Resource list information

Resource Lists at GCU

Resource Lists at GCU is the university's in house resource list management system. It allows lecturers to create structured, annotated resource lists that contain a wide variety of different resource types. Staff can easily collaborate with their academic colleagues and library staff to create, update and maintain lists.

Resource Lists at GCU is fully integrated with GCULearn, providing students with easy access to course materials through a single, intuitive user interface.

Sending your resource list to the library

If you would like to request items for your resource list, please submit you request to the Library directly through the Resource List system. Alternatively, you can email the team at with a list of resources needed (please include your module name, code and number of students attached).

Please submit your resource list well in advance of the new trimester to ensure that your material is available for the start of term. Due to the move to online blended learning, we anticipate an increase in usage of the Resource List system. To ensure that the library has a chance to process your list for the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year, we ask that you submit your list not later than 4th September.

If you already have a resource list on the system, you must resend your list to the library in advance of the new academic year, even if you are making no changes. This confirms to us that your list is still active for the upcoming year and library staff will check for ebook copies of any print book titles included on your list. If you do not resend your list to the library before the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year, it will be removed from the system.

Ebook and book purchasing

When adding book and ebooks to your resource list, you must tag the resource importance level. There are three types of importance level:

  • Essential Reading - Core texts that students are directed to read
  • Recommended Reading - Additional resources that complement the essential reading
  • Further Reading - Resources you may recommend to students to further their understanding of a subject

The library will base its purchasing decisions on which level of importance an item is tagged with, along with the number of students attached to a course.

If you do not tag your items with an importance level, the library will not process your resource list.

Resource lists are restricted to only allow 100 book or ebook titles on any one list. These restrictions are broken down by importance level:

  • Essential Reading - 10 titles only
  • Recommended Reading - 30 titles only
  • Further Reading - 60 titles only

If your list contains more than the recommended number of book or ebook titles, you will be asked to review your list again. Support on choosing resources for a resource list can be provided by the Academic Librarian team on request.

What will the library do?

For the 2020/21 academic year, the library has reviewed its resource list policies and procedures. When processing your resource list, the library will:

  • Assist you in choosing material for your resource list. View our selecting and ordering ebooks webpage or our contact your librarian webpage for more detailed information.
  • Help you take existing resources (such as Open Textbooks) and develop them in ways that suit your needs - contact
  • Monitor demand of resources and purchase additional e-copies where necessary
  • Order new editions of items if they are tagged as Essential Reading in a Resource List or are specifically requested by the lecturer.

The library will not:

  • Buy resource list items unless they are submitted to the library with the necessary supporting information.
  • Order new editions of items tagged as Recommended or Further Reading unless they are requested by the lecturer.

You can read our guide on how to use the Resource List system, including how to create your own resource lists. Access our Creating Resource Lists guide.

We are also running a number of online training sessions as part of the GCU Going Digital webinar series. These sessions are designed to give you a basic understanding of the Resource List system as well as time to ask any questions. You can sign up for the sessions on the staff intranet. Sign up for our GCU Going Digital Resource Lists webinar.

If you are interested in booking training for yourself or a group of colleagues, please contact the team at to arrange.

Adding resource lists to GCULearn

A direct link to your Resource List will be made available in GCU Learn. If the list does not load in correctly, contact the Reading List Team ( for help and advice.