Answered By: Laura Percival
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2024     Views: 58

As an owner or collaborator, you will see editing tools at the top of the Resource List page. The "add" button is used for adding items, sections, and notes.

The add menu expanded with items, sections and notes

A good Resource List not only shows a variety of resources to support your students, but also contains sections and notes for wayfinding and context.

Click any of the options in the menu to add content as required.



If you're creating a list from scratch, you can select a template with different types of sections to edit. In an existing list, you can rename your existing sections or add new ones via the "add" menu. 

Tip! You can structure your Resource Lists to match your Moodle course structure. The previously advised "core" and "wider" reading can be indicated via "essential" and "recommended" tags within sections that align best with your teaching.

Section title is mandatory, "description" and "date" are optional. Complete the details and click "add". You can edit the details or move your sections afterwards.

Type a title to add a section and complete optional details

This is how the section displays to students:

A section as displayed to students

Hovering over the section will allow you to drag, delete, share, and more.



Notes can be added to sections via the "new note" option from the "add" button. The note title is mandatory, and description is optional. Select a list section from the drop-down menu. You can edit/move the notes afterwards.

Adding a new note, with a mandatory title

This is how the note displays to students:

A note displayed to students

Hovering over the note will allow you to drag/edit/delete the note.



The heart of your Resource List is the items you recommend to students. Selecting "add" and "new item" shows a drop-down of all of the different options available:

  • Search the library - use BCU Library Search to locate reading. New drop-down search scopes have been created to support your searching, and the "filter" option will help narrow your search down. Item availability is displayed.
  • Add from favourites - Using any of the methods in this list, you can add items to your favourites for later, and select them using this option.
  • Upload files - Add your own files. Worried about copyright? Use the options in the file uploader to select a copyright review and we'll take care of it!
  • Add using DOI or ISBN - If you have the DOI or ISBN handy, input them here to locate the item.
  • Import references - Add items from your preferred reference management software by exporting them as a .RIS file and using the uploader.
  • Manual entry - If you cannot locate an item another method, add the details here.

An example of adding an item via the "search the library" option:

Adding an item via keyword, using a physical resources scope.


Once you click the "add item to list" icon you'll be prompted to select the section, and add a tag.

Tip! Tags are used to both help students understand which resources are most important ("essential" or "recommended") but behind the scenes, they also help the library understand how many copies are required per student for physical books.

This is how the item displays for students:

Item display for students

Hovering over the item allows you to drag/share and open editing tools via the "full details" options. Here, you can see availability, add notes, dates, and tags, as well as request digitisation.

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