Thursday, 23 December 2010

Reserve Online Unavailability

The Reserve Online repository will be unavailable on Saturday 25 December 2010 due to Copyright Compliance requirements. The system will be available again on Sunday 26 December 2010. The Reserve Online team apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Library Christmas Opening Hours

Please note, the Townsville & Cairns Library buildings will close at 12 noon Friday 24th December 2010 and reopen at 8am on Tuesday 4th January 2011.

JCU library staff wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, see you in 2011

Christmas Credo Reference brainteaser

1. Which rock group has returned its 1973 Christmas chart-topper "Merry Xmas Everybody" to the British charts at least eight times?
2. In which year did the "Christmas truce" occur?
3. Santa Claus is named after which saint?
4. What kind of tree is most commonly used as a Christmas tree?
5. Who wrote the 1973 picturebook "Father Christmas" in which Father Christmas lives in a terrace house with an outside toilet and an old-fashioned stove?
6. Who composed the Christmas Oratorio, first performed in 1734/35: Bach, Mozart or Beethoven?
7. What was the title of Phil Spector's 1963 Christmas album?
8. "A Christmas Carol" was the first of five "Christmas Books" by Charles Dickens which were published together for the first time in 1852. Can you name one of the other books in this collection?
9. What kind of bird is the "colly bird" (often changed to "calling bird") referred to in the traditional song "The Twelve Days of Christmas"?
10. On what date in the year is "Women's Christmas", also called "Small Christmas" or "Little Christmas"?

Questions set by Tony Augarde (
Find out the answers here

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Endnote x4 for Mac

Good news for Mac users with Word 2011:

EndNote has released a Beta version of an X4 update that should work with Word 2011 (the first version of EndNote X4 doesn't work with Word 2011 for Mac).

You can find it here:

Be warned, however, that it is a Beta version. That means they're still working on it, and it may have some bugs that need fixing.

If you want to be absolutely sure EndNote X4 will work on your Mac, the safest option is to use Word 2008 for the time being and wait until EndNote releases a full update.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Christmas greetings from the Cairns Library staff

The book Christmas tree in the JCU Cairns Library.
The staff at the Cairns library wishes you all a festive holiday season. We are holding a competition for all those intrepid enough to guess the number of books in our Christmas tree. Entry is open to all, however if you are the lucky winner, you will need to come to the JCU library at either Cairns or Townsville.

To enter the competition fill out this form.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Paediatric Pharmacopoeia

Produced by the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, this online pharmacopoeia provides dosage guidelines and practical notes for safe and effective prescribing in infants and children. The intended audience is Australian general practitioners, paediatricians, pharmacists, nurses and health care institutions.

Available to JCU staff and students on campus and off campus from links in Tropicat  (the library catalogue), the Library's databases page, or directly from

Friday, 3 December 2010

Planned Network Outage Friday 3rd Dec: Impact on Library Services

JCU's Information Technology & Resources have a scheduled network outage occurring on Friday 3rd December 5pm to midnight.
All services will be affected. The outage should be completed within the allocated seven hour window. An ITR Bulletin update will be posted when work is complete.
During the outage the following library services will not be available
  • catalogue
  • ResearchOnline@JCU
  • Reserve Online
  • subscription databases
  • subscription ejournals
  • web site
Some externally hosted services will continue to be available except where they link back to the services listed above as unavailable.
We apologise for any inconvenience.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

GATCF Lab Closures - Summer Semester Break 20010/2011

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 and DA2 Annex (DA2-101, 102, 103, 104 and 107) will be unavailable from 9am Friday 26th November 2010 until 9am Monday 7th February 2011 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 (12 Noon) Friday 24th December 2010 and re-opening 9am Tuesday 4th January 2011

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.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

New Standards & Patents LibGuide

Searching for Australian or international standards or patents and don't where to start? Check out the new Standards & Patents LibGuide. Links to standards for different industries as well as access to Australian Standards online are included.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Tropicat and Self Loan Machine unavailability

The Library Management System is being upgraded and we will be shutting down the database at 1pm 1st December to complete the upgrade

For Library clients this will mean:
  • All loans and returns will have to be made at the Lending Services Desk from 1-5 pm Wednesday
  • Tropicat will be unavailable from 1-5 pm Wednesday (1st December)
  • No library notices will be emailed or SMS'ed on Thursday (2nd December) morning, those notices will not be generated until Friday morning
Normality will be restored as of Library opening on Thursday (2nd December).

