College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural & Resource Economics

IT & Library Resources

AREC Computer Labs

The Department provides a 15 seat computer lab (3200 Symons) for the exclusive use of our graduate students available 24 hours a day. Another 25 seat lab (0115 Symons) is available by reservation for classes, presentations and research (e.g. experimental economics sessions). These labs are equipped Pano Logic “zero” (aka thin) client devices that connect end users to desktop virtual machines. This solution allows graduate students the capability to remotely access a virtual desktop.

Each AREC graduate student is allocated storage space on the network and an email account (Outlook/Exchange 2007). A networked printer is available in the graduate student computer lab.

AREC Library

AREC’s library (3205 Symons) is primarily for the faculty and graduate students of the Department. Undergraduate students may use the library if they are employed by a faculty member or otherwise helping faculty members with specific projects. This library is independent of the University Library System. The library is open from 8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. The library does employ a graduate assistant, so evening or weekend hours change each semester based on the availability of the GA. Here are a few examples of resources available in the AREC library:

  • Circulating books, government documents (mostly from USDA), and journals. The catalog is accessed by the Athena software package, which is part of the AREC software suite available on all department computers (it is not available on the Web). The list of journals is available on the AREC web site.
  • A public use computer (for quickly checking your e‐mail, etc.)
  • Three computer workstations
  • An e-mail enabled scanner / printer / copier
  • Recent Stata manuals
  • Course reserves for graduate students. See “McKeldin/University Libraries” for information about electronic course reserves and course reserves for undergraduate students.
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