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Subject Librarians

Writtle College has 2 subject librarians, whose main role is to support you with information and research enquiries for assignments and dissertations.

Who are your subject librarians?

Christina Harbour – Animal; Business; Equine & Sport

Rachel Isaac-Menard – Agriculture; Conservation; Design and Horticulture

You can contact them via email or in their office upstairs in the library.


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Research and Teaching & Learning E-books

Some useful Research and Teaching & Learning E-books that are available in our Dawsonera collection.

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Essex online reference library

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Essex can access Essex public libraries. Library members have free access to the online reference library that includes resources and databases such as:

– Encyclopaedias and general reference collections
– Dictionaries
– Information on Biographical, Historical and Genealogical
– Art, Literature and Music from online resources
– Current affairs information
– Business information
– Newspapers and magazines online 
– Specialist information

You can view a list of resources that are available at the following link on the Essex public libraries website –

Some that be of use to Writtle students include:
– Credo Reference as a starting point for research
– The Business Collection on Gale Virtual Reference
– Guardian and Observer archive – 1791 to 2003
– Times Digital Archive
– Oxford Art Online database
– British Standards Online
– Datamonitor 360 (formerly Marketline)
– Mint company information

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Research part 4: finding journal articles

This document is intended to help you find journal articles on the subject you are researching. For more help see your Subject Librarian.

Research pt 4 finding journal articles

Journal articles provide up-to-date and focused information on current research and topical areas of your study. They do not usually provide background or basic information. Often it is a good idea to use books and encyclopedias to find this background and basic information before you search for journal articles.

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Research part 3: evaluating websites

There is a huge amount of information on the Internet and not all of it is good quality for academic work. See the following powerpoint for information on how to evaluate web resources and see what’s good and what’s not!

Research pt 3 Evaluating Websites

Research pt 3 Evaluating Websites (PDF version)

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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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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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