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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


When sending us your lists please:

  1. Clearly mark Essential Readings, these will be prioritised for purchase or digitisation
  2. If you want an existing list updated, please clearly highlight the changes 
  3. Provide an estimate of student numbers and the module code wherever possible

Please send us any lists required for Autumn term 2020 as early as possible to allow time for orders to be placed and digitisations processed.

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. 

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)


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