Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Subscription - Oxford Scholarship Online

JCU has recently subscribed to Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO).

Updated monthly, OSO offers access to thousands of scholarly eBooks on a range of topics. JCU has subscribed to the following collections: Biology, Linguistics, Palliative Care, Psychology, Public Health and Epidemiology, Social Work, and Sociology.

Find OSO on the Library Databases A-Z under O for Oxford or continue reading for more information about each of the collections we subscribe to!

Biology Collection

The OSO Biology Collection focuses on ecology and evolution, with topics covered including evolutionary biology, epidemiology, conservation biology, physiology, animal biology, marine and aquatic biology, microbiology, and plant science and forestry. Follow the link below for all of your biology research needs.

Browse the Biology Collection.


Linguistics Collection

The OSO Linguistics Collection provides information on all fields of theoretical and historical linguistics and has extensive lists in linguistic typology, language evolution, and language in culture and society. Topics covered include language families, semantics and pragmatics, and theoretical linguistics. If you're studying or simply interested in linguistics, check out the collection now!

Browse the Linguistics Collection.


Palliative Care Collection

The OSO Palliative Care Collection covers all topics in palliative care, including palliative medicine and older people, paediatric palliative medicine, pain management and palliative pharmacology, patient care and end-of-life decision making, and palliative medicine research. Focus is on evidence-based palliative care, quality of life, and ethics. Follow the link below to browse the 82 titles currently available in this collection.

Browse the Palliative Care Collection.


Psychology Collection

OSO’s Psychology Collection focuses on cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive development. This collection includes all titles from the Oxford Psychology Series, as well as titles in the core areas of cognitive research, such as cognitive development, developmental neuroscience, affect and emotion, perception, memory, attention, social cognition/social neuroscience, behavioural neuroendocrinology, cognitive models and architectures, ethology and comparative cognition, behavioural genetics, and cognitive engineering/human-technology interaction. A must browse for all psychology students!

Browse the Psychology Collection.


Public Health and Epidemiology Collection

The OSO Public Health and Epidemiology Collection consists of 180 scholarly titles on a range of public health and epidemiology topics affecting populations around the world. Topics covered include access to healthcare, health promotion, evidence-based public health, and food policy. Make sure to have a look if you're studying this area.

Browse the Public Health and Epidemiology Collection.


Social Work Collection

The Social Work collection includes titles on social policy, crime and justice, and children and families. With 172 titles from notable authors in the social work field, the collection focuses on broad areas of the social work discipline, such as child welfare and mental health, with an emphasis on research methods and evidence-based practice. If you're looking at a future career in social work, this is a great place to visit to support your study.

Browse the Social Work Collection.


Sociology Collection

OSO’s Sociology collection covers economic sociology, law, crime, and deviance, as well as marriage and the family. There is a strong focus on research that addresses both enduring questions in the sociology field as well as trends and key issues in the world today. A range of methodologies and approaches, from empirical and theoretical to quantitative and qualitative are represented. Follow the link below to browse the 183 titles currently available.

Browse the Sociology Collection.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Get ACS Central Science on Your Mobile Devices Today!

JCU has a full subscription to the American Chemical Society (ACS) collection. ACS is the leading publisher of peer reviewed research journals in the chemical and related sciences. They have been publishing journals in the chemical field since 1879. The ACS Journal Collection includes over 50 peer-reviewed journals. Thanks to our subscription, JCU users have full access to all of the ACS journals including ACS Central Science, the ACS's first fully open access journal. Simply find the American Chemical Society journal collection on the A-Z Databases page or head straight to the website - ACS Publications.

Published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), ACS Central Science is a multidisciplinary journal highlighting chemistry’s role in bridging the physical and life sciences. It addresses important advances in fundamental areas of chemistry as well as applied and interdisciplinary research highlighting the seminal role of chemistry in a wide range of other scientific disciplines. The journal is entirely open access, so anyone can use the information within and they have recently launched a mobile app!

The ACS Central Science App, now freely available from both Google Play and the Apple App Store, gives you easy access to groundbreaking research in chemistry and allied fields straight from your mobile device. Download it today to explore the latest chemistry research on the go!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Share your “Shelfie” and Win!

