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How to make research papers less painful – from a former university student

By Kristen Kelderman, Farm & Food Care Animal Care Coordinator

It wasn’t that long ago that I was a kid in school (although maybe I’m humouring myself here). But when it came to midterms and the end of semester, I vividly remember being buried in an endless overload of papers that I had procrastinated writing. Obviously this was my own self-inflicted pain; I was the only one to blame for staying up all hours of the night to write that last concluding paragraph.

LivestockWelfare.com is a Canadian farm animal welfare resource centre.  The four Farm Animal Care Councils have come together to provide information to those looking for accurate information and research on how farm animals are raised in Canada.

LivestockWelfare.com is a Canadian farm animal welfare resource centre.
The four Farm Animal Care Councils have come together to provide information to those looking for accurate information and research on how farm animals are raised in Canada.

As I wrote paper after paper, I would get into the groove of essay writing. It’s quite rhythmic when you think about it: pick your topic, decide your position and make a plan of attack by developing your thesis and supporting points. And then comes the most cumbersome part of essay writing - research and providing references. This was how I would tackle essay writing.

Searching endless sites for peer-reviewed journal articles on the internet and flipping through books in the library seemed like a colossal waste of time. Reading through countless abstracts only to find that you had to pay for the journal article was monotonous and frustrating. Depending on the topic it could be very difficult to find the exact information I was looking for. Looking back now, I wish I had known about www.livestockwelfare.com.

What’s livestockwelfare.com? It’s a website dedicated to farm animal research and resources. There are resources for police and fire fighters who respond to accidents involving farm animals, animal care resources for farmers and an integrated searchable database for all your research paper needs.

What’s on the database? It consists of more than 2,500 articles related to animal agriculture, including information from Annual Research Reports, newsletters, fact sheets, conference proceedings, as well as other publications developed to address industry needs.

Who should use livestockwelfare.com? Anyone interested in learning more about farm animal welfare. If the information you’re looking for is not on the site, there is a list of welfare research groups and specific animal care links that will connect you with additional information.

It’s not just for students though. If you’re looking for more practical information or you work with farm animals every day, there are resources on animal handling, euthanasia, livestock transport, and much more.

So the next time your professor gives you an assignment, don’t hang your head. Click onto www.livestockwelfare.com and you’ll be breezing through your next essay in time to head to the pub with your friends.

 

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Posted by Farm and Food Care on April 7th, 2014 :: Filed under Uncategorized
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