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How to compile an effective reading list

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By Margaret Adolphus


A large part of activity in higher education involves reading around the subject being studied. As students need to be guided to appropriate sources, a reading list – an outline of recommended reading which course tutors give to their students – needs to be provided for each course or module.

Several studies have demonstrated the importance of reading lists to students. For example, the software company, Talis, found that reading lists were the single most important study resource cited by students (Talis, n.d.). Similarly, Martin and Stokes (2006) found that students overwhelmingly considered reading lists to be very important to their learning.

The benefits of a good reading list

The format and content of the list indicates the types of resource students should be looking for and can vary widely: from one book, to hundreds of books, articles, websites, etc. A "good" list, however, explains how a particular resource will help students with their learning.

A good reading list will help to:

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