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Library Support for Online Teaching: Home

The Library is here to support you in all your teaching, but we’d like to offer extra help for teaching online.

An illustration of a person sitting whilst using a tablet computer. 1. Linking students to their reading 

We recommend using Leganto reading lists to make it easy for your students to access readings online, particularly from a mobile device. 
Ask us to create one for you now

An illustration of a person sitting cross-legged whilst using a laptop computer. 2. Getting the items you want fast 

To find online books, journals or multimedia in our libraries, see Checking for e-items below.  

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3. New online material

If you will need new online materials for your courses, contact your Subject Librarian as soon as possible. Given the current situation, this will help us to help you. 


An illustration of a person sitting cross-legged whilst using a tablet computer and wearing headphones. 4. In-class support 

Subject Librarians can offer subject-specific webinars or online support materials for your students.
Contact your Subject Librarian to request a session, or see Training and Events Calendar



Subject Librarians
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Our team of Subject Librarians can help you get started with resources for your course, and helping your students with finding information.
For general Library enquiries, email or call 0131 455 3500.

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Business School

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School of Arts & Creative Industries


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School of Health and Social Care/DLTE

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School of Computing

School of Engineering and the Built Environment​


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School of Applied Sciences



Reading Lists
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Reading Lists are modern, Moodle-integrated, mobile friendly learning technology designed to support your syllabus. Reading Lists make it easy for you to quickly create lists and request items for the Library.  

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Checking for e-items
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Get the most out of existing resources by using ebooks already in LibrarySearch, there are over 250,000 titles available. We also have records for over 120,000 journals. We have subscription access to over 230 cutting edge databases that are perfect for reading lists and online learning exercises. Use the drop-down menu to see the ones in your subject area.  

Search 250,000 ebooks      |    Check 120,000 journals     |    Try 230 databases

Limit your search results to online only 
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Make sure you Sign In on and off campus (otherwise you won't see all resources), enter your search, and then use the filters to limit your results to Available Online.

Requesting new items
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If you will need new online materials for your courses, contact your Subject Librarian as soon as possible. This is to allow for planning, with many multi-user eresources costing more than their print equivalent. Some print resources have no online version suitable for academic use, and you may need to discuss alternatives with your Subject Librarian.

Staff Book Purchase Request

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Sometimes a title isn’t available for us to buy as an ebook. However, we can scan print book chapters and print journal articles for you to use in your online reading list (as long as this is permitted by the publisher).  

  •  One article from an issue of a journal 
  • 10% or one chapter from a book (whichever is greater) 
  • Authenticated link provided for your online reading list 

Submit Digitisation Request

Subject guides
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Subject Librarians provide guides for finding information and resources for each of their subjects. 

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Keeping it Legal

To learn more about your legal obligations when using library resources for teaching, take a look at our information on Digital Copying for Moodle.  

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In-class support
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Subject Librarians can lend their expertise to your module in the following areas: 

  • Induction and introduction to the Library 
  • Information research skills 
  • Using specialist databases 
  • Good academic practice and referencing 

Support can be provided through bespoke webinars, video presentations, and written learning materials for your module.  Talk to your Subject Librarian for more information.  





Training and Events Calendar
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Subject Librarians regularly organise drop-ins, special events, webinars and in-class sessions. Check the Training and Events Calendar for upcoming sessions, or contact your School Subject Librarian to request a subject-specific session for your students.

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Don't forget to link to your School Referencing Guidelines (please do link rather than download/upload them into Moodle, in case they are updated).

For help with reference management software, see the Reference Management LibGuide


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