Words of the week!


You may have noticed that the Libraries have a different ‘Word of the Day’ on display each day. Here are this week’s words – did you know these?:

Picture1Opsimath – a person who begins to learn or study late in life

Degust – to taste food or drink carefully, so as to fully appreciate it

Netizen – a habitual or keen user of the Internet

Borborygmus – a rumbling or gurgling noise in the intestines

Omphalos – the centre or hub of something
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New Human Resource Management E-Book

new equine e book

The 13th edition of this classic title provides the complete resource required for HR practices, as well as essential business needs of practitioners.

Access this e-book by searching the library catalogue via the Search the library catalogue link.

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Trial access to Cambridge University Press Journals Collection


The Libraries have trial access to many of the journal articles featured in the Cambridge University Press journals collection, until 31st October 2014. The Press currently publishes over 300 peer-reviewed academic journals for the global market, containing the latest research from a broad sweep of subject areas, including:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Biology
  • Business and Management
  • Computer Science
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Plant Science
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • Social Studies

You can search for journal articles by entering keyword(s) in the search bar, or search by subject or journal title by using the Browse Journals tab:

To access this resource click HERE, or search ‘Cambridge University Press Journals’ on the Library Catalogue.

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It’s here – the new way to search the Library’s resources!


Libraries > Search the Library Collection

The Library’s new one-stop search tool allows users search the Library’s entire collection of resources in one place, including the library catalogue, e-books and journals, as well as e-journal articles available through academic research databases. Our customised tabbed search box gives you the option to search across all of the online resources that we subscribe to using the Discovery tab. Should you want to just search for resources within the Libraries, such as books, or want to look up a specific online resource to search exclusively, you have the option to use the Library Catalogue tab.

From the results list, you can refine your search using the menus on the left of the screen, for example, to limit to a particular library site/location or material/source type. At the top of results lists, you are often given a Research Starter for your search term, consisting of an encyclopedic extract for those who might just want an overview of a topic – a much better option than Wikipedia!

Renewing and reserving can still be done through the My Account link on Libraries homepage, or you can reserve items by clicking on the Check Availability link for items on results lists.

For any help using our new platform, please contact the library or ask a member of staff.

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Where To Next?

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 Coming to the end of your course and not sure where to go next?

 Why not take a look at the journals in your library for careers ideas and suggestions.

Or speak to Student Services.

‘Design a classroom poster’ competition at Trident site Library

Congratulations to Matthew Dille, a JLR Higher Apprentice at Trident, who won 1st prize in Trident Libray’s ‘Design a poster’ competition. Here is Matthew receiving his prize from Lloyd Neal who is Apprentice Supervisor at Jaguar Land Rover, accompanied by L’Anne Barling from Trident Library.

Matthew Dille

Well Done Matthew!!

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Journals in the Libraries


     Take a look at the wide range of publications we have for you in the libraries at Warwickshire College.

 At the Trident site, the focus is on engineering and motor vehicle but each site will have something of interest. Back copies are also available and can be borrowed for a week at a time.


 Why not call into your library and see what they have.

Would you like to study or get access to resources at other libraries? Join the Inspire scheme!

Did you know that, as a student at Warwickshire College, you can study and access books and other resources at other libraries too? Well, you can through the Inspire scheme! Whether you are looking for books on a specific subject or just live nearer to another library and would find it easier to work there in your free time, the Inspire scheme gives students access and browsing rights to other libraries. See below for just a selection of the participating libraries in the surrounding area:

  • City College Library, Coventry
  • Coventry City Council Libraries
  • Coventry University Library
  • Henley College Library, Coventry
  • King Edward VI College Library, Nuneaton
  • North Warwickshire and Hinckley College Library
  • Stratford-upon-Avon College Library
  • University of Warwick Library
  • University of Worcester Library
  • Warwickshire County Council Libraries
  • Worcestershire County Council Libraries… and many more!

Joining the Inspire scheme is quick and easy, you just need to come to your site Library and give us your details. We will then give you a Library Pass that you will need to present to access your chosen Library. For more information, please ask Library staff or leave a comment on this post (click the speech bubble).

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Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Libraries

Cakes galore at Trident Library!

An excellent £94.50 was raised for the Macmillan Charity from a Cake Sale at Trident Library on Friday 27th September. Many thanks to the SU and Trident staff (and their families) for the donations of delicious cakes and to the refectory for the tea and coffee. Congratulations to all who participated.

The coffee morning held at the Henley-in-Arden site library was a great success, with more than 300 visitors to the library that day! Over £200 was raised for the well deserving cause. Students and staff had a leisurely morning and enjoyed participating for the charity - the raffle prize of a giant cupcake was won by Tom Allum.

A great time was had at the Macmillan Coffee Morning held at the Leamington site Library. Thanks to the SU who helped put the event together, we managed to raise just under£100.

Over £400 was raised at Rugby Centre’s Macmillan Coffee Morning! The Peter Jones students hosted the event in the library at Rugby. There were lots of delicious cakes for sale as well as a raffle and book sale. Well done and many thanks to all who helped organise and support the event.

Raffle prizes generously donated by staff at Pershore

We had a fab morning at Pershore Library and were still selling cakes the next day due to the amount we were donated. Special thanks to catering for supplying the tea and coffee, and to the FLAIR students who raised £18.60 running a guess the number competition. A big thank you also to the SU who managed to help out whilst busy getting ready for their own Fresher’s Ball. The end result of everyone’s
efforts was that we raised a total of £347.56!

Plenty of cakes and raffle tickets were sold

Moreton Morrell
Thank you so much to everyone who supported our Macmillan coffee morning at Moreton Morrell Library last Friday. We had a fantastic day with many students and staff joining us for a coffee and a cake or two! We even managed to share our goodies at the horse trials. We sold lots of cakes and raffle tickets, and managed to raise an amazing £313.76! A special thank you to all of those who donated prizes and got their aprons out to bake for us!

See you all again next year!


HE Fresher’s Fair

The HE Fresher’s Fair was held on the 18th September at the Leamington centre. It was a great success and much enjoyed by the staff and students who attended. The Library team were on hand to welcome new students, offering information about Library services and giving away some fun freebies too! Congratulations to our winners Holly Spinks who chose the DAB radio and Seanaigh McGovern who chose the Mp3 player. We welcome all our new students and are looking forward to seeing more of them in the Library over the coming year!

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