Sunday, 24 August 2008

Improving your Research Skills Workshops

Improve your Research Skills in:

  • Australian information
  • Social Sciences
  • Business/Tourism
  • Science
  • Health

Improve your research skills in your specific area of study. These sessions will guide you through the process of accessing and searching the library’s journal databases for subject specific information. We will also look at how to find additional resources from the Internet for your assignments and what search strategies will help you find high quality articles.

Townsville Workshop times

  • Australian Information - Tuesday 26th August 2pm & Thursday 4th September 3pm
  • Social Sciences - Thursday 28th August 2pm & Tuesday 2nd September 10am
  • Business/Tourism - Tuesday 26th August 4pm & Wednesday 3rd September 10am
  • Science - Thursday 28th August 11am & Tuesday 2nd September 2pm
  • Health - Wednesday 27th August 11am & Thursday 4th September 11am

Venue - Library InfoHelp Training Room Townsville

Cairns Workshop Times

  • Psychology & Edcuation - Monday 25th August 11am B1.104
  • Science - Tuesday 26th August 3pm B1.105
  • Nursing - Wednesday 27th August 2pm B1.104
  • Business - Thursday 28th August 2pm B1.104

Friday, 22 August 2008

Scopus Trial

Student and staff of JCU have trial access until 30th September to Scopus an abstract and citation database covering 15,000 peer-reviewed journals in the Life, Health, Physical and Social Sciences. Also covered are selected Open Access journals, Conference Proceedings,Trade Publications, Patents, Scientific Web pages and Book series.

The URL for Scopus is

A password is not required on campus, off campus access is available via Remote Access login to the library trials web page.

Using the CSA database vodcast

Watch and listen to the library's new vodcast tutorial on using the CSA database. CSA contains a range of databases including ERIC, Psychological abstracts, Sociological abstracts and Social services abstracts. Have a look at this vodcast and other library podcasts including a JCU library overview on the library's training pages.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Passwords and House Keys

Universities are full of people who are discovering new technologies, new systems and new rules - most of which they haven't quite got the hang of yet.

This makes them prime targets for nefarious ne'er-do-wells (also known as "not very nice people") who like to pretend they are legitimate university staff in order to steal your usernames and passwords and use them to do all sorts of horrible, nasty things. Things like using your email account to send spam to thousands of other poor souls, or using up all of your Internet quota and running up your debt looking at web sites that might get you into trouble.

Usually, when the scam emails start coming out, we send around some emails of our own explaining why you should never give them your password.

Almost every time, without fail, people will reply to our emails (in which we have told them to NEVER give ANYONE their password - not even us) and they will give us their passwords.

In either case, once we know that a password has been compromised (because someone has sent it to us or we think they have sent it to someone else), we lock the account. You will try to sign into your email or one of the GATCF computers and you will be unable to do anything. If you come to us, we will talk to you about it and give you a new password, but your old password will never work again.

To put it as plainly as possible:

We will never ask you for your password. You should never give your password to anyone.

Remember, treat your passwords like you'd treat the keys to your car or your house. You probably wouldn't hand them out to anyone who simply came up and asked for them, and you shouldn't give away your passwords to anyone who asks for it, either.

AskNow@ JCU Library Competition Winners

Congratulations to Cindi Langford, a 4th Year Education student who won an iPod shuffle and Sejal Bhatiya, a Brisbane student who won a Target/Myer gift voucher by completing a survey about our Instant Messaging Service. You can now chat to librarians using the AskNow@JCU Library on Thursday night from 5pm-9pm as well as the regular chat hours from 12pm-5pm Monday-Saturday. You still have a chance to win a iPod Nano by filling in our survey in August and September.

Monday, 18 August 2008

How to use Web 2.0 tools to effectively manage information

Common Web2.0 tools such as social bookmarking, tagging and RSS feeds can be used to effectively manage resources and research for your assignments. Blogs and Wiki’s are common tools used to communicate and manage information and can be an effective assessment tool. After this session you will be able to use tools such as iGoogle, and LearnJCU blogs and wiki’s to help you study for and complete your assignments.

