Archive for March, 2011

New database – SPAC


S-PAC is the most comprehensive animal production and management conference proceeding database in the world. This unique collection of conference proceedings and presentations is a must-have resource for animal scientists, veterinarians, academicians, consultants and members of industry around the world. The value of S-PAC increases every time a conference and a set of proceedings is added.

S-PAC is available from the following link:

It is also listed on the library page of Moodle and the library blog.

Newly added to SPAC include:

2010 Virginia Tech Feed and Nutritional Management Cow College Proceedings

2010 Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium Proceedings

2010 National Association of County Agricultural Agents Proceedings

2010 Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference Proceedings

Please note this resource is only available on-campus via IP address authentication.


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Research part 2: literature searching for your project

Part 2 of our Research Better in 4 parts. This guide will help you search for information for your assignments and dissertation. It will help you define topics, the scope and boundary of your research and how to define your keywords. You can also find tips on how to limit and decide which resources are the best to use.

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Library printing

There have been some issues with printing in the library this past week.

We now have a temporary black & white printer available upstairs. Please choose Library Temporary Copier if you would like to use this printer.

There is no change when printing in colour – use Library Student Colour
PLEASE REMEMBER – printing in colour costs 4 credits (20p)

You can also print in the computer suites on the top floor of the main college building.

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Research part 1: brainstorming

Brainstorming is a good technique to use to plan ideas for an assignment.

The following PDF is taken from the libraries page on Moodle and will help you with finding a purpose for your research and brainstorming a particular topic.

Research pt1 Brainstorming

If you require further help with your research please come and see your subject librarians based upstairs in the library.

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Research better in four parts

In the coming week the library will be posting a four part series of research documents to help you with researching for assignments. They will be titled:

  • Brainstorming
  • Literature searching for your project
  • Evaluating websites
  • Finding journal articles

On the libraries Moodle page there are other documents available to help you with research and using the library.

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