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New! Resource Lists quick guides for course organisers

We’ve just published a couple of new quick guides to help course organisers edit their Resource Lists and manage course reading:

Edit your Resource List

This guide will show you how to:

  1. Add a new resource to your list
  2. Delete resources on your list
  3. Move resources on your list
  4. Send your list to the Library for review

Manage your course reading

This guide will show you how to:

  1. Add a new resource to your list
  2. Request a book purchase
  3. Request book moves to HUB or Reserve
  4. Request a copyright-compliant digitisation

We’ll be creating short videos and adding more quick guides to the website over the next few months, so keep an eye out for those!

For more information about Resource Lists, you can have a look at the other user guides on our website.


We’re also running Resource Lists workshops over the next few months – full details in our earlier blog post.

If the dates don’t suit and you’d like to arrange a school-based workshop, demo, Q&A or 1-2-1, please get in touch with



Resource Lists Workshops

We run Resource Lists workshops for academic staff, learning technologists and course administrators.

In preparation for 2019/2020 we are running a series of two workshops; one for beginners and another for more experienced users of Resource Lists.

Getting started workshops

Getting started workshops are aimed at new users or Course Organisers who would like to refresh their knowledge of Resource Lists. By the end of this workshop you will:

  1. Be able to set up your own Resource List
  2. Know how to use your Resource List to:
    • Manage the purchase of new or additional copies of books
    • Request copyright compliant scans
    • Request book moves to HUB/Reserve

Beyond the basics

Beyond the basics. This workshop is aimed at Course Organisers who already have a Resource Lists and focuses on how to edit a list and use it to request Library materials for teaching. By the end of this workshop you will:

  1. Understand how the Library uses Resource Lists to provide access to key texts
  2. Be able add, delete and move items on your Resource List
  3. Know how to use your Resource List to:
    • Manage the purchase of new or additional copies of books
    • Request copyright-compliant scans
    • Request book moves to HUB/Reserve
  4. Be aware of the key Resource Lists features for students


Workshops will be held April– July either in the Main Library or in Argyle House and can be booked via MyEd.

Resource Lists (Leganto) Getting started: how to set up a Resource List for your course

Resource Lists (Leganto): Beyond the basics: How to edit your list and use it to request new books and copyright-compliant digitisations for teaching

School-based sessions, one-to-ones and refresher training

We’re also happy to come to you and can arrange school-based workshops, Q&A sessions, one-to-ones or refresher sessions to fit around Course Organisers’ schedules.

If the dates don’t suit and you’d like to arrange a school-based workshop, demo, Q&A or 1-2-1, please get in touch with

Resource Lists Week question of the day: how do I find my resource list?

Thank you to everyone who came to chat at the Murray Library today! The thing we probably got asked most was nice and straightforward: how do I find my resource list?

There’s two ways to get to your resource list: from your course Learn page or the Resource Lists homepage:

However, not all courses have resource lists! If you’re not sure, speak to your course organiser or contact Library Learning Services ( and we can check for you. Course organisers can contact Library Learning Services at any time if they would like to start using Resource Lists.

Learn (and Moodle)

The labels might be slightly different depending on your course but, to find your resource list, go to the Learn page for your course and:

  1. Click on ‘Resource List’ in the navigation panel on the left, then
  2. Click on the ‘Resource List’ link, which takes you to to actual list








A small number of courses use Moodle – if there’s a resource list, the course page will also include a link!

The Resource Lists Homepage is where you can find every single published resource list. You can see the resource lists for your own courses, but also have a look at related courses or perhaps get an idea of next year’s reading. You can search for a list by course/list title, code code, or the name of the course organiser.




It’s Resource Lists Week 2019!