Workshop times (Townsville)
Tuesday 19th August 11am
Thursday 21st August 4pm

Venue - Library Infohelp Training Room

Friday, 15 August 2008

Discover Your Library @ JCU

JCU Open Day is on this Sunday, 17th August in Cairns and next Sunday 24th August in Townsville from 10.00am - 2.30pm. Our Libraries will be open from 10am - 5pm on both campuses so come along and join in the fun.

As part of OPEN DAY 2008, the Cairns and Townsville university libraries are offering a number of activities and displays:

Cairns Campus
Library Tour
Tour the library and take part in a quiz for a chance to win a one-year community library membership valued at $110.
Fuel your mind
Children's book display.
Books and publications by JCU staff and students on display
A huge variety of topics and mix of fiction and non-fiction works.

Townsville Campus

Fuel your mind : children's book display & storytelling 11.00 -11.30am and 1.30 - 2.00pm
Join our storytellers who will read and entertain from a selection of Australian children's literature.
Family history workshop
1.00 - 2.00pm
Learn how to get started with your own family tree.
Library scavenger hunt
It's fast and easy, we promise! Find the clues and answers. Go in the draw to win JCU Library community membership. Try this one with your kids!
Books and publications by JCU staff and students on display
A huge variety of topics and mix of fiction and non-fiction works.
Eddie Koiki Mabo display
In May 2008, the library was named the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library. This display is a tribute to his fight for land rights in Australia and his links to JCU.
Library special collection treasures display
Interested in the history of North Queensland? Discover treasures including rare books, oral histories and local and regional pictures from our archives.

See you there....

New Trials

Student and staff of JCU have trial access to the following services. A password is not required on campus, off campus access is not available for the trail but would be if JCU subscribed.
  1. Australian Accounting and Auditing Standards Online - AAAS An authoritative collection of Policy Statements, Interpretations, Accounting Standards, Auditing Standards, Auditing Guidance Statements and related documents online.
    Trial URL is:
    Trial is available to 8/9/2008.

  2. GEOnetBASE -A library of e-books on Geotechnical Engineering including topics such as Hydrology and Soil Science. Content of the books may be searched individually or across the collection. Click on the "Read it Online!" link for the full text.
    Trial URL is
    Trial is available to 15/9/2008.
Links are also available via the library trials page.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Group Study Rooms @ Your Library (Cairns)

Group study spaces in the Cairns Library are available in all shapes and sizes!

The ground floor of the library has some group study tables where you can get together over a coffee and take advantage of the only "coffee friendly area" in the library.

On the first floor, there are 5 bookable group study rooms. The rooms comfortably seat 6-8 people. They each have whiteboards (bring your own markers) and two of the rooms are also equipped with GAT computers for your convenience. TV's, DVD and Video players are also available for use in these rooms. Booking sheets are available adjacent to the Infohelp Desk.

The first floor also features a large area of open group study tables, or if you prefer you can lounge around on the bright red or blue comfy chairs.

The whole library is wireless enabled so where-ever and when-ever you choose to get together with your group, those with laptops can access the internet and electronic resources.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Finding Journal Articles

Impress your lecturers with excellent sources of information for assignments and essays. Learn how to find journal articles not on your reading list! Access and search the library's electronic databases which provide references to journal articles and sometimes the full text. Retrieve journal articles online and in print.
  • Tuesday 12 August, 2pm (Venue: B1.104, Cairns).

Can't make it to this workshop, try our interactive self-paced online Finding Journal Articles tutorial or come along to our subject specific sessions later this month.

Finding More on the Web

How to make search engines work for you.

This tutorial is designed to help you get better results when you search the Internet. Searching the Internet is a lot trickier than it looks. Even if you are getting good Results, chances are you could get even better ones.

Come along and find out how. If you ever need to search the Internet this session is for you.

  • Tuesday 12th August 10.00am
  • Thursday 14th August 1.00pm

Venue - Library Infohelp Training Room, Townsville

If you miss this session try Lost in Space Interactive, a hands-on online tutorial on getting better results from search engines.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Group Study Rooms @ Your Library (Townsville)

So, there's a group of you and you're looking for a place to study?

