Friday, 30 January 2009

New X Search Launched

JCU Library is pleased to announce the availability of the new X Search.

X Search enables you to search many databases simultaneously using the same easy to use interface.

X Search also helps you identify the databases that cover your subject area and search many of them simultaneously.

Improvements include:
  • No limit to the number of databases that can be searched
  • No logging in required
  • Simpler, cleaner, more intuitive interface
  • Better integration with new Find It
  • Ability to create subject specific gadgets to embed in other resources (LearnJCU, web subject guides, iGoogle, etc)
Other functions include:
  • Clustering/subject analysis
  • Filtering by date, journal, database, author
  • Sorting by date, title, author source
  • Marking records and emailing/exporting/saving them
Great Search Tip
When there is no Find It button next to a record it means the full article IS directly available by clicking on the title of the article.
Find It only appears when X Search is unsure whether the full text is available.
Comments and suggestions are welcome either through Infohelp or Talkback.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

New Library and Computing Website

The new Library and Computing website with a fresh and bright look is now available for use.

We hope that you find the refreshed website easier to use with more seamless access to library and computing resources and services. Some of the changes include being able to search the library catalogue, Tropicat, directly from the main page; and new icons to enable remote access, find services, access Library News, and ask for help.

We encourage you to try it out and to give us your feedback, through Talkback

You can access the site from the JCU main webpage and click on Library and Computing or go directly to:

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

EndNote Workshops - Townsville & Cairns

James Cook University has a site license for EndNote bibliographic software.

Introductory workshops for staff and postgraduate students will be offered in February 2009. EndNote will be covered in one 3-hour “hands on” session, including:

* Introduction to EndNote
* Cite while you write: how EndNote interacts with Word
* Using Filter files
* Using Connection files

These training sessions will be for EndNote version X2.
Please note that these workshops are at an introductory level - you should be familiar with Microsoft Word, but you need no previous experience with EndNote.
If you wish to attend you need to make a booking, and also be sure to have your JCU login & password to allow computer lab access.

Townsville Session Times:
  • Tuesday 10th February, 9.00am-12 noon in DA002-107 (HX107)
  • Wednesday 11th February, 9.00am-12 noon in DA002-107 (HX107)
  • Thursday 12th February, 9.00am-12 noon in DA002-107 (HX107)
To book for Townsville sessions contact: (ph 4781-4742) (ph 4781-4941) (ph 4781-6523)

Cairns Session Times
  • Tuesday10 February - 9am to 12noon
  • Wednesday 11 February - 9am to 12noon
  • Thursday 12 February - 9am to 12 noon
All sessions will be in B1.104 (library computer training room)
To book for Cairns sessions contact:

Kathy Fowler on 4042 1034 (
Cairns Infohelp 4042 1029 (

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Wiley InterScience scheduled outage

Please be advised that there will be a significant disruption of up to 12 hours to the Wiley InterScience Service on Sunday, 8th February 2009 for major infrastructure work, between the following times: 1am – 2pm Sunday – Melbourne time.

Downtime will be kept to a minimum.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Book Review: The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper

In November 2004 36 year old Cameron Doomadgee was arrested on Palm Island after he swore at the island’s senior police officer. Within an hour he was lying dead in a police cell, having suffered horrific internal injuries which, according to the two pathologists who later examined his body, are usually seen only in victims of car or aircraft crashes.

In The Tall Man Chloe Hooper has produced a compelling account of this tragedy and the events which followed: the explosive riot in which the police station was burned, the drawn out inquest and its judicial review, and the subsequent trial of Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley – the first police officer ever to be charged over an Aboriginal death in custody.

Ms. Hooper won a Walkley award for her coverage of the inquest into Cameron Doomadgee’s death and it is not hard to see why. The Tall Man is at once journalistic writing of the highest order and a deeply reflective inquiry into the personal stories of those involved and the sad history of race relations and conflict on Palm Island. Incidentally, the “tall man” of the title is not simply a tag for the 200cm Hurley, but also refers to a persistent figure of doom in Aboriginal mythology and is an indication that this is not a two-dimensional story. Striving to find the truth and meaning of the events she is recounting, Hooper explores the way of life, culture and beliefs of two very different groups of people, islanders and police, who are forced into close and sometimes violent contact.