The JCU Library is offering students the chance to win one of two Co-op Bookshop vouchers to the value of $50, and one of four $10 3D-printing vouchers for our new 3D-printing service, available at both the Townsville and Cairns campus libraries.

To win, we want to see a picture of you within a JCU Library - we want to see your shelfies!

To Enter:
  1. Follow the JCU Library on Instagram @jcu_libraryinthetropics 
  2. Take a shelfie within one of our libraries 
  3. Post the photo on Instagram and tag it with #jculibraryshelfie. Don’t forget to make sure your profile is public so we can see your images! 

The winning shelfies will be judged by the same librarians who walk the shelves and spend their days (and sometimes nights) within the library. The JCU Library Shelfie competition will run from the 15th February until the 17th March - that’s until the end of week 4 (and the end of the Orientation period).

Terms & Conditions 
  1. The JCU Library Shelfie competition is run by James Cook University Library. 
  2. The prizes are two $50 vouchers for the Co-op Bookshop and four $10 3D-printing vouchers. 
  3. The competition commences at 8am 15th February and concludes at 5pm 17th March. 
  4. Each entrant agrees to, and is bound by, these terms and conditions. 
  5. An entrant may enter as many times as they like. 
  6. Entry is free and open to currently enrolled students at James Cook University. 
  7. The entrant agrees that by submitting a photo, JCU may use the image for promotion within the JCU Library buildings and on the JCU website and JCU social media channels. 
  8. Uploaded images must be the entrant’s original works and permissions must be obtained for all other persons visible in the image. 
  9. JCU reserves the right to modify or change these Terms & Conditions at any time. 
  10. The winning images will be selected by Library & Information Services staff based on content and originality. 
  11. The winners will be announced on 20th March via JCU Library social media channels. (Winners will be contacted through Instagram). Winners have 7 days to collect their prize. Proof of identification will be requested from the winners at the time of collecting their prize. Any costs associated with collecting the prize are the entrant’s responsibility. 
  12. The entrant agrees to a complete release of Instagram for the purposes of this competition.
**This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Library Opening Hours Study Period 1, 2017

The libraries on Cairns and Townsville campuses opening hours from Monday February 20th 2017.

Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library 
Monday to Thursday 7.30 am to 9.30 pm
 Friday 7.30 am to 7.30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10.00 pm to 5.00pm

Cairns Campus Library 
Monday to Thursday 8.00 am to 9.00 pm
Friday 8.00 am to 6.00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10.00 pm to 5.00pm

April 14th, Good Friday Closed
April 15th, Easter Saturday 1.00pm to 5.00pm
April 16th, Easter Sunday Closed
April 17th, Easter Monday 1.00pm to 5.00pm
April 25th, ANZAC Day 1.00pm to 5.00pm
May 1st, Labour Day 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Check out the Opening Hours online for the full library hours.

Library Lovers Day - 14 February 2017

February 14 is usually known as Valentine's Day but is now also Library Lovers Day. This day is a time to celebrate all things library and the role they play in the community.You can show your appreciation of libraries (and librarians) by:
  •  Borrowing a book or DVD
  • Encouraging your friends and other students to use the library
  • Have a chat to one of our helpful library staff
  • Relax in the comfy furniture
So why not come in or look at the website and see what the JCU Libraries have to offer.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Book Recommendation: The Study Skills Handbook

Brush up on your study skills with The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell.

An extract from the publisher's website states:

If you are serious about succeeding with your studies, The Study Skills Handbook is for you! Stella Cottrell has helped hundreds of thousands of students to make learning easier, faster and more enjoyable. Recognising that we all have our own unique formula for success, her tried and trusted approach allows you to find the key to unlock your potential and develop the skills you need to improve your grades, build your confidence and plan for the future you want.

 The JCU library has a range of books that provide useful advice about studying, they can be found here.

Friday, February 10, 2017

21st Century Study Tools: Mobile Apps for Study and Research LibGuide

Getting ready for University and have a brand new smartphone or tablet, but don't know what apps to install?

Check out the Library's Mobile Apps for Study and Research LibGuide. We have curated lists of apps for all sorts of study situations including note taking, accessing LearnJCU and even ones to listen to study music.

Whilst you are in LibGuides, we recommend you get a head start and do the Info Skills Road Trip to learn about the library and how to utilise it best in your studies.