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Teeal –the Essiential Electronic Agricultural Digital Library for Research and Teaching in Nigerian Universities
The emergence of information and communication Technology (ICT) has led to the development of electronic libraries in universities around the world.
By Dr. Nkoyo B. Edem
Jun. 14, 2016

The emergence of information and communication Technology (ICT) has led to the development of electronic libraries in universities around the world. There is a wider access to information to users for teaching, learning and research beyond the academic environment. Both students and faculty members find the resources very useful in meeting their research needs in the university libraries.

Electronic resources according to Aina(2012) promotes resource sharing that could be supplemented with the printed resources. In a recent paper by the author Edem, Nkoyo (2016) was to promote a wider orientation on the awareness and utilization of online databases( e.g TEEAL) in order to encourage excellence in teaching and research in Nigerian universities. Since the cost of subscriptions of relevant online databases (e.g AGORA , HINARI) by individual university is relatively high, so the universities have resorted to using the Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL), otherwise known as “Library in a box”.

This is a full text digital library of over 200 agricultural journals made available at low cost to institutions in eligible low income countries. It is an offline tool – no internet or phone line required. It can be shared on a local area network (LAN) or use on a standalone Pc. The journal coverage started in 1990 and is updated annually. It is also a searchable data base of citations from CAB Abstract, BIOSIS, ECONLIT and PUBMED (scientific databases).

TEEAL features an easy to use interface that allows you to quickly search for, save, and print citations. Information about TEEAL covers many areas: Agriculture, Economics, Rural Development, food Science and Nutrition etc(www.teeal.org)

You can
Read thousands of full text articles in various areas of specialization.
 Use Work offline: no internet needed.
Search citations and abstracts
Research better and more thorough.
You can access a wealth of agricultural information online at www.teeal.org or teal@cornell.edu

Author: Dr. Nkoyo B. Edem

Deputy University Librarian(Technical services), University of Calabar, CRS, Nigeria.

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