Friday, January 20, 2017

U.S. Presidential Inauguration Day

Donald Trump will very soon be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. These Presidential Inauguration Days have long been scheduled in the U.S. for the 20th of January (after an election year). This means you will need to stay up late tonight to watch it live and hear Trump’s Inaugural Address.

Can we expect the same kind of speech from Donald Trump as those delivered by his predecessors?

Read previous Inaugural Addresses by taking a browse through the digital pages of My Fellow Americans: Presidential Inaugural Addresses, from George Washington to Barack Obama.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Australian History Book Recommendation: Dancing with Strangers

With January 26th nearly upon us, some may wish to read about what actually happened in those days of the British First Fleet's arrival in 1788.

One recommended book is Dancing with Strangers by Inga Clendinnen.
Call number: 994.410049915 CLE

Published in 2003 Inga has set out to reexamine the first hand accounts of that catylyst moment for what was to become Australia. According to a review by John Hirst the methods used result in one of the freshest and engaging historical titles ever written.

Introducing EndNote X8!

EndNote X8 is now available for download from the EndNote LibGuide.

EndNote X8 is designed to work with Windows 7 to Windows 10, and with Macintosh OS X 10.10, Yosemite, to the new OS X 10.12, Sierra.

For those who don’t know what EndNote is and what it does, you can find more information on the EndNote LibGuide.

Windows users
The file download comes as a Zip folder. You need to extract the files before you install the ENX8Inst.msi file. To do this, click Extract All at the top of the file window.

If you are upgrading from a previous version of EndNote, don’t forget to back up your libraries and edited styles and then uninstall the old EndNote before installing the new version.

What's New?
New look icons
The icons are now the same across both operating systems and are also more intuitive.
For example, a quotation mark indicates a command to insert citations and a PDF icon inside a magnifying glass starts Find Full Text to search for PDFs matching the selected records.

New Reference Update features
Use Find Reference Updates to update an entire set of references without verifying the update for each record individually. There is also a new option to edit the updated reference manually.

New tools in the Groups panel
The Configure Sync button will appear in libraries that do not sync with EndNote online. Use this command to set up EndNote Sync for a library.

Only one desktop library can be synced to your online account. Configuring sync for a new library will merge the libraries together. If you merge libraries, use the last library you synced as your new library.

The Recently Added tool shows references added to the library in the last 24 hours, 7 days, 14 days, or 30 days. Right click on the group to change the time period.

Improved Library Sharing
With EndNote X8 you can now share your library with up to 100 other EndNote X7 or X8 users. Everyone sharing a library has editing rights.

You can only share your library with people who have access to the desktop version of EndNote.

Activity Feed for library changes
An activity feed is available for each shared library, whether the library has been shared with you or you are the owner of the library. The feed will show changes made in EndNote on the desktop or iPad by all those sharing the library. It will not show changes made in EndNote online.

Watch a video about the new features in EndNote X8. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Opening hours: Australia Day Public Holiday 26th January 2017

In 2017 Australia Day will be on Thursday 26th of January. Traditionally Australians use this day to get together with friends and family - often over drinks, at a barbecue, at the beach, or at a public event. Have a look at the Australia Day website to find an event near you.

JCU Libraries in Cairns and Townsville will be closed on Thursday 26 January for the Australia Day public holiday and will reopen at 8am on Friday 27 January. The Townsville 24 hour Information Commons will remain accessible on Australia Day.

Please check our Opening Hours webpage to plan your upcoming Library visits.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New eBook Recommendation: Small Dictionaries and Curiosity

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:

Small Dictionaries and Curiosity: Lexicography and Fieldwork in Post-Medieval Europe by John Considine

An extract from the publisher states:
Small Dictionaries and Curiosity is a contribution to the history of lexicography, which gives an account of the first European dictionaries and wordlists of minority languages and dialects, from the end of the Middle Ages to the early nineteenth century. These wordlists were collected by people who were curious about the unrecorded or little-known languages they heard around them. They come from the whole of Europe, from the British Isles to the Ottoman Empire, and from the Basque country to the eastern parts of European Russia. Between them, they document more than forty language varieties. The book gives an account of about ninety of these dictionaries and wordlists, some of them single-page jottings and some of them full-sized printed books, paying attention to their content and their context alike. Its perspective is not only that of the history of linguistics, but that of the cultural history and the intellectual history of Europe.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Find Dissertations and Theses from America - Free!

American Doctoral Dissertations is an open access comprehensive record of dissertations accepted by American universities from 1902 to present. With more than 172,000 theses and dissertations listed, and links to full text where available, this database is an excellent resource for all research areas.

The database was founded by the H.W. Wilson Foundation and EBSCO in 2014 to make it easier to access previously hard to find scholarly writing. So far, the site includes dissertations and theses from Rochester Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, and 31 colleges and universities under OhioLINK, and more repositories will be added in the near future. Each record includes links to individual Institutional Repositories where the thesis or dissertation is housed, and researchers can contact authors or access full text that is already uploaded to respective repositories.

There is so much research out there that is practically undiscoverable. American Doctoral Dissertations opens a window to that data, allowing researchers to find information that previously might have been lost on dusty shelves. Visit the database today at to see what you can find!

And if you’re looking for research closer to home, take the chance to check out JCU’s own institutional repository, ResearchOnline@JCU while you’re at it!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Finding textbooks for JCU

Do you need to find which textbooks you require for your subjects? Your required textbook should be in your subject outline, located in LearnJCU.

Textbook lists for JCU subjects are often provided to the Co-op book shop and can be searched on the Co-op book shop website by clicking the Textbooks button to get to the textbook search, filter to JCU Townsville or Cairns campus, select the semester and then the subject code. The Co-op also sells some second-hand textbooks.

JCU libraries in Cairns and Townsville have copies of all required textbooks.