If you have any difficulties using our services please contact us and we will help resolve them.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this process.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American students.

Also, happy National Day to our students from Bosnia and Herzegovina and happy Independence Day to anyone from Suriname.

Hope the rain doesn't dampen your celebrations too much.

Monday, 22 November 2010

EndNote and Mac Word 2011 and 64 Bit Word for Windows

If you are thinking of buying Word 2011 for your Mac, you should be aware that EndNote will not work with it.

EndNote works with Word 2008 for Mac without difficulties, but it will not work with the 2011 version.

Also, EndNote does not work with the 64 Bit version of Word for Windows computers. If you are purchasing new software, choose the 32 bit version. The salesperson may tell you the 64 bit version is better, but it doesn't work with many plug-ins and add-ins (including EndNote's Cite While You Write).

For more information, see this page:

Library Summer Opening Hours

From Monday 22 November 2010 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.

Monday, 15 November 2010

National Psychology Week Display

National Psychology Week (NPW), 14 - 20 November 2010, aims to increase public awareness about psychology, psychological issues and the role psychologists play in community wellbeing through three distinct initiatives:

1. Events, presentations and displays hosted by psychologists across Australia;
2. A national research survey on a topic of community interest; and
3. A national media campaign to assist public understanding of psychology.

National Psychology Week begins on the second Sunday in November each year and is an initiative of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

The JCU Department of Psychology is promoting National Psychology Week with a display of resources on the first floor of the Mabo Library. Come in and have a look at the range of resources available, including contact details for the JCU Psychology Clinic and other local psychologists. While you are checking out the display, write your name and contact details on a sticky note, drop it into the box at the display, and go in the draw to win a book voucher. There are also other giveaways to be found on the display, all promoting National Psychology Week.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Three forests, Two Waterholes, a River, a Flower and a Tiger-wolf

This week a special post with the theme of Fostering an Awareness of the Human influence on Habitats. The author has reviewed 10 books suitable for young readers from our Curriculum Collection. We have a great range of fiction material in our curriculum collections in Cairns and Townsville suitable for young readers to young adults. Come by and have a look sometime or search for them in the library catalogue (just limit to curriculum).

Three Forests

Uno's Garden by Greame Base (2006).

Greame Base is one of Australia's favourite author/illustrators, and this book helps us see why. Fantastic, fascinating pictures draw us in to a world that seems very much like our own, but decidedly different and alien on many levels. Each page comes with a list of what animals and plants can be found on that page - and readers paying attention will notice the numbers are working in equations (9 x 9 = 81 plants). Eventually, the hidden equation becomes apparent: more buildings = less plants and animals.

But there is another side to the story - it is not the fact that the people are there that is the problem, but rather how they are using the environment. As they grow and generations pass, they learn to live in harmony with the world around them. They learn to keep the numbers balanced (although, it may be too late for the snortlepig).

This book is a little bit of maths, a little bit of ecology and a little bit of hope. Well worth a read.

Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker (1987)

This is a classic Australian children's book, and arguably Jeannie Baker's best known and most loved work. Using mixed media collages, Jeannie Baker creates fabulous images that seem palpably three dimensional - it's almost a surprise to find the paper is flat and smooth. She tells the story of a boy who travels with his father to a point where the Daintree Forest, in far North Queensland, comes all the way down to the sea. Through the boy and his wanderings, she weaves a magical world were humans are only visitors, and the forest is filled with ghosts from the past.

At the very end of the book, however, the forest is overlaid with a ghost from the future - the pristine beaches taken over by apartment buildings and vehicles, the forest replaced with hotels and high rises.

The message is subtle, but there: people need to leave some places where the forest can meet the sea - places where humans only visit, and never come to stay.

The Hidden Forest by Jeannie Baker (2000)

The Hidden Forest is another book that showcases Jeannie Baker's eye-catching mixed media collages. The pictures have a strange, photograph like quality that offer a rich visual feast. You often feel like you are looking into the picture - following a real sense of depth.

The story is pretty good, too. Ben likes to fish, but doesn't particularly know much about what lies beneath the surface of the water - he's the kind of kid who is happy to let fish die if they are too small for his liking. When his friend insists on taking him diving one day, he discovers an incredible underwater forest - the kelp forests off the coasts of Tasmania. Ben is entranced by this new world, and comes back feeling more respect for the creatures who live beneath the surface of the sea.

