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Academic Skills Team: A guide for staff

Ordering Online Databases

Requests for new online databases need to be made via your Academic Skills and Tutor Librarian. A business case needs to be provided with the following information: 

  • Course & modules (if you have them) 
  • Number of students     
  • Resource Name     
  • And additional evidence such as - risk not having the resource and how it will enhance learning and teaching 

The resource will then need to be trialled, and feedback on the trial will be required to support the business case. Library and Learning will set-up the trial, speak to your Academic Skills Representative about this. 

Approval to purchase will be based on this business case, in the context of the existing budget.  

Approaches by publishers and suppliers

If you are approached by a publisher or supplier and you are interested in setting up a trial with consideration to purchase please contact your Academic Librarian and Skills Tutor. Library and Learning Resources will be able to assist with setting up the trial and you need to do this if you want the resource to be considered for purchase by the library. The library budget is forecasted in the previous academic year based on existing and future requirements therefore we need to know your requirements in advance, the library's ability to purchase is always dependent on the existing budget.