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This biliingual (English / Welsh) powerpoint presentation briefly outlines some printed and electronic library resources for music students:

Library Resources for Music Students / Adnoddau Llyfrgell i Myfyrwyr Cerdd

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This is the presentation for SENRGY postgraduates (forestry, land conservation, countryside management, etc) on library resources and literature reviews.

Library Resources and Literature Reviews for SENRGY Students

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This is the handout for Friday afternoon’s working on information hunting.
I am putting handouts on my blog to try and cut down on printing costs.

InfoSearchingRangeSources

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This is the handout for Friday’s teaching session on e-databases for library staff.

EdatabasesforLibraryStaff

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At the library, we have a large range of electronic databases. They can all be accessed by university members when online at the university, or from home by logging to databases using your university user name and password. To find a database, go to the library e-database search page, type the name of a database you are looking for into the “Database Name” search box, and press submit.

This first list is some of the e-databases listed by type (e.g. bibiliographic databases, dictionaries, historical source materials, maps, newspapers, etc).

ListEDatabasesbyType

This second list is a separate list of most of the e-journal databases (excluding a few with only 1 or 2 journals in), with around 124 databases on the list. Each e-journal database is a colletion of journals from a different publisher (e.g. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, American Chemical Society); and some databases may contain only 1 or a few journals, whereas others contain 2000 journals. In most cases, the library only buys some of the journals in the database, so you will only be able to access articles in journals we buy, others will not open or will ask you for passwords. A few databases cover most subjects, and are therefore nearly always worth searching when you are hunting for articles for your research, and other contain journals for particular subjects (health, law, science, etc); so the list divides e-journal databases by subject.

ListEjournalDatabases

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To register on these sessions email Penny Dowdney: p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk with 1) your name, 2) your email address, 3) your level (1st year, postgraduate, lecturer, etc), and 4) your subject area.

Please note that workshops book up quickly, but I will try and run extra workshops if demand is high!

Thu 12th Nov: Refworks for Beginners: BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Room 035, Deiniol Library, Bangor University

A two hour workshop for beginners, and people who have begun using Refworks but would like some more guidance.

Refworks is an internet based reference manager bought by the university library, which allows you to save your references to books, journals, articles and so forth online; access references from university and home; and use the references to print out reading lists or create bibliographies at the end of essays. Refworks can be used free of charge by university members for as long as they are at the university and afterwards. This workshop will show you how to register with Refworks, set up folders for references, save references to Refworks from different sources (books, electronic journals, etc), download the Write-N-Cite plug-in, access your references from Microsoft Word, and insert references into an essay and create a bibliography.

Thu 19th Nov: E-resources@Bangor: BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Room 035, Deiniol Library, Bangor University

A two hour workshop.

The Bangor University Libraries subscribe to a range of electronic resources, and this session will give you an overview of some of the things we get, and how to search them effectively. The workshop will look at online newspaper archives, electronic journal databases, which contain a range of full text journals; and at some of the bibliographic databases, which search a number of sources and list a range of useful articles (but do not contain full text articles).

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Today’s library resources find is an interesting article in a journal called Environmental Science and Technology. I discovered the journal whilst hunting in the American Chemical Society e-journals database for articles I could use as references, as I am teaching a session to chemistry students next week about Refworks (an online tool which lets you save book and article references).

The article, Food-Miles and the Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States, by Christopher L. Weber and H. Scott Mathews was published in April 2008, and is currently¬† the journal’s most read article. They compare the greenhouse gas emissions released by transporting food with greenhouse gas emissions released by food production, and conclude that producing red meat and dairy releases far more emissions than is produced by transporting food.

Therefore, they conclude that although eating locally is still a good environmental choice, the most effective way of reducing the climate impacts caused by your eating habits is to reduce the amount of red meat and dairy that you consume (I am a vegetarian, so that’s a good start, but I do like a bit of cheese…). I personally think that both dietary changes and eating locally are important, for various reasons, not just greenhouse gas emissions. Buying local food supports local food producers, the food often tastes good, and shopping in this way does contribute to reducing food transport pollution, even if the impact is small compared to food production impacts.

Members of Bangor University can find the article by selecting American Chemical Society from the list of Physical and Applied Science Databases, clicking on Environmental Science and Technology in the journals list, and then clicking on the tab at the top of the journal list of contents which says most read. At the moment, Food-Miles is at the top of this list.

If you’re not at the university, there are a lot of articles about the conclusions drawn in the paper available online, including this article on Food Miles versus Food Choice in The Ethicurean, which summarises the article, but also points out the importance of buying local food.

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