The Library Learning Services team have been allowed out of the office and we’re on tour all next week. Here’s the schedule:

Monday 11am – 1pm: Main Library

Tuesday 11am – 1pm: Murray Library

Wednesday 11am – 1pm: Chrystal Macmillan Building

Thursday 11am – 1pm: 50 George Square (TBC)

Friday 11am – 1pm: Main Library

We’ll be available to answer any of your questions about resource lists. We’ll also have our laptops, so we’ll do our best to sort out any issues and give you some tips on using your lists.

There will also be sweets, our beautiful crocheted bunting, and some brand new freebies. And… 10 x £10 book vouchers to give away! Very exciting. Come and say hello.

Resource Lists Survey 2018 – now open!

Tell us what you think about resource lists

In 2017/18 we implemented Leganto (our new resource lists platform). One year on, we’d like to find out how we’re doing.

What do you like/dislike about the service or system? How can we make the service better? Is the Library meeting the needs of you and your students in the provision of course materials?

We’d be grateful if you would take 10 minutes to complete a short survey to help us improve our service.

The Resource Lists survey is available here:

If you would like to arrange a Resource Lists demonstration, workshop or refresher session, or if you have question about the service, please email

Resource Lists: New in June

In response to feedback, this month there’s a new option for course organisers and students to choose a compact view of the list, so that more citations fit on a screen.

New! Compact list view

To condense the citations, click on the compact view button at the top of the list. Then click on this button again to see the citations in the fuller format.

Very handy for smaller screens! Here’s what it looks like:

Standard view:

Compact view:


Collapsed list view

Another way to change the appearance of the list is to use the toggle section view option. Click the button at the top of the list to see, at a glance, the different sections and how many items are in each section (in brackets).

To open a  section to see all the citations and access resources, click on the little arrow to the right of the section title. This makes long lists with lots of sections more manageable!

Collapsed view:

Expanded view:


Choose a item type

When you create your own citation, you can select the item type. There are different data fields for different formats (for example, if you choose  ‘book chapter’ item type, you can add in the page numbers for the start and end of the chapter). This month, there’s a new option to add a score:


More information

We’re running workshops over the summer for academics, learning technologists and course administrators: bring your course reading list along and turn it into a fully-functioning resource list! More details and booking here:

We’ve also got user guides on our website:

If you have any comments or queries about Resource Lists, please get in touch with Library Learning Services at

Resource Lists: Rollover 14th June

On 14th June we will rollover Resource Lists from 2017/18 to 2018/19. Please do not edit your 2017/18 list after 13th June as any changes made will not be rolled over. Vet lists will be rolled over at a later date TBC.

What will happen when lists are rolled over?

*If* the course is running in 2018/19, rollover will duplicate your current 2017/18 Resource List and create a new version of the list for 2018/19.

On 14th June there will be two versions of each list (2017/18 and 2018/19).

  • The 2017/18 version will remain ‘Active’ until the end of resits.
  • On 19th August, 2017/18 courses will become ‘Inactive’ but lists will remain published and will still be accessible to students.

On 14th June, the current 2017/18 version will become READ ONLY, please make any changes for next academic year to the new 2018/19 version of your list.

Student access

Students will be able to access previous years’ lists either via the corresponding year’s course in Learn or via  (from August, they must select ‘ALL’ or ‘Inactive’ to find non-current years’ lists).

Please don’t unpublish 2017/18 lists.

Can’t see the new 2018/19 list after rollover?

  • If you can’t see a new version of your list after rollover, let us know. Course organiser information comes from central systems – we realise that the people teaching may not always be identified here. Let us know and we can provide access.
  • If the course availability has changed (eg the course will be taught in Sem 1 instead of Sem 2) let us know.
  • If a course hasn’t been confirmed for 2018/19 it may not rollover on 14th June – if it’s confirmed at a later date, let us know and we’ll copy your 2017/18 list.

If you are no longer teaching on a course, if there have been any significant changes to a course or list or if you have any questions, please email

Resource Lists: New in May

Updated! Add items to your resource list

The way to add new items to your list looks a bit different. This is how it works:

  1. Click on the blue + button in the panel at the top of your list.
  2. A panel will now open on the right:

Now you’ve got three ways to add items to your list: Search, Create, and My Collection.


