Reading Resources Strategy

Reading resources strategy (RRS) includes a reading strategy statement and a reading list. These two elements ensure an approach to recommending student reading that takes account of students’ needs:

  • To have access to essential reading
  • To develop relevant study skills to find further information

The following links provide more detailed information and guidance about the reading resources strategy.

RRS at YSJ

The aims of the York St John University Reading Resources Strategy are to:

Standardise reading lists at Module Specification level, ensuring clarity for students and realistic expectations in the provision of resources.
Define Set Texts, Essential Reading and Further Reading, and deliver resource as appropriate.
Provide Information Literacy teaching to enable students to locate, evaluate and communicate information for high quality sources.
Promote the provision of e-books to meet access requirements.
Provide digitised book chapters and journal articles for all students on named modules.

For more information on reading resources strategy please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

Reading List Template

Set Text

To include the phrase: All students are expected to purchase this text

A title that students are expected to purchase.

It is envisaged that the same set text may be appropriate for several modules so that students may be expected to buy perhaps one or two set texts per academic year.

If there is no set text for the module, the following should be included: ‘There is no set text to purchase for this module’.

Essential Reading

To include the phrase: These are the texts that are considered essential to this module

Reading that is expected or required of all students. This should not exceed a dozen works.

Items listed within essential reading will be made available by Information Learning Services.

As far as possible these resources will be purchased or made available in electronic format to improve access, examples include:

  • Links to e-journal articles, e-books held by Information Learning Services
  • Scans of digitised book chapters and journal articles
  • Websites where appropriate

Bibliographic layout should adhere to York St John University referencing guidelines (see Online Guides for details).

Further Reading

Reading that is desirable in that it expands knowledge or understanding of a subject.

Items listed within further reading will not necessarily be available from Information Learning Services.

Bibliographic layout should adhere to York St John University referencing guidelines (see  for details).

Examples and Checklist

The checklist below will help improve student access to your reading list by ensuring items are available from the Library in sufficient quantity, available online, or affordable for your students to buy.

Set Text

(Please use this term instead of “essential”, “core”, “key”, etc.)

Example Book Checklist

Porter, S. ed. (2008) Tidy’s Physiotherapy. 14th ed. Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone.

All students are expected to purchase this text

Is the book affordable?

Essential Reading

Example Book Checklist

Frownfelter, D.L. and Dean, E. eds. (2012) Cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy: evidence to practice. 5th ed. St Louis, Elsevier/Mosby.

These are the texts that are considered essential to this module

Is the book available from the Library?

Can the Library buy it as an ebook?

Can the Library scan a chapter of the book?

 

Example Journal Article Checklist

O’Driscoll, B.R., Howard, L.S. and Davison, A.G. (2008) BTS guideline for emergency oxygen use in adult patients. Thorax, 63, Suppl. 6, pp.vi1-vi68.

These are the texts that are considered essential to this module

Is the journal article available from the Library?

If it is only available in print format, can the Library scan the article?

Further Reading

Example Book Checklist

Department of Health (2000) Comprehensive critical care: a review of critical care services. London, Department of Health.

 

Try a library search on the topic of

Do your students have the skills to find their own texts?

 

 

 

Detailed Checklist

Is the book affordable?

Please consider the following:

How much does the book cost?  Prices can be checked on http://www.amazon.co.uk/ or on DawsonEnter. DawsonEnter is a database of 20 million titles supplied by Dawson Books, one of our main book/ebook suppliers. For access to DawsonEnter or for further advice, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

Is it available electronically?  Availability of ebooks can be checked on DawsonEnter. See your  for further help on creating an account (including how to set up new title alerts).

Is the book available from the Library?

Use the Library Catalogue to see if the library has a copy of the book.

The catalogue search will tell you how many copies the library holds. Are there enough copies for your students?

If it isn’t available or there aren’t enough copies, contact your .

Can the Library buy it as an e-book?

Checking DawsonEnter will tell you if the book is available electronically on one of the platforms the library uses. We use other platforms and if you cannot find it available on DawsonEnter please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for further assistance.

Can the Library scan a chapter of the book?

The Scanning Service can provide digital copies of published material through scanning in accordance with copyright legislation. Further details and a request form can be found on the  web page.

Is the journal article available from the Library?

A search on the Library Catalogue or on A-Z Journals should tell you whether the full-text article is available in print or electronic format.

If you wish to provide a link to the article or journal, we advise you to use the permalink option. This will ensure access for students on and off campus. Please contact your  for further details.

If an article isn’t available or only available in print, it may be possible to obtain a digital copy from the Scanning Service.

Do your students have the skills to find their own texts?

Students have access to ILS Search Success, can help them make the most of the resources the Library offers.

If you would like to discuss how the Library can support the students on your module, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

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