For each module you take, you will find at least one reading list on the Yorkshare VLE. These lists link directly through to YorSearch, helping you to locate print copies, and giving you quick access to any electronic texts. Scanned extracts from library books are also linked where copyright permits.
Further reading recommendations may be provided in module guides, or during lectures or seminars. You can search YorSearch to find the item you need, using the author's name and/or title keywords.
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Reading Lists are designed to provide you with easy access to reading materials for your module. They can include print and e-books, journal articles, websites or podcasts, for example.
Your lecturer might have structured your lists by topic or by week to help you navigate them more easily, and you'll find that items are tagged as essential, recommended or background so that you know which to read first.
The Reading Lists system provides information about where items are in the Library and it also tells you if books are out on loan. Direct links are provided to electronic resources to make accessing them really easy for you.
It tends to be books and journal articles but you might also find recommended websites, videos, scores etc. Basically it could be anything that your lecturer thinks is useful to read for the module.
You might find your lists structured in different ways e.g. by week or by topic, which will give you a place to start. Most items are designated by the lecturer to be essential, recommended or background reading which will also indicate what its priority is. If you’re still not sure where to start with your reading, or how much you need to be reading each week, then please speak to your lecturer about this.
Reading Lists are set up so that separate sections are collapsed, making it easy for you to navigate to the section you need. You can use the compact view to make each section or item smaller. This is particularly helpful if you are using a device which has a small screen. Note that this will remove from the screen any notes that your lecturer has added to an item; you will need to click on titles to view them.
To search, click on the search icon at the top of the list and type in your search term. You’ll then be able to scroll down to all the items on the list that match your results.
If you want to filter the list then click on the filter icon at the top of the list. You can then filter by tag (essential, recommended or background) or by type of resource (e.g. article, book, etc).
Yes we do. We ask your lecturers to tag all items on a reading list as one of these three categories:
This helps you to prioritise your reading and it also lets us know how important a reading is for your course. This helps us work out how many copies to purchase. We also take into account:
*Note that not all departments make use of the background tag so you will mainly see items marked as essential or recommended.
Yes, you can use My Collection to gather materials you want to read.
Cite It! is a bookmarklet tool, and is the easiest way to add items from the web to My Collection. To install the bookmarklet tool:
You can use Cite It! to add items to My Collection whilst browsing the web. For example, if you find an interesting article on Web of Science or JSTOR, you can add this to My Collection using Cite It!.
We want to make sure that all of our students can make best possible use of the Library and its resources. Please take a look at our accessibility web page for more information about the ways we can help.
On the menu on the left-hand side of the module homepage you will see a link called Reading Lists. Click on that to access your list.
If you want to return to the Yorkshare module site, click on the module name in the top left-hand corner.
For each item on your reading list you’ll see a link appear; this may say 'Check availability' or 'View online', depending on the type of item that is available.
Click on this to see what is available e.g. to access the ebook or locate the printed copies.
If the book you need is out on loan you can place a request on the item to get hold of it quicker. You can place up to 10 item requests at any one time.
Here are a few suggestions to try:
If these don’t help then you can either speak to your lecturer to say that you are having problems accessing your course reading or you can contact your Academic Liaison Librarian directly. They’re here to help you make the most of our resources so they’re always happy to hear from you about this sort of thing.
We always try to buy an electronic copy wherever possible to help as many people as possible get access to a book, but it does depend on what the publisher has made available. If an ebook isn’t available we will try and buy extra print copies. We also recommend that your lecturers use our Digitisation Service to provide a scanned chapter from the book.
Depending on what your error message says, there are a few things you could try:
If things still aren’t working please email email@example.com with details about the module you are trying to access and a screenshot of the error message.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with information about the module and the link you are trying to access and we can look into what is going on.