Monday, October 24, 2016

New Book Recommendation: Farewell to the World; A History of Suicide

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A book title of interest is: Farewell to the World; A History of Suicide by Marzio Barbagli, translated by Lucinda Byatt.

 An extract from the publisher's website states:

What drives a person to take his or her own life? Why would an individual be willing to strap a bomb to himself and walk into a crowded marketplace, blowing himself up at the same time as he kills and maims the people around him? Does suicide or ‘voluntary death’ have the same meaning today as it had in earlier centuries, and does it have the same significance in China, India and the Middle East as it has in the West? How should we understand this distressing, often puzzling phenomenon and how can we explain its patterns and variations over time?

 In this wide-ranging comparative study, Barbagli examines suicide as a socio-cultural, religious and political phenomenon, exploring the reasons that underlie it and the meanings it has acquired in different cultures throughout the world. Drawing on a vast body of research carried out by historians, anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists and psychologists, Barbagli shows that a satisfactory theory of suicide cannot limit itself to considering the two causes that were highlighted by the great French sociologist Émile Durkheim – namely, social integration and regulation. Barbagli proposes a new account of suicide that links the motives for and significance attributed to individual actions with the people for whom and against whom individuals take their lives.

This new study of suicide sheds fresh light on the cultural differences between East and West and greatly increases our understanding of an often-misunderstood act. It will be the definitive history of suicide for many years to come.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Closure of northern doors at Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, 21 October to 11 November 2016

The next phase of the  Townsville Campus Verandah walk construction has begun. The northern entry/exit to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library will be closed from the  21 October to 11 November 2016. During this time, access to the Mabo Library will be from the  Cafe and Southern entry/exits.

The ATM and public phone will be accessible from inside the Mabo Library.

After hours access to the Information Commons will be maintained throughout SP2 including exams.

We thank you for your patience during the construction.

JCU Libraries Extended Exam Hours

It's almost that time of year again.  SWOT VAC and Exams are just around the corner. No need to panic, JCU Libraries will have extended exam opening hours to help you get through. This means that we are open until midnight Monday to Friday and 10pm on weekends.

Don't forget that in Townsville the 24/7 InfoCommons and iLearning rooms are also available for student use outside library opening hours.

Extended exam opening hours will operate from the Monday 31 October 2016 - Thursday 17 November.

Mabo Library (Townsville)
Monday - Friday: 7:30am - Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 10pm

Cairns Campus Library
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 10pm

Thursday, October 20, 2016

World Statistics Day - 20 October 2016

World Statistics Day is 20 October 2016 and the theme this year is Better Data, Better Lives. This day promotes the critical role statistical information has in the world, especially official high-quality data. This statistical information can then be used for informed policy making as well as measuring a country's progress. This is the second year this day has been observed and the UN General Assembly have now decided that it will be celebrated every 5 years.

The JCU Library has a Statistics LibGuide that shows a variety of useful statistical databases and resources. For example, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) which contains a wide range of topics including economy, environment, industry, business, Census, regional statistics, and condensed facts about Australia

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Database review - IBISWorld

Scenario 1. You have an assignment that requires you to write a news article on  a large  Australian or New Zealand company. Where do you get the background information from? IBISWorld is a good starting point, with their Australia Company Reports. This database provides analyses of over 2000 companies (private, not-for profit and government organizations), produced by a team of experts who are regularly monitoring the economic state of our country. Each PDF report provides key statistics, management  and financial information, including main competitors and related companies.

Scenario 2. You are part of a groupwork project required to prepare a business plan for a company in a specific field - where do look for information on that sector? Using IBISWorld, it is easy to identify trends in growing, or slowing industries. Look at the Australia Industry Lists and Australia ANZSIC Industry Reports. Among the many online production, sales and services industries, who would guess that pipeline construction and cotton ginning in Australia are among the current top 50 growth industries?  Search for aquaculture to health care, horticulture to wind farming, and see how these sectors are faring.

IBISWorld was created by an Australian businessman, and the company has been researching in the field since 1971. Recently updated reports are prominently displayed on the home page, and links to several tutorial videos assist in using the database. Other features of the database are reports on economic risk factors and 18 month business forecasts. Download the Excel spreadsheets, and play with different hypothetical futures.

Business students and researchers are not the only people who will benefit from the information this database can supply - students from all disciplines will find useful information or trends to enhance their studies.  For example, reports from the section, Australian Business Environment Profiles, look at specific aspects of the Australian economy. Trends in consumer or public behaviour can be viewed on a range of issues, including discretionary income, the number of dentists per 100,000 of  the Australian population, or the domestic price of eggs.  Welcome to IBISWorld.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cairns Community Garden

Don’t mind a bit of dirt on your hands? Like the idea of growing your own food and learning about gardening? The Cairns Community Garden could be just the place for you.
The Grand Opening is happening tomorrow for all of you who RSVP’d on time and will include guest speakers, garden activities and more.

Otherwise, Mondays will be your gardening days at the Cairns Community Garden. Don’t forget to wear enclosed shoes, take drinking water and protect yourself from the sun.

Townsville people can also add some green to their thumbs at the Rotary Sunshine Edible Garden.

As usual, the JCU Library is the place to learn more about gardening in general, permaculture and the recent growth of Australian community gardens.

Scopus APIs and New Look Website

Scopus has recently updated their website and opened Scopus APIs to all users. If you use Scopus in your research, or if you're looking for a little something more, check out the new updates below.

What is Scopus?
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

Accelerate academic research using Scopus APIs

You can now obtain a Scopus API key for free as part of the University’s subscription. You will first need to ensure you have your own Scopus account, which can be set up here. Then, simply go to Scopus APIs and use your login details to obtain your API key.

For more information, including how to use Scopus APIs and why they are beneficial, see Accelerate Academic Research Using Scopus APIs or watch the Scopus APIs Webinar. If you need help with the registration process, check out the tutorial.

Scopus’ New Look Website
Scopus updated the look and feel of their website at the end of September. This update also included some functional changes, such as changes to the navigation bar and addition of a navigation spine including SciVal and My Scopus. For more information, including side by side comparisons of the old and new sites, see A New Look for Scopus

Check out Scopus and improve the quality of your research now!