New anatomy resource – BioDigital Human

The library is happy to announce access to a new online resource, BioDigital Human.  

screenshot showing the main search box on the BioDigital Human platform

The BioDigital Human platform is a medically accurate, virtual map of the human body—composed of over 8,000 individually selectable anatomical structures, 600 simulated health conditions, and a toolkit to map and visualize data.  

Users can find BioDigital Human directly on the Library’s Discover platform, by searching for BioDigital Human in the Database A-Z or by clicking here. 

You can find guidance on how to use BioDigital Human here. Initial training for staff in key departments will take place on June 7 with further online training courses starting in September 2024; more information will be distributed ahead of time. 

This new resource will be replacing the resource. Access to will cease on the 26 June 2024. Any academic staff currently linking to on their module resource lists will be contacted individually by the library team. 

If you have any issues accessing the database, please contact the Electronic Resource Team at  

Scheduled maintenance on library resources

Please be aware that there will be scheduled maintenance by one of the library’s vendors OCLC on Friday 26th April and Saturday 27th April between 10pm – 7am in order to perform essential maintenance. Due to the nature of the upgrade, users may experience intermittent access to some of our online resources during these times.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you are experiencing any other issues with online resources from the library, please contact the team via email at 

Technical issue [RefWorks citation manager]

We are currently experiencing access issues with RefWorks Citation Manager. When users try to open the citation manager add-in in Word, they may see a blank screen, as displayed below:

a screenshot of a Word document. The RefWorks citation manager is open however the screen has not loaded and is blank.


IT services are aware of this issue and are currently working on a resolution. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you are experiencing any other issues with online resources from the library, please contact the team via email at 






Technical Issue [Access to scans on Resource Lists] – issue resolved

We are currently experiencing access issues to Scanned material that loads using Kortext Reader on Resource Lists. This is due to unexpected downtime from the platform provider.

The provider is working to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

We will provide an update to this post with further information as we receive it.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

[UPDATE 29.02.24, 12.07]

This issue is resolved. Thank you for your patience, and our apologies once more for any inconvenience caused.

If you are experiencing any other issues with online resources from the library, please contact the team via email at 

New Resource List User Interface – FAQs

Screenshot taken from the new resource list user interface.

A screenshot of the new user interface

What’s happening?

The Resource List vendor is rolling out a new User Interface for Leganto (the Resource List system). The Library is currently reviewing the new interface in preparation for the switchover.

Why is this happening?

The Resource List vendor is introducing a new user interface to improve the user experience for students, academics, and librarians, aimed at enhancing the learning journey resulting in a cleaner and simplified interface. 

When will the new User Interface be implemented?

The new user interface will be available the week beginning Monday 24th June to coincide with the GCU Learn course rollover for the 2024-25 academic year.

How will these changes affect me?

You will notice a change to the look and feel of the Resource List system but most of the functionality will remain the same.  

Any lists that are already on the platform will still be available in the new user interface. In June, all existing resource lists will rollover to your new module codes as normal. Staff will not need to take any action unless they are creating a new list or updating their existing list.  

All links from GCU Learn will remain active. 

Staff will still be able to invite colleagues to collaborate on lists, add library content to their list, as well as freely available online content such as videos and podcasts.  

What has changed in the new User Interface? 

The new interface has been redesigned to have a simpler and cleaner look. For academic staff, there have been some developments to simplify user interactions with the platform, such as consolidating workflows and rebranding sections. 

Some changes you might notice are that the List Advisor is no longer available in the new interface, the way to view list analytics has changed, and that the ‘My Collection’ section has been renamed ‘Favourites’.  

Can I preview the new User Interface? 

Yes, you can see how your resource lists will look in the new interface by following the steps below: 

  1. Navigate to your current resource list on the platform 
  2. In the URL, update ‘readinglist’ to ‘nui’  
  3. You should now be able to view your list in the new user interface

Image showing two urls in a browser window. One has the words readinglist circled in red and the other has nui circled in red.

Will training and guidance be available for staff? 

Yes, staff guidance and how-to videos are now available on the library website

We will be holding Resource List training sessions on various dates between July – October. To sign up for a training course, please look out for the Creating Module Resource Lists sessions on the Library Events Calendar. 

How can I find out more?  

We’ll continue to update this blog as we review the new interface but if you’d like more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Resource List team at  

Library systems scheduled maintenance

Please be aware that the Library’s system provider has scheduled essential maintenance from 11pm on Saturday 6th to 12am on Sunday 7th December.

The library Discover search and Resource Lists system may be unavailable for some of this time.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Scheduled Downtime [VLebooks platform]

Please be aware that there will be scheduled downtime on the VLebooks platform on Sunday 8th October between 4pm – 7pm in order for the vendor to perform essential maintenance. We have been advised that the platform will be VLebooks offline for approximately one hour during this period.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you are experiencing any other issues with online resources from the library, please contact the team via email at 


New online resources for 2023/24

The library is happy to announce access to a range of new online resources for the new academic year.

Users can find the resources directly on the Library’s Discover platform or by searching in the Database A-Z here.

