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Library Resources and best use for online or overseas delivered modules

This guide is for academics and support staff who deliver modules online or to overseas cohorts.  The aim is to advise how to add resources to their modules in the best way so that students get the best experience in accessing the online library.  This guide will also advise on issues such as copyright, licensing restrictions, if any, for non-UK students as well as mentioning other services available from Information Services.

Things to think about

  • Will the students be able to access it?
    • Is the recommended text or article available electronically?
    • Does the database license permit overseas use?
    • Have I used the correct link to the resource?
    • Do I have copyright clearance to use this material?


There are many different things that you may wish to consider when adding Library resources to your module.  Each tab in this section will advise you on where to find the best advice from Information Services.

  • Use Leganto reading list software to create your reading list.
  • Contact your Information Services Advisor (ISA) if the item you wish to add is unavailable.  Please note that not all books are available as e-books!  Should you be directing students to material they cannot access?

Sometimes you may simply wish to direct your students to a specific chapter of a book or specific pages.  Where we have the book in print in our physical libraries, we are usually allowed to digitise one chapter or 10% of the total number of pages of a book, so that this can be placed in your module on Moodle.  Further information on this service is on our Digital Extracts Service pages.

It is vitally important when embedding material within your module on Moodle to use the correct links that will open at the fully authenticated page, therefore allowing the user to access the full text of the e-book or journal article.  Instructions on how to do this are on our Adding Library eresource links to Moodle helpsheet.

Databases provide staff and students with access to a variety of academic and subject specific material, coming in various formats.  Whilst most of these resources are available to be used anywhere in the World, not everything is accessible overseas due to licence/copyright restrictions.

Databases unavailable for use overseas 

  • Box of Broadcasts
  • Edinburgh Napier Online Streaming Service – TV recordings recorded under ERA licence
  • Cochrane Library (NHS database – UK use only)

If you have any queries at all regarding overseas access to e-resources, please contact your Information Services Advisor.

These are great sources of subject information, each Librarian has their own pages reflecting their subject areas, as well as information on other related topics e.g. copyright, literature reviewing, Google Scholar, referencing etc etc.  A full list of these guides can be found here  You may wish to link to these pages for the benefit of your students.

It is vital that anything that you link to or embed in your module on Moodle does not breach copyright.  If you are unsure of whether something is copyright clear, then please visit ourcopyright Libguide for further information.  If still unsure then please contact your Information Services Advisor for further advice.

Using the VDS also allows off campus access to EndNote, a reference management system subscribed to by Information Services.  Mendeley is another reference management tool that can be used.  Information about these services can be found on our Reference Management LibGuide

Information Services is more than simply library resources.  Students and staff can access a variety of other applications and tools online.

  • Virtual Desktop Service (VDS)

This allows users to access an Edinburgh Napier desktop from anywhere, anytime on almost any device, as long as you have internet access.  More information on this can be found here

A full list of the applications available via the VDS can be foundhere

  • Software Download Service
    • McAfee Anti Virus Software
    • NVivo qualitative data analysis software (UK only)
    • SAS statistical analysis software
    • SPSS statistical analysis software

The Information Services Advisors are here to help and support staff and students of Edinburgh Napier University, regardless of where they are studying or teaching around the Globe.  If students are having difficulties accessing Library services, then please encourage them to contact their subject ISA.  Help can be provided via email and, in some instances, technology such as Skype, allows for more in depth one to one assistance.

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