This is where you search DiscoverEd; once you’ve found the item, you can simply drag and drop it into your list:

Or, you can:

  • Click on the item
  • Choose the section from the drop-down menu
  • Click on add









If you need to create your own citation – if it’s something not held by the Library or available online – then you can use this option.

Type in the details, pick a section from the drop-down menu, then click on add.







My Collection

My Collection is where you can store and organise your personal collection of resources (ready to add to your lists).

This works in pretty much the same way as the search option:

You can drag and drop an item directly into your list.

Alternatively, you can click on an item, choose which section you’d like to add it to, then click add.











More information

We’re running workshops over the summer for academics, learning technologists and course administrators: bring your course reading list along and turn it into a fully-functioning resource list! More details and booking here:

We’ve also got user guides on our website:

If you have any comments or queries about Resource Lists, please get in touch with Library Learning Services at

Resource Lists: New in January and February 2018

It’s a bumper edition this time, with resource lists updates from January and February. As ever, if you have any questions about the features please get in touch with the Library Learning Services team at

Restore recently deleted lists

New! You can now recover your deleted lists! If you’ve accidentally deleted a list, or want to recover something you thought you’d never need again, you can do this from your ‘My Lists’ page in Leganto.

Click on the reading list options button (the three dots near the top of the screen) and select Recently Deleted.

All of your recently deleted lists will now be visible on this page. To restore a list, select reading list options, then click on Restore. It will then be visible again to your ‘My Lists’ page (in draft).

Add Notes to lists

New! There’s now an option to add notes between citations in your resource list. You can still add a public note to any individual item on the list, but this also gives you the option to add a standalone note anywhere in the list:

To add a note, click on the section options button (the three dots on the right) and select Add a note.

Fill in the details, then click Add

NB By default, your note will be added to the bottom of the section, but you can drag and drop the note to any position in the resource list (in the same way you can for citations).

Search filters added

New! Options to filter your search results by type eg book, article, audiovisual etc. are now included in the Leganto search box, which means you can narrow your search results when adding items to your list.

Add the same item to multiple lists

New! Finally, a small (but handy) update: you can now add an item to multiple resource lists using the Cite it! button. Click Add to add the citation to a selected resource list. This keeps the Cite it! window open, so you can continue adding the item to multiple resource lists. (If you only want to add the item to one resource list, click Add & Close, which adds the item to the list, then closes the Cite it! window.)

Beyond your Resource List: more ways to find course resources

For some of your classes, your resource list will be a useful starting point, but you’ll want to explore other resources in the Library (and beyond). Here are some of the ways you can find what else is out there:


DiscoverEd is the Library’s discovery service; use it to search the Library’s collections, including books, e-books, journal titles, journal articles, and databases.





Student Request a Book (RaB)

Student Request a Book form

If you can’t find a book you need for your studies, you can use the Request a Book form and the Library will try to buy it. However, it can take a few weeks for a book to arrive; if you need something quickly, you might want to submit an interlibrary loan request instead.

Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

About Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

You can use the ILL service to borrow material not held by Edinburgh University Library. Most things can be requested: books, articles, reports, conference proceedings, patents, standards as well as other materials. All staff and students have a quota of free requests per academic year (5 for undergraduates, 30 for postgraduates and staff) and straightforward requests from widely-available books or major journals can arrive within a few days, but more obscure items can take longer, so don’t leave your request to the last minute!

But how do I find what isn’t in the Library…?

Many ‘extra’ resources will come from the bibliographies of the books and journal articles on your resource list; you’ll come across an interesting title and want to investigate further. However, you can also use other discovery services such as WorldCat, which searches the collections of over 10,000 libraries around the world.

You can also contact your Academic Support Librarian, who will be able to help you with things like literature searching and explain more about all the different services the Library offers.

Academic Support Librarians