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Make items available for students

Reading lists and recommended texts

There will be a new reading lists system in June 2022. This will affect the way that tutors create and update reading lists. It will change the look and feel of how reading lists work, but won’t alter how students use the lists to find their key texts.

Read more about the change and support available

We work with you to make sure that the reading and texts that you recommend to your students are available.

We collect your reading list recommendations using the Minerva Reading Lists tool. We purchase new items if needed and insert links into your list for students to access the material.

How we make items available

There are a number of ways we make items available for students:

We make material available online first to allow the greatest access. This is not as straightforward as you might think for ebooks, and there are some things that you can do to help us speed up the process and use our resources wisely.

What we need from you

These are the key things that you can do to make items available for students:

  • Use the Reading Lists tool in Minerva to create or update your module reading lists as soon as you can.
    We accept lists at any time, but lists submitted before 14 August will have material available for the start of semester one.
  • Use the “Core reading” tag
    Prioritise core readings using the “core reading” tag. This speeds up checking and helps us to prioritise spending on your list. We have specialist suppliers for online textbooks who charge an annual subscription based on cohort size. This approach is only affordable for a couple of key texts per module, so it helps us to focus on the most important items on the list.
  • Prioritise your items
    If possible, use the comment function to let us know the priority order of your “Core reading”, eg by numbering 1-5
    It’s also really helpful to know if any single text on the list will meet student needs, or if it doesn’t matter which one of the core texts is available online. We can then direct our purchasing to the book with the best licence conditions for access.
  • Use the “OCR” tag for digitising chapters of books
    Tag the reference “OCR” (Online Course Readings). We can digitise a single chapter of a book without paying for additional online access
  • Try to use existing library holdings where possible
    Use Library Search to find articles and books already available online (you can limit your search to online only).
  • Update your reading list as early as possible throughout the year
    We process lists in the order we receive them and work through them as quickly as possible.

Our process

We base purchase decisions on the number of students on a module and whether the text is core or background reading.

We will check all items tagged “core reading”, all newly added items and “OCR” items.

For longer lists we might prioritise the core reading and return to background reading later, in order to process as many core texts as possible before the start of term.

If we find that an item is not available online, we will let you know by using the comment function on the reading list tool. We’ll also send you an email, so you know to check your list for comments.

We will try our best, but we cannot guarantee that requests received after 14 August will be ready for the start of teaching in semester one. We process requests in the order we receive them and will let you know when material is available in Minerva.

Please check our reading list progress page to see the volume of requests we are currently working with, if you haven’t heard anything from us.