Watch out for an imaginary octopus and a real whale - both make their appearances in the book.

Two Waterholes

The Waterhole by Graeme Base (2001)
Down to the secret waterhole the animals all come,
As seasons bring forth drought and flood, they gather there as one.
United in their common need, their numbers swell to ten,
But hidden deep amongst the trees lie ten times that again!
The Waterhole is actually the story of many waterholes, scattered across the globe. It tells of the cycle of water in the wild - as the year wears on, the waterhole(s) begin to shrink, until the land dries out almost completely, waiting for the next rain to bring everything back to life again.

In the meantime, the usual "hide and seek" game that can be enjoyed in most of Graeme Base's books is brilliantly executed. Each page features animals from a different part of the world, and on each page there are a list of animals to find hidden in the leaves, rocks and branches surrounding the waterhole (and, sometimes, within the waterhole itself).

This book is unique amongst the collection offered here as it is the only book in which humans do not appear (except for a few buildings in the distant background to set the scene). This is a book that looks at what the natural environment is like without human interference - but it also tells a story about habitats worth hearing: water is a precious resource with cycles of plenty and drought - it should not be taken for granted.

The Pond that Turned into a Puddle by Jeanette Morris and Gail Rogers-Perazzo (1980)

This is a book that doesn't pull any punches. In fact, the story couldn't be more in-your-face if it tried.

A fish, a duck, a water-lily and a frog are the best of friends, and have a lovely life in an unspoiled pond. Then a careless, but well meaning boy discovers the pond and tells his friends. Soon people are picnicing near the pond and fishing for yabbies, upsetting the balanced ecosystem and causing the four friends much angst. Not long after that, they start dumping rubbish in the pond.

From there it's only a matter of time until everyone is miserable. All four of the friends must leave the pond (which is now little more than a dirty puddle) in one way, shape or form. One of the friends dies, the others face an unhappy future.

It's a miserable story, although beautifully illustrated, and definitely brings home the message: don't use nature as a dumping ground.

A River, A Flower

Cry Me A River by Rodney McRae (1991)

"Cry me a river!" the boy calls to the mountain, and the mountain obliges. The river flows down from the mountain, fostering life, encouraging growth and bringing coolness and moisture. Then the river reaches the places where mankind has been busy - places stripped of trees and treated with fertiliser, places where weeds have been allowed to gain a foothold, places where factories pour sludge into the river and force the river to carry the poison to the sea.

The mountain can only do so much, so she turns to the boy with the same request: "Cry me a river!" And the boy decides to dedicate time and energy into being part of the solution.
So I cried me a river
and I cared for my river
and I ran with my river to the sea
The Story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker (1995)

This is a simple story of a flower which was brought into Australia to add colour to a garden, and ended up painting large swatches of land red.

The book shows how easily the seeds from an imported flower can get out of control when added into an environment in which they do not belong. Baker's illustrations are, as usual, fascinating, and she captures the wild and unpredictable nature of the weather in the Central Australian desert regions.

The message is as simple as it is clear: when you bring something new into a habitat, it's likely that the habitat will be changed as a result.

...And a Tiger-wolf

I Saw Nothing (2003), I Said Nothing (2003), I Did Nothing (2004) - all by Gary Crew & Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson's pastels evocatively illustrate three stories by Gary Crew.

These three books act as a kind of call to action - asking their readers to do a better job of protecting animals while they are still in existence. The books look at three Australian animals that became extinct in the 20th Century: the Thylacine (Tasmanian tiger-wolf), the Paradise Parrot and the Gastric-Brooding Frog.

In each book, there is a character who had the opportunity to do something for at least one specimen of these species. If they had acted, they might have helped to save a species from extinction. However, because they didn't act, the species is probably lost forever.

In I Saw Nothing a girl could have freed a trapped thylacine. In I Said Nothing a boy could have saved a breeding pair of parrots by telling his father not to run his sheep in a particular paddock. In I Did Nothing a boy could have stopped his companions from killing a frog.

Would the species have been saved if these children had acted? It seems unlikely, but the idea is worth fostering - if we all did something to save the individual animals we encounter in our lives, perhaps we wouldn't lose so many animals to extinction.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Mabo Library open till 10.30pm during exams

Don't forget the Mabo library (Townsville) is open on Friday 5 & 12 November until 10.30pm as well as our usual 10am-5pm on weekends. See our complete opening hours here.

