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Reading Lists: Academics: Selecting List Resources

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Selecting resources for your list

A range of resources can be linked to via an online reading list. Please use Library Search to check the digital availability of any library resources you wish to include.

If you list a whole book on a reading list, particularly for Essential or Recommended reading, please check that it is available digitally. If it is not available digitally and is an Essential reading, please select a single chapter. The Library cannot digitise entire books. Single chapters, or 10% of the book (whichever is greater), can be digitised for Essential readings.

  • The guide, Introduction to Ebooks, provides advice on searching the Library's collections for ebook availability. You can find out more about the ebook licenses available on the Library's online eBook License Guide.
  • For Essential readings, you can check the availability of ebooks for potential purchase from our main supplier, ProQuest. The Library has a read-only account for academics which enables you to search the platform. Login details are available from your Subject Librarian or email readinglists@gold.ac.uk.
  • This guide to searching for articles will help you locate online articles available via the Library. There is also guidance on browsing online journals. For Essential readings, our copyright license allows us to digitise one article from a journal issue where we hold this as a hard copy.
  • The E-Resources A-Z provides a full list of online databases and indexes available via the Library. Specialised library e-resources for specific subject areas are listed on the Library's Subject Guides.
  • The Library's guide to Open Access Resources will help you find academic materials that are freely available online.

In addition to books, single chapters and articles, non-text-based resources can also be linked to via an online list, including:

  • online, audio-visual resources, such as films and documentaries from platforms listed in our guide to Audiovisual Collections
  • digital audio recordings, such as podcasts or music
  • websites

Wherever possible, please try to select resources that are already available online.

You are encouraged to use resources from a variety of perspectives. The Library is committed to diversifying and decolonising our collections, and resources reflecting a range of voices have been purchased for both reading lists and as part of the Liberate Our Degrees initiative; recommendations for purchase are always welcome.

  • For more information on Liberate Our Degrees, please see the Liberate Our Library web page.
  • All resources purchased under this initiative can be viewed by searching for the keyword ‘liberatemydegree’ on Library Search.

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