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Reading Lists: Assigning importance levels

Definitions of Essential, Recommended and Further

Across the college there are various definitions used when describing the importance of a resource and whether a student must access this resource or if this is more of a guidance. The following definitions are used by the library in line with the Talis Aspire system, they are also used to affect our purchasing decisions.

The library has a formula to calculate how many copies are needed to support students based on the level of importance assigned to the resource. This is very important as we will use this to make sure we have suitable online access to support the numbers of students accessing the resources.


Vital to students' understanding of the course


Supports understanding of the course


Supports students’ background research and assignments. Further reading resources should be taken from what is already available via the Library or freely available on the web (as outlined on the Library's Information Resources Strategy).

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