UniSkills Focus On: Reading Lists Online and Discover More

Hello, and welcome to the first in our brand-new student blog series UniSkills Focus On exploring key resources for your studies! Over the coming year we will publish a new blog on the last Friday of the month (a bit like a payday bonus!). Each blog will focus on a different resource, or selection of resources, designed to help you maximise your reading and research skills!

In each blog we will look at:

  • The benefits of the resource
  • How to find and access the resource
  • How you can get the most out of using the resource
  • Signpost to further help and support

This month UniSkills will focus on your Reading Lists Online and Discover More.

UniSkills Focus On, This month our student blog series explores: Reading Lists Online and Discover More. Read more blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/ls
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Do you need classroom materials for your teaching placement?

It may be early in the term but if you are working with children and you are looking for materials to take to your placement/setting for use in the classroom you may want to check out the Education Resource Collection.

The collection contains a range of materials from books (fiction and non-fiction), posters, games, dvds, and much more. Some of the non-book materials are kept in interesting looking boxes-do explore them!. Most items from the collection are issued for 12 weeks and can be renewed if there are no reservations so you can plan your lessons well ahead.

We have relocated & improved the collection for this year and it is now housed on the first floor of the University Library. There is a new phonics section, a new storage area for the oversize picture books, study space and some soft seating.

If you want to find out more do visit the Education Subject Resources webpage. You can get to this by going to the Learning Services webpages, www.edgehill.ac.uk/ls, click and the Subject Resources link and choose Teacher Training and Education from the dropdown list. Click on the Resources tab and select the Classroom resources link.

Woodlands Library drop-in Tuesday 30th April

Drop in and see us at the Woodlands Library Open Day on Tuesday 30th April  between 12 and 2:30pm.

You can meet representatives from Learning Services, Student Services and the Students’ Union. Advice will be available on student finance, off campus support and how to access University IT via your phone, tablet or laptop.
You can also find out how to access our electronic and print resources using Discover More and how to make the most of your studies by accessing our online subject and academic skills guides.
Don’t forget to enter our competition while you’re here. The lucky winner will receive a USB wristband.

Can’t find the book you’re after? We’re here to help…

What do you do when all the copies of that essential book are out on loan and you don’t have the time to wait for a reservation to come in? Well, don’t panic, there are several things you can do to find other books which may be equally as valuable.

  • If you search for the book in Discover More, go into the record of the book and at the bottom of the page there is a section with details of books by the same author and books on a similar subject. These are all books that we have bought, which will be in stock, and which may be just as good (or better) than the book you want
  • You can also do a keyword search around your topic, in the library catalogue or Discover More and this will give you details of books on that subject.
  • Don’t forget that you can also use Discover More to find journal articles on your chosen topic. These will often be short, to the point and contain plenty of references to other relevant material

So, just because you can’t find the book you want doesn’t mean that there aren’t alternatives which could be on the shelves or available electronically.

What’s more- if you need any help with using the library catalogue or Discover More you can ask one of the librarians at the Ask desk on the first floor of the library. Alternatively you can email [email protected].

World Book Day: a celebration of children’s reading

Today is World Book Day, an international celebration of books and reading which is held in over 100 countries. In Britain, World Book Day aims to promote reading to children and to provide them with an opportunity to own their own books. In schools all over the country today special £1 book tokens will be distributed which children can exchange for one of the eight books specially written for the event by well-known writers and celebrities, including Tony Robinson.

In the Ormskirk and Woodlands libraries there are collections of children’s books primarily for trainee teachers; however the good news is that anyone can borrow these resources. The collection offers reading for all ages, from pre-school through to GCSE level, including:

  • fiction books
  • non-fiction books
  • story sacks
  • big books

We also have a regularly changing display, which is about poetry books for children at the moment. The new books in the collection include the winner of the 2012 Costa Children’s Book Award, Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, as well as the other books that were shortlisted for this prestigious award.

At Ormskirk these resources are shelved on the ground floor of the University Library, in the social learning area. If you want to know more about World Book Day, go to www.worldbookday.com.


Started to think about your reading list?

Wondering where to find information for your first assignment? A good starting point is your reading list. All the items on your reading list have been chosen by your tutors and they work closely with Learning Services so that the books and journals are available for you to use. What’s more we’ve made it easy for you to access your reading list in the catalogue. Just-


  • go to the Learning Services webpages
  • go to the area labelled Search Catalogue
  • type your module code into the search box
  • select Module Code from the drop down list to the left of the search box
  • Click on Search


You will see all the items that are on the list, which will be a mixture of books and journals in electronic and print formats.

If you need help finding your reading list the staff at the Ask desk on the first floor of the library will be happy to help you, or you can email [email protected].

Taking a fresh look at your reading list: a workshop for staff

Thursday 3rd May 11am-12pm

This workshop will cover:

  • how to search library resources for the latest material in order to update reading lists;
  • how to liaise with Learning Services to ensure that your reading lists are made accessible to students.

To book a place on this workshop visit the Staff Development wiki at https://go.edgehill.ac.uk/apps/pls/apex/f?p=186:2:::NO:2:P2_EVENT_ID:1161

Andy Tomkins

Academic Liaison Librarian

Book Fair for Staff 3rd February

Learning Services will be holding a book fair tomorrow, Friday 3rd February between 11 am and 3 pm in room E17. There will be publishers’ representatives from Sage, Scholastic and Continuum and a display from Open University Press. The representatives will bring a selection of the latest and most popular titles and we will be taking orders for any titles which academic staff wish to buy. The emphasis will be on education titles but the fair is open to all staff.

We hope to see you there.

For more information please contact Ruth Wilson (email: [email protected] or telephone ext. 4829) or Andy Tomkins (email [email protected] or telephone ext. 4523).