Archive for December, 2010

Access to Essex University Library

Albert Sloman Library – University of Essex

Students registered on postgraduate Higher Education courses at Writtle College may register to borrow five books at any one time for a maximum loan period of two weeks. Students registered on undergraduate courses may use the Library for reference purposes. Staff teaching university validated courses at Writtle College may register to borrow five books at any one time for a maximum loan period of two weeks.

Information on the Albert Sloman library and the Online Catalogue is available at the following web address – 

Databases and E-Resources for ‘Walk-in’ Users

Access to some of The Albert Sloman Library’s e-resources may be permitted to external readers, alumni, ex-members of staff and members of partner institutions within the library premises.

Such ‘walk-in’ users must complete a ‘Visitors E-Resource Access Form’ at the Enquiry Desk on Floor One of The Albert Sloman Library, in addition two forms of proof of identification and address are required i.e. one must include a photo (e.g. drivers licence or passport) and the other proof of current postal address (e.g. utilities bill).* 

Once the registration process has been completed a member of library staff will log you on to one of the PC’s enabled for walk-in use and will then log you on to the resource you require access to.

Access to e-resources is subject to strict licensing permissions and copyright law and the range of e-resources available is limited by licensing restrictions and thus does not include all of the services available to members of the university. E-resources can only be used for educational purposes i.e. teaching and learning, private study or research. E-Resources cannot be used for any commercial use.

Some of the resources available, include:
American Chemical Society
Business Source Complete
Oxford Journals
Project Muse
Public Information Online
Sage Journals
Wiley Online Library

Please note: Most of these sites allows free searching but access to the full text is by subscription only and the Albert Sloman Library does not subscribe to all titles available.


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Access to the British Library

Everybody can use the reading rooms of the British Library and view books,
manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines from the Library’s collection of
over 150 million items.

For details go to

To search on the catalogue, go to

This is a good alternative to inter library loans, particularly if you need a lot for your dissertation research.

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Student forms

All student forms are available from the front page on Moodle. Login and on the left hand side under useful links click on HE student forms.
Some of those available include:

Academic appeals
Assessment feedback sheets
Dissertation proposal forms
Extenuating circumstances forms
Late work sheets
Medical evidence proformas
Writte College referencing policy & guidance

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Virtual chat with a librarian

IM a Librarian! The Library now offers students and staff the ability to chat with a Subject Librarian in real time. Use the embedded chat box (courtesy of meebo) at the far right. Just type your question where it says “Type here and hit enter…”

When a Subject Librarian is temporarily signed off of the virtual chat, you will get the ‘Writtle College Librarian is offline’ message. You can still leave your question/message. When a Librarian signs back on, they will receive your message and will respond as soon as possible.

Hope to chat with you soon!

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You are invited

Third Year Horticulture and Floristry students invite students and staff to their dissertation poster presentations on Tuesday 14th December in L60 between 13h00 and 15h00.

They will be presenting their progress to date and are looking forward to your support and answering your questions.

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Library reservations and E-books

The following may be useful to students who regularly place reservations on books. 

For many of our books we also have an E-book available. To find out you can search on the library catalogue and it is also noted on the front cover of the print copy.

These items can then be accessed through our E-book supplier – 

You will need your athens user name and password to do this.

Contact the library if you need any help with this.

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Network services

Normal service has now been resumed following a very serious hardware failure which occurred at 1am, Saturday 27th November.

 Apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.

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