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Reading Lists: Academics: Submitting Lists

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Academics: Submitting reading lists to the Library

If you would like the library to create or update an online reading list for you, please email it as a Word document to

Benefits of online reading lists

Reading Lists @ Gold is an online system of communicating reading list requirements to students.

The online reading lists link students directly to the resources required for their modules, giving them quicker, easier access to the materials they need. Feedback also indicates that direct access to resources via online reading lists assists students with referencing material for assignments.

The online reading list service:

  • Provides easy access to resources, and improves student experience
  • Supports Goldsmiths’s commitment to equality by making resources accessible
  • Supports teaching and learning by ensuring students can identify and access essential resources
  • Communicates which resources are essential: if not already accessible online, the Library will purchase online resources or digitise print materials wherever possible.

Summer 2021

Please send any Summer reading lists for updating or creating on the online platform to

Autumn 2021

Please send any lists required for Autumn Term 2021 to as early as possible to allow time for orders to be placed and digitisations to be processed. We receive a large number of Autumn lists, so the earlier you can send them in, the better!

The deadline for Autumn Term reading list submissions is Friday, 2nd July 2021, with June/July 2021 the optimum time for submissions.

Best practice for submitting reading lists

To ensure we can process submitted lists efficiently:

  1. Send the reading lists to 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, term(s) the module is running 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 resources on the list as Essential, Recommended, or Further Reading. This helps students to prioritise their work and the library to obtain any Essential resources not already held.
  5. Select book chapters for essential readings instead of whole books, especially if the title is not available as an ebook. Generally, the Library can digitise one chapter or 10% of a print book, whichever is greater.
  6. Provide full references for readings/resources (including chapter details and page ranges for chapters/extracts).

Why mark resources as Essential, Recommended or Further Reading?

Reading Lists @ Gold allows you to choose between three levels of importance for a resource: Essential, Recommended, or Further Reading:

  • Essential: Usually around 10-20 resources per list you expect students to consult that are accessible online, either via the Library or Open Access
  • Recommended: 20-30 resources per list you would encourage students to consult
  • Further: Resources you would suggest for deepening understanding

Marking the importance of your resources:

  • Allows students to prioritise their work, so that they can engage in class more effectively
  • Tells the library which resources are Essential, as these will be purchased or digitised. We ask you to select Essential resources that are already accessible online wherever possible.

Particularly if the reading list is a long one, students might not be expected to access every resource. Marking an item as ‘Essential’ will make it clear to the student that they need to engage with this material in order to succeed in class.

Embedding online lists on the VLE (Learn.Gold)


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