Most lecturers recommend books, journal articles or other items for you to read, by making reading lists available in a website called Moodle. You can search Moodle for most unit titles/codes and then find the associated reading list, which are usually found under the Library List tab.
The list may define some readings as essential, core or key - it's important to try to prioritise these. However, to broaden and deepen your understanding of a topic, it's advisable to also read at least some additional or recommended readings - this could help you to get a higher grade! Some lists include links for the online readings, but if not, search for these using the Library Catalogue (accessible anywhere in the world).
Transcripts of the videos are available to read.
You can borrow up to 30 books at a time. The vast majority of journals are available to read online via the Library Catalogue, but print journals are for reference-use in the Library and can't be borrowed.
A key element to being a successful student is demonstrating that you're an independent learner who can find out what has been written on a topic without relying solely on a lecturer’s reading list.
To help you do this, search the Library's databases which are accessible online anywhere in the world. These databases can help you find journal articles, conference papers and other literature. We also provide resources to help you find data, statistics, reports and other items. You can also use the Library Catalogue to search beyond your reading list.
To find library databases and other resources, refer to resources for your subject. To learn how to search the databases effectively, refer to How to do a Literature Search. If you use Google Scholar, it's advisable that you also search the Library databases as these enable you to search in a more systematic and thorough way.
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