Thursday, September 21, 2017

International Translation Day - 30 September

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 30 September as International Translation Day to celebrate the role of professional translation in connecting nations and fostering peace, understanding, and development. 

Why September 30? 
September 30 is also the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators, as well as of scholars, archaeologists, and librarians. 

You can participate by contributing to the the most translated video in history , by recording an article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in your own language. 

Interested in a career in modern languages? 
The United Nations is one of the world's largest employers of language professionals, who work in New York, Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi, or at the United Nations regional commissions in Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut, Geneva, and Santiago. 

Languages education 
If you intend to travel or work overseas, you could start with a short course offered by the Academy of Modern Languages at JCU.  Elementary and intermediate courses run for 12 weeks in Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, and Thai.  
JCU also offers a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in modern languages (French, Italian, German or Japanese). 

Resources in other languages 
The library doesn't offer a translation service but we do provide access to resources in many different languages. Use Advanced search and choose a language from the drop-down list to see works published by international authors, in international journals or in other languages. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Need Help With Your Assignments?

Is your assignment deadline approaching and you need some help?

Never fear, the Library is here!

We have lots of services in the library that can help you with your assignments.

Go to the InfoHelp Desk for help with your research and your references. There's someone at the desk whenever the library is open.

See the Peer Advisors for writing and editing help. They can also help to make sure that you answer the assignment question. They are available Monday to Friday in Cairns Library (10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm) and in the Mabo Library (Townsville) (10am - 4pm). Their web page also offers valuable advice.

If you're feeling stressed, please have a chat with JCU Counselling Service, also located in the Cairns and Mabo (Townsville) Libraries.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

YourTutor Now Available for ALL students

Good News! YourTutor is now offered to all diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate (HDR, GRS, course work) students.

Just click on the YourTutor link in your LearnJCU subject site.

YourTutor is an online after-hours academic assistance service available through LearnJCU subject sites and it’s FREE to JCU (Australia) students.

This includes:
• access to 150 mins of support per student per month
• access to LiveChat and/or written work uploads.
• access to afterhours online support.
• all internal and external Townsville and Cairns students

Talk to your lecturer if you do not see YourTutor in the Tools area of your LearnJCU subject menu.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New book: The ageless Agatha Christie : essays on the mysteries and the legacy

Agatha Christie fans will be pleased to know that the library has purchased a collection of new essays edited by J.C. Bernthal which bring fresh perspectives to her work, including readings and discussions of little-known aspects of her life, career, and legacy.

When Agatha Christie died in 1976, she was the bestselling mystery writer in history. The contributors explore her relationship with modernism, the relevance of queer theory, television adaptations, issues with translations, information behavior theory, feminist readings, postcolonial tribute novels, celebrity culture and heritage cinema. The final word is given to fans in an editorial that collates testimonies from readers, collectors and enthusiasts (McFarland Books).

The ageless Agatha Christie is a valuable addition to our extensive collection on Christie's scholarship. If the book is not currently held at your campus, you can place a hold request and the book will be delivered to either the Townsville or Cairns Library. We also provide an off-campus loan service for students living more than 50kms from either Townsville or Cairns.

To browse more great new titles, click on the New Books tab in Tropicat or subscribe to our New Books weekly email.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

HELP!!!! How to get in touch with the Library


Whenever you need help  using the library, referencing, and with basic IT you can get in touch with the us by checking out our Get Help page, which has details on how to reach us through:
  • The InfoHelp contact form
  • In person at Townsville & Cairns InfoHelp desks
  • Via the Chat service
  • By calling - Townsville +61 7 4781 5500 (option 2);  Cairns +61 7 4232 1777 (option 2)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Study Spaces in JCU Libraries

The library buildings in Townsville and Cairns have different zones on each floor.

Please choose a zone that is appropriate for your study needs, and remember that the library is a shared space.

Our patrons are expected to comply with our Client Services Charter, the Library Use Policy, and the Acceptable Use Policy for university facilities.

At all times you should ensure that your valuables are not left unattended.



Ground Floor - Collaborative Zone 


  • Group discussion spaces 
  • Cold food and covered drinks (except in cafe areas or kitchenettes) 
  • Phone friendly (but be mindful of your neighbours)






First Floor - Quiet Zone 


  • Quiet discussions (be mindful of other users) 
  • Cold food and covered drinks 
  • Switch your phone to silent (and take phone calls downstairs) 





Second Floor - Silent Zone 


  • No talking Silent study 
  • Cold food and covered drinks 
  • Switch your phone to silent (and take phone calls downstairs) 



Food and drink in the library 


When using the study spaces in the library, please ensure your food is “library friendly”. 

  • Cold, quiet food (such as sandwiches and sushi) and covered drinks are welcome on all floors of the library, as long as they do not disturb other library users. 
  • Hot, noisy or “aromatic” food is welcome in the cafe, kitchenette and outdoor areas. 

Please help us keep our spaces clean and tidy by: 

  • Putting your rubbish in the bins provided 
  • Cleaning up after yourself 
  • Letting us know if something needs our attention

Find out more at  JCU Library Zones 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Referencing Websites

Referencing is the bane of many students' existence, but it is a necessary skill in the academic sphere.
Despite how it feels referencing books and journal articles is relatively straight forward- the author, date, and title are usually clear.

However, when it comes to online resources it can get tricky to find the information you need to fill in your reference.

How to identify the author/date
  • Check the top and bottom of the article/page
  • Look for an 'Updated' note (AMA), do not use this for APA
  • Check the About/Contact information
  • Check the Copyright information ( note this may be the owner organisation, not necessarily the author)
  • Check the URL
  • A lot of websites will have a Copyright date, this is not necessarily the publication date. 
There is no author! The title takes the place of the author (see examples below).
There is no date! (n.d.)

Also Check the Title
Most web pages will have 2 titles the name of the overall site, and the name of the individual page.
For example the image to right shows a page from State Government of Victoria's (author) Better Health Channel (Website name), with the individual web page title being Environmental health.

Format (How it should look)

APA

Web Page

Author, A.A. (year). Title of web page. Retrieved from URL

Animals Australia. (2013). Think like a cat. Retrieved from http://www.electrochook/sneaky1.html

Web document


Author, A.A. (year). Title of document. Retrieved from URL

Animals Australia. (n.d.). Think like a cat. Retrieved from http://www.electrochook/sneaky1.pdf

No author 

Web page

Title of web page. (year). Retrieved from URL

Think like a cat. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.electrochook/sneaky1.html

Web Document


Title of document. (year). Retrieved from URL


The cat who pretended he didn't eat all the cream. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.electrochook/sneaky1.pdf

AMA

  1. Author(s) [or organisation responsible for the site]. Title of page or object. Name of website. URL. Published [or Updated] date [at least the year, if available]. Accessed date. 
  2. State Government of Victoria. Anaphylaxis. Better Health Channel. http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Anaphylaxis. Updated July 16, 2013. Accessed January 8, 2014.

Other Styles

If you're really not sure how to reference something you find online get in touch with the Library; In person, via the InfoHelp contact form or Chat service, or by calling.

It helps if you include a link to the source you want to reference.