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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 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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Meet the library team

Rachel Hewings
Head of Learning Information Services

Rachel has worked at Writtle College for twelve years, managing Library services to staff and students. With a background in economics and business, Rachel worked in public and academic libraries before joining Writtle. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and sits on the Chartership Board. Rachel specialises in mentoring, staff development, business and management and has an overview of HE and FE subjects at the College. She sits on the Academic Board, Academic Standards Committee and the Equality and Diversity Group.

Christina Harbour
Subject Librarian

Christina has worked at Writtle College since 2006. As Subject Librarian she manages library resources for animal, equine, sport, agriculture and business subjects. This involves collection development, user education and liaising with lecturers to provide a library service that is relevant to student’s needs. With a Masters in Information and Library management, Christina is interested in researching online, library marketing and is the person to contact for subject specialist research for assignments and dissertations. Previous library posts include working for the NHS and providing consultancy work for the online service Intute.

Rachel Isaac-Menard
Subject Librarian

Rachel is the Subject Librarian for design, horticulture and conservation at Writtle College. Her key duties include providing research and reference assistance to students and faculty, delivering instruction sessions, and managing the library collection in her subject areas. Rachel has worked in various academic and special libraries, including the Royal Ontario Museum Library & Archives and the Shore + Moffat Library of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design at the University of Toronto. Her professional interests include library branding and marketing and the assessment of library services. Rachel holds a Master’s in Art History and a Master’s of Information Studies, both from the University of Toronto.

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Information Show, or should that be snow!

Your Subject Librarians braved the weather today to visit the Online Information show. We learnt about new products and resources we hope to be able to implement at the library soon. We also picked up lots of freebies you might be seeing soon as a prize for our library survey. 

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Librarians on the farm

The Subject Librarians recently visited the new pig farm at Cow Watering campus. For further information on the pigs contact Andrew Carter –


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