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Resource Lists

Why we want all resource lists

Students have told us that they can’t always find the books and journal articles they need for courses in the Library and so we are asking you to help us keep the Library stock up to date. Send us copies of all of your resource lists so that students can access all of the material you need them to read for teaching. Whenever you refer students to material remember to tell us so that we can make it available in the Library.

Electronic Resource Lists

The Library encourages the use of electronic resource lists. We use the Aspire software which enables the creation and management of web based electronic reading lists, with lists sitting between and integrating with Canvas (or any web page) and the Library Catalogue.

On an electronic reading list, each reference to an item in the library will be a link directly to the item’s details in the library catalogue. References to websites, online journal articles or other electronic resources will be links directly to the resource in question. Items can be added to an electronic reading list without re-keying the data, for example it is possible to simply “harvest” it from the library catalogue or from other online resources. This makes list creation fairly simple and helps to maintain accuracy.

As a result of the QEC meeting on 5 May 2011, there has been a change in our policy and procedure with respect to reading lists. To enable the Library to create more lists and enhance the student experience for a greater number of students we have implemented a limit of 100 items on any reading list created from July 2011.

Sample Electronic Resource List

See a sample reading list, with examples of links to the different types of resources: items held by the library, ejournal articles and web sites:

Link to Sample Resource List

You can search for and access all of the current resource lists at Stirling from this page

Sending your resource lists to the Library

All you need to do is attach your resource list as a WORD document in an email to: Reading Lists ( The resource list should not exceed 100 items.

  1. Module (or programme) code
  2. Title for the module
  3. Course coordinator
  4. Semester (or other dates) the course is running. Please provide start dates.  If you do not provide start dates we will assume the official start date of the relevant semester.
  5. Estimate of student numbers
  6. Whether the course is by distance learning
  7. If you know DOIs for references please include these – they can significantly speed up list creation
  8. Please mark on the list whether you would like references made available in digital format – we will investigate the options/costs and get back to you with details. For example we can obtain digital copies of book chapters or journal articles that are not already available in electronic format.
  9. A note to tell us if you don’t want an electronic resource list created

Lists should be sent in one month before the start of semester. This is because we do a lot of checking in order to ensure the list is accurate, e.g., we check whether there are enough copies in stock, whether we have the required edition in stock, etc.  Resource lists arriving after this deadline will be dealt with on a best endeavours basis.  For any non-standard modules starting later in the semester please allow at least 4 weeks for the list to be created.

Note after this deadline date we may still be able to prepare your resource list but we can no longer guarantee it will be ready for start of semester. Email Reading Lists to check whether we can work on your list.

Information for your students

Aspire is very straight forward to use and students will very quickly get used to it. Using Resource Lists is a video we have created to help students begin to use the resource lists

Benefits of Resource Lists

  • Enhances the students’ learning experience
  • Provides students with online access to up to date course or module resource lists
  • Provides quick and simple access to resourceg list items for students
  • Facilitates student navigation between course content, resource lists and the library catalogue
  • Facilitates seamless access to paper-based and electronic resources (including accessing online journals at the article level), either directly to the resource itself or to the library catalogue record
  • Eases academic management of, and student access to, local and external web based resources
  • Ensures that essential material to support teaching and learning is available
  • Encourages the use of electronic resources
  • Increases the visibility and use of the Library Catalogue
  • Improves communication and collaboration between academics and library staff regarding reading lists

Feedback from Resource List Users

(NB Talislist was the old software in use prior to Spring 2013)

Comments from staff:

  • “Invaluable. Using Talis meant I can now abandon hard copy reading packs which has saved a lot of time and money!”
  • “It provides a “one-stop-shop” for student’s reading needs and acts as a catalyst for further reading”
  • “From initial scepticism regarding ‘spoon feeding’ for students, I have now found TalisList invaluable for distance learning students… I consider it an essential feature for any new web based modules.”
  • Comments from students:
  • “As a part time student working full time and a family [TalisList] helped me save time finding cited references and more time to read them. Thanks”
  • “I really struggled and wasted many valuable hours obtaining articles in the first few modules, the TalisList certainly made better use of my time as you could access articles instantly. Valuable asset to this online learning process.”
  • “TalisList is excellent and should be made mandatory for every unit!”

Contact Us

If you would like more information about Resource Lists or would like your resource lists made available electronically in this way please contact us: Reading Lists (or