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2020 Using Resource Lists


Resource Lists are your one-stop shop for all the books, articles, videos, policy documents and other resources that you expect your student to engage with.

Resource Lists integrate seamlessly with Blackboard so you don’t need to maintain separate reading lists anywhere else.

There are lots of ways you can integrate Resource Lists into your teaching and support your students (video 5:54). You can organise and annotate your lists in any way to best suit your teaching.

Resource Lists is fully accessible and works with screen readers and keyboard shortcuts.

Our Alternative Formats service also provides print-disabled students with as much reading from their Resource Lists as possible, at the appropriate time for them and in suitable formats.

You can help us by ensuring your lists are published well before the beginning of semester. This ensures we know what students need to read and gives us plenty of time to source alternative formats to meet their needs.



Getting started

Logging in

To see all of your Resource Lists, including those in draft, go to Resource Lists. Click on Log in on the grey bar and use your University network account. You already have a profile, as well as list publishing and editing rights.


Add the Talis Aspire plug-in to your browser

To add resources to your list you first need to install the Talis Aspire browser plug-in.  

Finding and adding your lists

There will usually be an existing list for you to edit, as we rollover lists each academic year. Click on My Lists to view any that are already assigned to you or use the search bar to search by module code or name. Click on the list you want to edit and click on Add to My Lists, so you can quickly find it in future.



Editing and organising your lists

Creating a new list

You only need to set up a new list for new modules (video 12:22), as we rollover existing lists.



Bookmarking is the quick and easy way to add books, journals, and other sources to your lists (video 6:02). You can bookmark from anywhere online, including Library Search or websites like Amazon and YouTube. It’s rare that you’ll have to manually add a bookmark, although this may be necessary to bookmark some PDFs. You may like to try using the lookup feature in resource lists to create a new bookmark or update an existing bookmark. 

You can save bookmarks directly to your Resource List, or you can add them to My Bookmarks to find them again easily and re-use across multiple lists at another time.


Editing your list

You can edit your list in any way that suits your teaching style and guides students to read effectively. You can organise by themes, weekly reading, or types of source by adding and arranging sections, and adding notes and resources (video 4:43).


Requesting digitisations

To help students access as much reading material as possible, you can request digitisation of book chapters and print journal articles (video 6:00) directly from your Resource List.



Publishing and linking to your lists

Publishing your list and sending for review

You need to publish your finished Resource Lists so that students can see them. You also need to send them for review so that we can order any new items in time.


Linking your list in Blackboard

Make it easy for your students to find your resource list by attaching your resource list within your Blackboard module (video: 1:33)

  • Make sure your module resource list for this academic year is published.  You cannot link to a draft list.
  • In your Blackboard module, click the reading list link in the menu on the left
  • Log in if prompted to do so
  • Search for your list by module code, and then select Save.


Linking to list sections within Blackboard

If you arrange your Blackboard module by subject, theme, or by week-by-week activity, you can structure your Resource List to match this. You can then link sections of your list to the relevant bit of your Blackboard module (video 1:49). 



Frequently asked questions

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If you are an academic member of staff and you can’t see your resource list in Blackboard it could be either:

  1. You need publish the resource list for the current year
  2. You need to search for the resource list within Blackboard by module code and then save the correct list

Your Academic Liaison Librarians can help with this.

If you need to link to your Resource List, for example in module documents, you should include a URL in the format, where ABCD1234 is your module code.

You can change the referencing style to any of the styles supported at Worcester, using the Citation Style option (video 0:08) in your lists.

You can use the list dashboard to see the analytics for your lists (video 1:54).

Your requested materials are automatically checked against the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) licence.

The licences states that the University must own a copy of the book or journal article. Personal copies don’t count.

However, if don’t have a copy, we can buy copyright cleared chapters and articles from the British Library. This is sometimes a more cost-effective option for us.

There are limits to how much of a particular work we can digitise. These are:

  • up to 10% of a published work; or
  • one whole chapter from a book 
  • one whole article from a single issue of a journal
  • one whole scene from a play
  • one whole paper from a set of conference proceedings
  • one whole report of a single case from a volume of judicial proceedings
  • one short story, poem or play of not more than ten pages from an anthology

The publisher must also be covered by the terms of the licence. This means that all printed books, journals, magazines, conference proceedings and law reports published in the UK Kingdom are covered, unless specifically excluded.

Categories of works not covered by the licence include:

We also can’t use the licence as a substitute for buying original material. For example, we can’t make a selection of scans from multiple works for a single module instead of recommending a textbook to students. This is known as textbook substitution.

Your requests must be associated with a module for an academic year, or part of an academic year. 

If your request is rejected, the requested material isn’t covered by the CLA licence.

You will be given different options for how to link to online resources. We should be set up so that it doesn’t matter what you choose. However, we recommend picking Open URL for full text articles and journals available from our library subscriptions and web address for other online content. If you use DOI check the bookmark link doesn't hit a paywall.

If you want students to read a particular chapter of a book, make sure it’s clearly marked in your list. When bookmarking:

  1. Change the Resource Type in the drop-down menu to Chapter.
  2. The title box should be edited to indicate which chapter of the book is required, for example, Chapter 6: Book chapter title.
  3. Use the Add field menu to add the chapter author(s) and the page range of the chapter.

You have to add bookmarks one at a time. You also can’t copy whole sections and move them from one list to another. However, you can copy another Resource List to use as a template if the content is likely to be very similar.

No. But you could copy the document to GoogleDocs and then bookmark that into your list. Alternatively, add the document to the relevant place in your module documentation and add a note to your list referencing it.

Yes, but not automatically. You will need to copy and paste your list URL into the relevant bit of Pebblepad.