Restraint, sensitivity and empathy are hallmarks of Hooper’s approach and must have done much to build trust between herself, the bereaved family and others in the island community. And although Sgt Hurley declined to be interviewed, Hooper goes to considerable lengths to build up a picture of the man by following his career through several Aboriginal communities and talking to those he met along the way. These include activist Murandoo Yanner with whom Hurley developed what many might consider an unlikely friendship. The result is a complex, enigmatic and sometimes disturbing portrait of a man, in a job with conflicting demands, who appears to combine both good cop/bad cop elements in his character.

There is much in this book that is confronting. For me the most chilling moment was learning that the cries of the dying man must have been clearly audible beyond the cell doors, yet no-one came to help him or called for medical aid. The only attention he received was a kick from a junior police officer.

Understandably these wounds are still raw in the Palm Island and wider Aboriginal community, but this book cries out to be read and taken to heart by all of us. It will not leave you unmoved.

Copies are available for loan from JCU Library. Check the Library Catalogue for details.
Call number: 364.349915 HOO

Reviewer: Liz Downes
Rating: *****

Monday, 12 January 2009

Student account reconciliation

From 12/01/09, ITR will be performing a reconciliation of student accounts against the JCU Student Management System.

This will mean that graduated and non-current students will have their accounts deactivated per the Student Information Access Policy

Deactivated account's files and email will be retained for 6 months, but account use is restricted to that of an email forwarding mechanism only; no login.

If there is a requirement to continue to receive email to your current JCU email address (e.g. during this period, you must set up a mail forward via your Mirapoint Webmail account before 12/01/09.

After this date only InfoHelp will be able to change your Mirapoint mail forwarding options. Once the retention period is up, mail to your address will no longer be forwarded and will be discarded.

Graduating students can, however log into GraduatesOnline to set up a mail forward for the email-for-life address. This will allow the University and your colleagues to continue to provide information past graduation.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

X Search Unavailability Sunday morning 11th January 2009

X Search will be unavailable this Sunday 11th January between 8am and 12 noon.
Servers will be down due to the annual electrical-supply shutdown at La Trobe University.

Find It in other databases (including Google Scholar) will not be affected.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Style Guides

When it comes to writing papers or presentations, one of the most useful tools you can get your hands on is a good style guide.

What's a style guide?

Well, a style guide is designed to make sure that what you write looks "right". Most publications, such as journals and newspapers, have style guides to make sure everyone is following the same patterns.

Style guides do three main things:

  • They dictate the formatting of your writing (Do you indent the first line of a paragraph? Use italics for foreign words? Use double or single quotation marks first? Use section headings?)
  • The give recommendations on grammar and punctuation (How do you use commas in a list? Where should you use semicolons? Can you start a sentence with a conjunction?)
  • They dictate the way you use references in the text and how you format your reference list (Is the title of the book underlined or in italics? Where do you put the date? How do you write out the volume and issue of the journal article?)

Most referencing systems (APA, MLA, etc) have their own style-guides, and you will find abbreviated versions of these guides on many academic library websites. You will also be able to find the style guides themselves in the reference section of most libraries.

Some libraries may also hold style guides put out by publishers and news sources. Some, like the BBC News Styleguide, are available online.

There are also generic style guides that just offer good advice on how to create a readable, professional looking piece of writing.

You may find your lecturers recommend following a certain style, in which case the style guides become invaluable. Any serious student should probably take a look at one before tackling their assignments, at any rate.

Monday, 5 January 2009

Bindery Closed

The University Bindery ceased operations on 24th December 2008.

Temporary binding and spiral wire binding services is now done by Copying Services located on the ground floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library.

For further information contact or phone (07) 4781 4532.