Monday, 1 November 2010

SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) trial

SRMO is a research methods tool, linking SAGE’s research methods content with sophisticated browse and search techniques. The service contains 504 books, including the entire QASS (aka Little Green Book) series, 6 dictionaries, 4 encyclopedias, videos, a collection of journal articles plus a visual Methods Map tool.

SAGE Research Methods Online can be accessed here. Trial ends 31 December 2010.

The trial links are also to be found on the library Trials web page.

If you have any feedback either positive or negative please let us know here.

New Credo Reference titles

Credo is our online reference tool and covers a broad range of topics. It includes over 500 reference works as ebooks accessible via a keyword search. You can also search for images.
Credo's General Reference collection continues to grow each month - the following well-regarded titles were added in September:

The following updated titles were recently released. Expect more soon!

General Reference Title of the Month

American Environmental Leaders: From Colonial Times to the Present, Grey House Publishing

A comprehensive and diverse, award-winning collection of biographies of the most important figures in American environmentalism. As our environment changes, and environmental concerns become more and more prevalent, this encyclopedia provides much-needed information on the key players in the environmental movement.

The biographies are arranged alphabetically, from Edward Abbey to David Zwick.

Read a few of the entries:

Want more on this topic?
Take a look at these additional environmental titles, all part of the Credo General Reference collection:

Friday, 29 October 2010


Elsevier has created SciVerse - a new platform for science content to address the needs of researchers. SciVerse integrates the content from ScienceDirect and Scopus and targeted web content and features an increasing range of applications developed by the scientific community.

SciVerse allows a single-search using SciVerse Hub, and applications include:
  • Methods section - search restricting inquiries to the methods/experimental procedures sections of full-text articles
  • Matching sentences - a summary of sentences matching the search term
  • Most prolific authors - locating the top ten most frequently occurring authors in a results list, with citations, article counts, and links to Scopus article profiles
There is also increased interoperability between SciVerse ScienceDirect and SciVerse Scopus, as well as Image searching in SciVerse ScienceDirect.

Sciverse can be accessed from the links to Scopus and Science Direct on the Library's databases page, or directly from

Thursday, 28 October 2010

ProQuest Scheduled Outage

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Sunday 31st October. As a result, the ProQuest platform will be unavailable for a period of approx 12 hours, from 12 noon on Sunday 31st October to 12am on Monday, 1 November.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

AARNET/Internet Connection Restored

Overnight the optic fibre break at Garbutt was repaired and all services are once again accessible from on and off campus.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

JCU Internet Link down - cable break

At approximately 9:20 am 27/10/2010 excavation work severed the optic fibre of JCU's AARNet link in the Townsville suburb of Garbutt, cutting access to the internet from on the Townsville and Cairns campuses, and making network services within the JCU domain inaccessible.

Some Library services are hosted off campus and are available from the following links:
However all of these services have components that require access to some material hosted within the JCU domain, or to proxying services hosted within the JCU domain. We apologies for the inconvenience. We hope that the optic fibre repairs will be completed tomorrow, 28 October 2010.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Full loss of AARNET link on Saturday 30th October 2010

The fibre optic link from JCU to Garbutt will be cut and re-spliced. Services will be restored as soon as possible but this may require the full 6 hour period. This work is necessary for the connection of Achilpa Vet clinic and the associated training room in Aitkenvale. During this time JCU will also be relocating some equipment in preparation for the core upgrade in December. IT&R apologises for the disruption to services and appreciates your patience during the outage.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

EndNote X4 for Mac now available

Endnote X4 for Mac is now available at JCU as part of our site license for this bibliographic management software.

* EndNote version X4 for Mac

With the computer program EndNote, you can create your own personal database of references to articles, books and other materials you have collected during your research. You can then select and insert references from your database into a word document by means of a toolbar which the EndNote program adds to your Word program. EndNote will create an in-text citation for the reference and also create the bibliography entry at the end of the document. These entries can be configured to conform to any bibliographic style you choose.

Endnote X4 for Mac is available for server download.

The EndNote program may be borrowed from either the Cairns or Townsville Library Lending Services Desks. The loan period is two days. You will be asked to present proof of status and to sign a license agreement. Students utilising the Off-campus Library Service should contact InfoHelp Townsville for more information (07 4781 5500, email:

For more information about EndNote, please consult our website.

