Friday, 28 November 2008

Tropicat Reindexing

Update, 3pm: All Tropicat indexes are now working correctly.

Due to a minor system error we are currently reindexing Tropicat. Searching still works but keyword searches may not retrieve every item until reindexing is finished, probably at around 4pm Friday afternoon November 28.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Learning Circles

School of Education 2008 Public Art Presentation and Student Art Exhibition will be on display in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on Monday 1st December.

Following the official handover of The Learning Circles to the JCU Vice Chancellor and presentation of certificates to JCU students, sponsors and mentors the gathering will move to the ground floor of the JCU Library to view The Learning Circles and individual 2008 art works.

Please come in during the week and view the artwork and Learning Circles on display.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Scopus Trial ends, Scopus subscription begins.

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources in the Life, Health, Physical and Social Sciences. Following extensive trials, JCU has subscribed to Scopus. Access is available via the Library Databases web page. Please log in via Remote Access if you are off campus.

Scopus offers:
  • over 16,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 publishers
  • over 1200 Open Access journals
  • 520 conference proceedings
  • 650 trade publications
  • 315 book series
  • 36 million records
  • Results from 431 million scientific web pages
  • 23 million patent records from 5 patent offices
  • "Articles-in-Press" from over 3,000 journals
As a researcher:
  • You can find out who is citing you, and how many citations an article or an author has received. You can also analyse citations for a particular journal issue, volume or year.
  • You can use the refine results overview to quickly see the main journals, disciplines and authors that publish in your area of interest.
  • You can check out the work and citations of other authors.
  • You can click on the cited by and reference links to track research trends and make connections.
A password is not required on campus; off campus access is available via Remote Access login.

In order to take advantage of personalized features in Scopus, register on Scopus by clicking on the “Register” link on the top right hand corner of any page. These user names can be used to access your personalized features (Search Alerts, Document Citation Alerts and Saved Searches) from the campus network or via remote access login.

Monday, 24 November 2008

Library Summer Opening Hours

From Monday 1 December 2008 the Townsville and Cairns Library Buildings will be open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Go to the Library Opening Hours webpage to check our summer opening times in detail.

GATCF Lab Closures - Summer Semester Break 2008/2009

Information Technology and Resources staff will be undertaking major system upgrades to the facilities in the GATCF labs over the summer semester break. This means that all computer labs, with the exception of facilities in the Library, DA2-107 and DA2-104 will be unavailable from Monday 1st December 2008 until Monday 9th February 2009, unless otherwise timetabled. At some point it will be necessary to upgrade these labs as well. IT&R will endeavour to make other facilities available during this time.

All GATCF facilities will be closed for the Christmas Break commencing Midday Wednesday 24 December 2008 and re-opening 9am Friday 2nd January 2009.

IT&R staff will post notices to the Central Computing Bulletin Board advising of any changes to the status of the GATCF labs. You should check the bulletins for ongoing updates from time to time.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Exam Tips, #3

Know your audience.

It's easy to think of exams as these soulless things that exist to take away precious hours of your life, but it can pay to remember that all exams are read by someone - after all, someone has to mark the exam, and that someone is likely to be one of your lecturers or tutors.

You've probably seen your lecturers a couple of times this semester. Assuming you've attended a lecture, listened to one of their podcasts or read any of their emails, you've had some chance of observing the people who will be marking your exams.

Even if you've done your best to ignore them and avoid all possible contact, you would have read their notes for each class and noticed what readings they have selected. At least, I would hope you've done this. If not you may as well stop reading now because nothing will help you.

For those of you who have paid attention to their lecturers at some point, I ask a simple question: what do they like?

What sort of theories do they favour? What sort of arguments and writers do they bring to your attention? What really impresses them? Have they ever seemed really excited about a certain topic?

On the other side of the coin, have they ever given you the impression that there is a certain writer or school of thought that they have little time or respect for?

Do they love Piaget and barely mention Vygostky? Are they fond of Jung but think Freud needed to see a shrink? Do they spend two months talking about feminist theory and barely two minutes discussing Marxism?

