures students have resources at the start of trimester. 

Tip 2

Start with Library search

The Library search allows you to discover online material at chapter and article level. Use it to find resources that are readily available and can be added to reading lists.

Information about eBook licence terms (e.g. how many people can use the title at any one time) is displayed when ‘More information’ is expanded:

eBook image displaying licence information


Tip 3

Not all eBooks are available for Library purchase

Publishers may state that an eBook is available. This does not mean the Library can necessarily make that title available. Some reasons for this are that the title is available:

  • for Kindle and other eReaders only
  • via several retailers but only licensed for purchase by individuals
  • as an annual subscription only
  • to specific cohorts only, at a price-per-student, and is not transferrable to another cohort

In such circumstances, the Library can approach the publisher to try to negotiate the release of the title for library purchase. However…

Negotiations with publishers

There is no guarantee of success. For trimester 1, the success rate was 10%. 
It can take weeks to reach a conclusion, successful or otherwise. If the publisher declines to make the preferred title available for library purchase, then another resource will need to be identified.

Tip 4

Request review when you publish your amended reading list!

Once you’ve added new resources and requests for digitisations to your reading list remember to click on “Request review”. This is the way in which the Library is informed that your list needs to be checked for requests. Unless you request a review, the Library will not know that resources need to be ordered.

All digitisation requests should be marked with a Library note, "Please digitise" before you request the review.