Friday, 15 October 2010

One Search adds Remote Access Link and more content

One Search provides the whole world with a single gateway to most of the resources JCU Library provides to its community of users but some licensing arrangements mean you still need to enter your JCU account informationto see subscription content. To make this easier for staff and students this banner now displays on the search results page:

Click on it to enable functionality like Web Of Science Citation counts and links to streaming music files from Naxos from off campus. On campus users don't need it and won't see it.

A bunch of new content has been added this month including publications of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, and MD Consult from Elsevier.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010


Examinations are now hanging over JCU like a dark cloud. But don't fear - the Mabo library is here to shed some light!

Come and see the first floor display of Study and Exam Skills resources opposite Infohelp and get some tips for managing stress and exams. The Study Skills Bibliography also has a variety of useful books and websites. Remember that you can access past exam papers from Reserve Online and that the library has extended hours over the examination period.

Good Luck!

Vale Dame Joan Sutherland

Anyone monitoring the news this morning would have caught the announcement that Dame Joan Sutherland has passed away:

In honour of "the stunning one", we've assembled a collection of CDs, videos and biographies in the display area near the InfoHelp desk on the first floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library.

You are free to borrow them after Wednesday, but we'd like to keep the display together for today.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Spicy things

The "Spice Saga" continues...

Anyone who happened to waltz into the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library during Open Day this year would have noticed we had a slide show running facts about the library and Special Collections. This slide show was, shall we say, "rudely interrupted" by a few YouTube clips.

One of them was a spoof of the Old Spice "Smell Like a Man" advertisement, which was created by the good folk at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. The original advertisement was a particular favourite of the librarians here, and if you haven't seen it you may want to check it out before watching the spoof.

Then we had a clip from Sesame Street that involved Cookie Monster visiting a library:

And finally we had something from the actual Old Spice campaign. For a brief time, the "Old Spice Guy" was replying to tweets, and one of his replies concerned the importance of libraries:

Now it transpires that our combination of Old Spice references and Sesame Street was somewhat prescient. It has just been brought to our attention that Sesame Street has created their own spoof of the original Old Spice viral advertisement:

Now, if only we could find a YouTube clip in which Grover visits the library, we'd come full circle.

Hmmm. Sabroso.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Tomorrow, When the War Began (a rambling review)

The film version of John Marsden's novel Tomorrow, When the War Began is finishing its run at local cinemas, so if you haven't seen it yet you should make the effort to watch it before it goes into the short period of limbo between cinema and DVD.

It has to be said, this movie rocks. It's enjoyable, pacy, well written, well acted, gripping and utterly believable (within the context of the plot). It's thoughtful and intelligent without being artsy. The characters are fun and appealing without being "quirky". The story is dark and grim without being depressing. And, as if that wasn't enough, it's an action movie that would appeal equally to teenagers and adults, men and women.

In short, I'm still having some difficulty believing this is an Australian film (feel free to shout me down in the comments).

TWTWB is not only an Australian film, it's an Australian film based on an Australian novel - and it still isn't artsy and depressing! The book, Tomorrow, When the War Began, was a phenomenon in Australian Young Adult Literature circles back in the 1990s, being one of the most popular books of the decade amongst teenagers and young adults. It took its readers seriously, and treated both its teenage characters and teenage audience like intelligent, capable people. The movie is pretty darn faithful to the book and does exactly the same thing - treating its characters and audience like intelligent, capable people.

Compare this with, say, Blurred. Blurred was originally a play which was also something of a phenomenon in its day - although while TWTWB was a phenomenon because kids like the books and wanted to read them, Blurred was "popular" by virtue of being used as a text in English and Drama classes across the country. Part of a subgenre of Australian Drama known as "Australian Theatre For Young People", the play was kind of artsy and depressing, but at the same time it had a bit of verve and a sense of humour. It treated its teenaged characters and audience like intelligent people. Lost, bewildered and eager to get stoned or drunk, but intelligent none-the-less. The characters were capable of thinking deep thoughts.

