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ASPIRE@RGU Resource Lists for Staff: Guide


The library's online resource list service (ASPIRE@RGU) is available to help you provide a online, dynamic, engaging resource list for your students. Using ASPIRE@RGU has many benefits, including:

Allowing you to include a range of different material e.g. books, eBooks, journal articles, websites, and videos      Providing easy access to online resources with links on the list that work on and off campus
Getting links to the list directly from your modules in CampusMoodle      Letting you organise your list in a way that matches your teaching
Allowing you to provide additional guidance to students through notes      Providing digitised content in a way that meets the Copyright Licensing Agency's legal requirements


Explore the rest of the guide to find out how to get lists set up, how the library will help you out, and about our digitisation service.




Setting up your list

Getting a resource list set up on ASPIRE@RGU is very straightforward as library staff will create your list for you.

Step 1

Email us at with the following information.

Module information

  • Module number
  • Module name
  • Module co-ordinator
  • Delivery mode
  • Number of students
  • Date the list is needed by

List information

  • Items you want on the list e.g. books, journal articles, web pages
  • Identify any items you want tagged as Suggested for student purchase, Essential, Recommended or Optional
  • Information about how you want the list organised e.g. divided into weeks, split by topic and so on
  • Any notes you want either on the list or linked to the items

Any other requirements

  • Identify any book chapters or journal articles you would like digitised

Step 2

The library will then create the list on ASPIRE@RGU for you and investigate the items on the list.

We will check for the most recent editions of any books and will buy, unless informed otherwise, the most recent edition.

We will look to see if books can be bought as an eBooks and if available will buy the eBook in preference to the print (please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss this). If it is only available in print we will order copies. If we already have the book in stock will look at if additional copies are needed.

We will check that recommended journal articles are accessible and add links for on and off campus access where available.

The library will also check which book chapters and journal articles may be digitised in accordance with the Copyright Licensing Agency Higher Education License (see below) and make the digitised versions available.

Step 3

When the list has been finalised we will publish it and link it to the relevant module on CampusMoodle.

Step 4

We will email you when the list is ready and as items arrive in stock the list will be updated with them for you.






Updating your list

We recommend reviewing your list each academic year to ensure the resources included on it are still relevant to your module.

If there are changes you would like to make you have two options:

  1. Email the changes to and the library will update your list for you.
  2. The Library Service can provide instructions and allow you editing rights to make the changes yourself. This will also allow you to request a digitisation from the list with one click of a button. Contact to find out more about this.

The library is also happy to check your list for new editions and look into if books can be bought as eBooks, just email us with the request and we will investigate.





Linking to CampusMoodle

One of the most useful features of an ASPIRE@RGU list is that it automatically links to the relevant module on CampusMoodle.

Once a list is published it is linked to the module number and this will automatically add a link to to the right hand column in the module in Moodle:

If this does not appear automatically the block might be switched off and it can be added in by following these steps:

  • Go to the relevant module
  • Switch on the editing
  • Go to the Add a block drop down menu

  • Choose Resource Lists
  • This will add the Resource Lists block with the link to the list
  • Finally use the move option to move the block to where you want it in the column

If you follow the above steps but can not see the resource list please note that, in some cases, the block may have already been created but has been set as hidden. If when you are looking at the various blocks listed on the right-hand side of your module study area you see only Resource List and it is greyed-out with no other text in it, this means it has been hidden. To make it visible switch on editing, click the small cogwheel icon next to the Resource List text and click Show Resource List block. Once the page reloads, your Resource List block should now be visible and include a link and the last updated text.



Please note that some module types will not support the automatic linking, if you find your list is not appearing please contact us on and we will show you how to add a link to the list.





Digitisation Service

Under the Copyright Licensing Agency Higher Education License, digital copies of certain material (e.g. some book chapters and journal articles) can be provided to students.

Using ASPIRE@RGU the Library Service provides a streamlined process for making digital copies available via online reading lists and this service should be used for everything you would like to digitise and make available to your students.

What sort of material can be made available digitally?

  • Material which was originally published in the UK or US with the exception of publishers who have not signed up to the licence. The CLA has a list of excluded publishers.
  • Material owned by the Library or by a School which can be produced if requested by the CLA.
  • Copyright fee paid materials from the British Library.

How much can be made available digitally?

  • A chapter from a book (or 10% whatever is greater)
  • An article from a journal
  • A whole paper from a set of conference proceedings 
  • A short story or poem from an anthology (not exceeding 10 pages)
  • A whole report from a single case of a judicial proceedings
  • Whole page images or embedded images may also be scanned

How can I request a digital copy?

If you wish to make a digital copy available please contact the Library Aspire Team (

Please provide details of the item, course name, module number, number of students on the module and the date the item is required for.

Alternatively please let us know through your reading list which items you wish to made available as digital copies when you submit it.

Library staff will check if the item you require can be made available as a digital copy under the Copyright Licensing Agency License.

What if the item I request to be scanned does not comply with the license

Library staff will investigate if we can gain permission directly from the publisher for the item to be made available digitally.

What is the timescale for making items available?

If the item is covered by the License and is available it will normally take 2 days. If we need to get hold of the item it may take longer.

If the material is not covered, the timescale is dependent on the individual publisher. Some publishers will not grant permission for digitisation.

Can I undertake scanning myself?

Only library staff are designated as authorised to make copies under the Copyright Licensing Agency License and as such will take responsibility for compliance of the digitised copies they deal with and meeting the legal reporting requirements.

How will my students access the digitised reading?

Once the material has been digitised it will be made available through the ASPIRE@RGU resource list. It will have a coversheet with the required copyright notice attached and students will be able to read/print/download the reading from the list.

Where can I get further information on digital copies?

Detailed information on making digital copies is available in our Policy for Copyright on our Library Policies page or contact the Library Aspire Team (



Please note that any digitised material made available must go through this process as library staff are authorised to make copies, the CLA checks must be performed, and records of all digitised material must be kept and submitted to the CLA each year.       01224 263450        RGU Library       @RGULibrary        Library Matters: RGU Library Blog