Now, big question: what are they like? Have you got a stubborn old coot who is thoroughly set in his or her ways and refuses to entertain alternatives? Is your lecturer an excitable academic who loves debating ideas?

Now that you've had a bit of a think about what your lecturers like and the kinds of people they are, here's another question: what do you think would impress them?

Have a few quotes from their favourite writers up your sleeve (you only have to remember one or two to really knock their socks off - most people don't have quotes in an exam answer). Read up a little as part of your study - make sure you know more about their favourite subjects than just what they've told you in class.

Most importantly, remember that your exam is a great chance to show your lecturer that you know your stuff. Remember that you will have an audience, and think about them as you write your answers.

Taken from Information Literacy and Other Research Techniques

Saturday, 15 November 2008

ScienceDirect Unavailability

ScienceDirect will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance for approximately 10 hours during the period from 13:00 to 22:00 GMT on Saturday, 15 November (11:00pm to 9:00am AEST).

This will affect searching as well as fulltext article access through the Find It button.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Friday, 14 November 2008

American Chemical Society unavailable 15-16 November

On the weekend of November 15–16, 2008, the ACS Publications website will be unavailable as they deploy a new web delivery platform, hosting all 34 ACS Journals with new features and functionality. A flash-based demo showcasing many of the features and benefits of the new site is available at:

Open Access to JCU Theses

Many of the JCU theses in print format, also available online or in microform, previously held in a closed access collection available only by request, are now available within the Library on open shelves near the Reference Collection, first floor, Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Townsville. Library users now have open, self-access to this important collection. The change will allow the print versions of JCU theses to be more visible and accessible for use within the Library.

Many theses are also available online from JCU ResearchOnline@JCU.

Those theses with special conditions regarding their use and/or only available in print are still located in Special Collections and are available upon request. These are listed as Theses SC in Tropicat, the library catalogue. See the JCU Theses website for more information.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Tropicat Search Box in Firefox

Here's a neat trick

You can add a Tropicat Search box to your Firefox desktop so you can search the Library's catalogue without going to the Library's homepage.

Here's are step-by-step directions.

1) Download: Add to Search Bar add-on.
2) Next, go to Tropicat simple search and simply right click inside the
search box. (Click ONE)
3) Look for the "Add to Search Bar" option in the menu.
4) Here you can change the name (if you like). Click TWO.
5) That's it. You're done. Now you can search Tropicat directly from
your FireFox Searchbar.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Store items now available

JCU Library (Townsville) has completed the reorganisation of its store collection (see previous news item). Items marked in Tropicat (library catalogue) as being in the P Store, S Store, X Store or Y Store collections are now available.

Requests for store items can be made at InfoHelp.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Meet JCU's Antarctic explorer Dr Jon Stephenson

Come and join us on the 7th November at 10am in the InfoHelp training room (ground floor, Mabo Library Townsville) to listen to Dr Jon Stephenson, original staff member of Townsville University College Geology department and expedition member. The presentation will give some additional background about James Cook (Antarctic pioneer) and Antarctica, and about the inaccessibility of the Weddell Sea approach, as against the easier Ross sea entry, to Antarctica used by Amundsen and Scott in their race to the South Pole. It also reflects very briefly on what is happening scientifically in Antarctica today.

You are invited to stay for morning tea after the presentation. For catering purposes please RSVP to Helen Hooper by Wednesday 5th November (email: or phone: 4781 4381).

In conjunction with the talk an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia taken by Dr. Stephenson during the 1955-58 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition to commemorate 50 years is currently on display on the first floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo library (Townsville) until Friday 21th November.

HeinOnline Trial

Student and staff of JCU have trial access until 31st December to HeinOnline an image based (PDF) Law Library of journals, books, reports and US statutes with search functions.

The "Core" collections in the trial include: Legal Classics, Law Journal Library, U.S. Supreme Court Library, U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, Treaties and Agreements Library. The URL for HeinOnline is then click on "SUBSCRIBERS CLICK HERE TO ENTER".

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