CINAHL Complete

CINAHL Complete is a definitive research tool for nursing and allied health professionals which provides fast and easy access to top nursing and allied health journals, evidence-based care sheets, quick lessons and continuing education modules. This database contains full text for many of the most used journals found in the CINAHL index. With CINAHL Complete, users can access a comprehensive scope of content covering over 50 nursing specialties as well as allied health subjects including speech and language pathology, nutrition, physical therapy and much more

SAGE Research Methods Datasets

Sage Research Methods Datasets are a new tool used in the teaching and learning of social science research methods in more than 160 institutions around the world. Each dataset is peer-reviewed and they present a practical guide to data analysis accompanied by real data for the reader to practice on. They are:

  • Short and accessible guides to specific research methods or techniques accompanied by real data used as an illustrative example.
  • Pedagogically focused to help students learn and practice their research methods.
  • Introductory in tone: explanatory and jargon-free.
  • Engaging: using examples and writing devices that reach out to the student reader and make research feel relevant, meaningful and useful.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive Collection 5: Video Gaming

The Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (EIMA) is the digital high-resolution archive of key US and UK trade and consumer magazines covering the broad spectrum of the entertainment industry and media including film, television, popular music, radio, and theatre. The Video Gaming archive includes over 40 titles spanning the 1980s through 2020. Titles cover a variety of consoles and computers and include publications such as Computer & Video Games (1981-2004), PC Gamer (1994-2020) and Edge (1993-2020).

Psychology in the Real World

Psychology in the Real World is a resource that supports the teaching and learning of Psychology in 7 key areas – law, education, social change, work, sport, relationships and health. This online resource allows students to explore the field of Psychology and investigate both established and emerging topics. With over 200 entries, intuitive search and detailed metadata, the Psychology in the Real World resource can easily be incorporated into the learning environment. From explaining introductory concepts to providing in-depth understandings of complex issues, it is the go-to reference inside and outside the classroom.


CareKnowledge is a holistic professional development platform for busy social care teams.  The platform gives users access to expert, evidence-based information and resources across the whole spectrum of social care practice. The platform contains a wealth of original content – from longform, practice-focused articles, to analysis, comment and reflection on key issues from leading experts in their respective fields.

CareKnowledge also includes access to a virtual bookshelf of best-selling, high quality social care books from Pavilion Publishing, updated with new titles throughout the year.

Politics Trove

Politics Trove is the home of Oxford University Press undergraduate politics textbooks online. Collecting together best-selling titles by world-leading experts, Politics Trove facilitates a rounded and complete study of politics.

The library now has access to a range of titles in the International Relations collection, a key resource for students studying international relations modules, whether a first introduction to the subject, a theory-based module, security and strategy, or foreign policy.

Exploring Race in Society

Exploring Race in Society is a free database offering essential content covering important issues related to race in society today. Essays, articles, reports and other reliable sources provide an in-depth look at the history of race and provide critical context for learning more about topics associated with race, ethnicity, diversity and inclusiveness.

In addition to essays, photographs, graphs and charts, Exploring Race in Society includes:

  • Thousands of full-text articles from academic journals
  • Government agency reports curated and provided by HeinOnline
  • Full-text articles, primary source documents and speeches from BlackPast, a leading source on African American history and experience
  • Journal content covering issues related to race, including those of Indigenous communities

If you have any queries about using any library resources, please contact the Academic Librarian team. If you have any issues accessing a database, please contact the Electronic Resource Team at

Resource List FAQs for 2024-25

For all academic staff, resource lists for the upcoming 2024-25 academic year are now available within GCULearn. The resource list team have created this FAQ blog post to help with any questions academic staff may have while reviewing or submitting their lists for the upcoming term.


Staff with existing lists:

I am not making any changes to my list, do I need to do anything else? 

If you are not making any changes or additions to your list, you do not need to do anything further. Your list will automatically appear in your GCULearn module site. 

Can my students see my list? 

All lists have been rolled over for the new academic year at a ‘Published’ status. This means that students will be able to see your list as soon as they have access to the module site. 

I am no longer the module leader for this course, what do I do? 

If we have contacted you regarding a list you are no longer related to, we ask that you or the new module leader please contact us at and we will be able to update your list. 

The module code has changed for this list, what do I do? 

If the module code for your list has changed, you can update this in the following way: 

  1. Click on the three dot icon next to your resource list title 
  2. Click on Manage link to module
  3. You can then remove any incorrect module codes and look up your new code in the search box 
  4. Once you click on a code it will add and save automatically

Alternatively, you can contact us at will all relevant information and we can make any changes on your behalf.  


 Staff creating new lists:

What can be added to my list? 

Almost anything! Staff are no longer restricted to just books and journal articles as was the case with older systems. Our Resource List system gives you the ability to cite a variety of resources such as podcasts, radio or video recordings, journal articles, websites, reports, ebooks or print books. You can find out how to add different resources to your list in our help guide and video 

What is the best way to structure my list? 

The Resource List system has three pre-set templates for structuring a list; by week (12 sections), by importance level (3 sections) or you may choose a blank template and create your own structure. While the decision of how to best structure a list ultimately lies with the individual, we recommend to academic staff that they align their list structure with how their course is taught. This may mean creating weekly sections, structuring by topic or subject area, or by resource type. You can find out how to add and edit sections in your list in our help guide and video. 

I am new to using the Resource Lists at GCU service, can I get training? 

Our team can offer online or in-person training at any time. If you are interested in booking training for yourself or a group of colleagues, please contact the team at to arrange. 

We  will be holding online training sessions on various dates between July – October. To sign up for a training course, please look out for the Creating Module Resource Lists sessions on the Library Events Calendar.


 General help:

I have submitted my changes, when will my list be ready? 

At the beginning of each term our resource list processing time is approximately four weeks. We endeavour to have any resource lists submitted prior to the submission deadline fully processed in time for the start of term.  

I’m having trouble finding resources for my module, can you help? 

The library is always available to assist you in finding suitable resources for your teaching. Please contact the Academic Librarian team for your subject area and they will be able to help you.  

Can I get usage statistics for my list?

Yes, the library can provide a range of usage statistics for your resource lists. If you’d like to find out more about this please contact the team at