The library has a number of areas where a group can study together - including some with "special" features.

On the first floor, we have a small group discussion room behind the toilets on the Eastern side of the building. This room has whiteboards, but you may have to bring your own whiteboard markers.

On the second floor, we have a large group discussion room at the Eastern End, which can accommodate several groups at once. It also has whiteboards (bring your own markers).

Down at the Western end of the top floor, we have what we like to call our Group Presentation Room. Yes, this room also has a whiteboard - but that's not all. No, the Group Presentation Room also comes equipped with two projectors and facilities for connecting your lap-top. That's right, you can all gather together to work on a computer presentation, create a PowerPoint display or watch the media clips you need for your assignment and everyone can see what you're working on projected onto the wall in living colour.

If you're not impressed by the likes of whiteboards and projectors, we also have a number of spaces around the library where you can just gather around a nice big table and chat. Down at the Eastern End on the first floor is an area we like to call "the nook", which has tables, chairs and beanbags. At the opposite end of the building there are tables just to the side of the InfoHelp desk, some between the Main and Reference collections and some more down in the Curriculum area, near the CDs and Scores. There are also tables for group work located on the second floor near the toilets on the Eastern side.

If you are looking for a whiteboard, but all of the rooms are taken, we also have a mobile whiteboard which you can take to one of the other areas.

With so many areas for group work and discussion, you'd be forgiven for thinking we don't have any quiet places to study, but we do. There are a number of total silence zones in the library, and we ask our patrons to respect the fact that people in those zones need the quiet to get work done.

Basically, if you need a space to work on your assignments - either quietly on your own or with a group, the Library should be at the top of your list. Come in and see what we have to offer.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Trials of Complete Cambridge Companions and Cambridge Histories Online now available.

Students and staff of JCU have trial access until 3rd September to:
  1. The Complete Cambridge Companions Online. The Complete collection of volumes published in the Cambridge Companions series includes Companions to Literature and Classics Collection (175 titles) and the Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture Collection (110 titles). URL:

  2. Cambridge Histories Online. Contains full text of over 250 volumes on American, British, world, social and cultural history published by Cambridge University Press since 1960. URL:
A password is not required on campus, off campus access is available via Remote Access login to the library trials web page.

Monday, 4 August 2008

ACLS Humanities E-Book trial access

This electronic resource includes 1700 full-text, cross-searchable books in the humanities selected for their continuing importance to students and scholars. Subjects include history, archaeology, art history, folklore, religion, musicology, and political science. Lists of titles can be found online at:

To trial, go to: Although searching and browsing are unrestricted, to access the full text you will need to use the "UM Login" when prompted. Password is available from InfoHelp.

Trial ends 31 August 2008.

NAIDOC Day & Debate @ JCU

There will be guest Speakers including Associate Professor Gracelyn Smallwood, Indigenous Advisor to the Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding, Michelle Deshong a JCU Masters Student and Executive Member of the Golden Key Society, Dorothy Smith Undergraduate Student in School of Nursing, poetry reading by distinguished published Indigenous Poet Coralie Cassady, a variety of local traditional cultural Dancers including 3 groups of students from Shalom Christian College a Live Broad Cast by 4K1G and a traditional Kup Murri and a smorgasbord of traditional food.

There will also be a debate at 12:15pm which academic staff have been invited to participate in. The Debate and Quiz topic is “Is Australia a Fair Country?” based on the theme selected for NAIDOC this year which is ‘Advance Australia Fair’! So come along and test your knowledge on indigenous history in Australia. There are prizes to be Won!!

When: Monday the 4th of August.
Where: 10:00am - 2.00pm outside the Refectory.

Come by the Library and see our NAIDOC display.

Library Opening Hours

The Library's Opening Hours during semester are:

  • Monday - Thursday 8am-10.30pm;
  • Friday 8am-6pm;
  • Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm


  • Monday - Thursday 8am-9pm;
  • Friday 8am-6pm;
  • Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm