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Reading Lists: Academics

Reading Lists for Academics


The majority of reading lists here at Goldsmiths are created by the Reading List Team - if you would like the library to create or update an online reading list for you please email it to


Submitting reading lists for the online reading list system

To ensure we can process submitted lists efficiently:

  1. Send the reading lists as a Word document (ideally as one document for the whole term), with any changes to an existing reading list highlighted or tracked.
  2. Provide the current module code, title and estimated student numbers (required for embedding in the VLE and purchasing decisions).
  3. Provide a contact name and email address in case we have any queries relating to readings.
  4. Mark the importance of each item/section of readings on the list as Essential, Recommended, or Further Reading. This helps students to prioritise their readings and the library to prioritise which resources to source.
  5. Provide full references for readings/resources (including chapter details and page ranges for chapters/extracts).


Please send us any lists required for Autumn Term 2021 as early as possible to allow time for orders to be placed and digitisations processed. The deadline for Autumn Term reading list submissions is Friday, 2nd July 2021, with June/July 2021 the optimum time for submissions.


Why should I mark item importances on my Reading List?

Selecting an importance for an item can be very useful in guiding the reading of your students, particularly if the reading list is a long one, where students might not be expected to read every item. Marking an item as ‘Essential’ will make it clear to the student that this item must be read in order to succeed in class.

ReadingLists@Gold allows you to set three levels of importance on a reading: Essential, recommended, or further reading.  It is vital to mark the item importance on your reading list for two reasons:

  • It allows students to prioritise their reading, so that they can engage in class more effectively
  • It tells the library which texts to prioritise for purchase and/or digitisation


Essential (Usually around 10-20 items per list you expect students to consult)

Recommended (20-30 items per list you would encourage students to consult)

Further (readings you would suggest for deepening understanding)


Embedding online lists on the VLE (Learn.Gold)

A step by step guide on how to link a reading list to your VLE module page.


Editing your own reading lists

If you would prefer to create or update your list yourself, please contact so we can set you up with staff access to the system. On the left hand bar of this page you will find a series of tutorials to demonstrate how to use the system.

Subject to staff availability we are also happy to provide 1-1 and group training to support to any staff starting out with the system. Browse the tutorial below or contact us or your Subject Librarian for further support.

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