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Case Study: Making sense of science

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academic, commercial and public sector researchers are registered to use the British Library’s scientific information resources.

The availability of research-level materials is essential to Peter Cartwright, a researcher and author who specialises in probiotics. His publications about the role of these ‘friendly’ bacteria in chronic diseases such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis, provide easy-to-understand information for patients and their families.

Peter Cartwright

Researching his latest book, Probiotic Allies, he realised there was a limit to the resources he could find elsewhere. At the British Library he was able to draw upon the full extent of our science collections to explore a wide range of biomedical journals, books and supporting texts.

‘As an independent researcher, the British Library is essential in providing access to an extraordinary breadth and depth of good quality information,’ he says, describing the Library as ‘a great place to work’.

‘One of the great things about the Library is that everyone I have dealt with was calm, clear and went out of their way to help me find the information when I wasn’t sure where to look.’


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