The movie took everything that made the play interesting and intelligent and replaced it with the least interesting clichés and tropes you can think of for a typical teen comedy - you know, the kind that assumes teenagers don't actually think at all and are only interested in sex and fart jokes. The play wasn't my favourite play in the world (that would be a toss-up between The Importance of Being Earnest and Is That A Muffled Shriek? - although I'm also quite fond of The Matilda Women), but I liked it enough to be really disappointed with the movie. And, of course, now I know that Australian film makers actually are capable of making good movies that respect the source material and the audience. Now I know that we could have, if we wanted to, made a film version of Blurred that wasn't so depressingly awful. I never liked it. Now I just hate it.

By the way, you may have noticed the links scattered throughout this post take you to items we have in our catalogue. We actually hold copies of everything I've mentioned (including the entire Tomorrow... series by John Marsden) with the exception of the DVD for Blurred. Sadly, I think we're probably going to get that, too.

Now, I can pretty much guarantee that the JCU Library will be acquiring the DVD for Tomorrow, When the War Began in due course, which will mean that staff, students and community members will be able to borrow it from us and watch it for free, but I would like to encourage you to see it on the big screen - partly because the movie is good and worth watching, and partly because the box office takings may encourage Australian film makers to make more films like this (yes, just like libraries, film makers rely on statistics to prove people are using their services).

Monday, 4 October 2010

When did you last look at LibGuides?

I'm sure many of you have already seen the wonderful, fabulous, incredibly useful and rather speccy resources that we call:


But it is worth coming back to them every now and then to see what's new.

For one thing, the subject specific LibGuides are what we like to call "living documents" - we keep adding new things and changing things around based on the feedback we get from our users. Yes, that means if you have a suggestion, we are likely to make a change to the guides to reflect your needs.

For another thing, we have a range of guides that aren't tied to any particular subject. We have LibGuides for referencing, statistics, EndNote, writing assignments, creating annotated bibliographies...

We have been known to create new guides on request to match subjects or projects.

So, drop on by (electronically speaking). Have a look at what we've got, and have a think about what you'd like to see. Then let us know. Your suggestions can make a real difference.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Full Internet Scheduled Outage - Date changed to 16th October 6am - 2pm

Please note: the original notice gave the date as October 2nd. There will be no outage on October 2, it has been postponed until the sixteenth.

On October 16 2010 the fibre link from AARNET to JCU Townsville will be taken out of service from 6am to 2pm to allow for splicing of the cable. This will also affect our backup link. As a result there will be no connectivity to AARNET or the Internet during this time.

IT&R Apologise for any inconvenience caused by this interruption to service.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Volunteer to Test the JCU Library Website

The JCU Library is seeking JCU students attending the Townsville and Cairns campuses to help us to improve the JCU Library & Computing website.

Give us an hour of your time and we'll offer you a $25.00 JCU Bookshop voucher in appreciation.

What is involved?

For an hour, we sit you in front of a computer , ask you a few questions and get you to do a series of tasks on the web, while you talk about what you are thinking and doing giving us your general impressions. We record the computer screen and your voice.

Do I need any special knowledge?

No. You need to able to use the web at a basic level and that's it.

Do I need to be an experienced library user?

No. Prior experience using the Library website is not required. We are testing the site, not you!

When and Where?

Testing will take place on the Townsville and Cairns campuses in the coming months.


Please email your name, phone number, and campus location to to be placed in our testing pool.

We will randomly select from the pool when a round of testing approaches and confirm your availability – if you can't make it we'll put you back in the pool. You only participate once and are then removed from the pool.

Taking part in this testing is completely voluntary and your responses and contact details will be confidential and only used as outlined above.

More information about the project...

Ten new online reference works purchased by Library

JCU staff and students now have online access to the following major reference works covering a wide range of topics. Their titles are a reasonable indication of content and relevance to your fields of study and research.
Available to JCU staff and students from on-campus and off-campus from link on each title above or via links in Tropicat (the library catalogue) or the Library Databases web page.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Earth Alerts 2010.2.4

Looking out for an earthquake? Concerned about a tsunami? All of these natural disasters and their ilk can be effectively monitored with this application. Earth Alerts draws on a variety of online resources to effectively track specific natural hazards around the globe, and users just need to pick the hazards and locations that are of prime interest. It's a rather interesting application, and it is compatible with computers running Windows XP and newer.

Friday, 17 September 2010

One Search Enhancements

Latest Improvements to Click to go to One Search now

  • Citation counts for articles in journals tracked by ISI Web of Knowledge, see instantly how often an article has been cited.
  • More sophisticated handling of punctuation in search queries. Often caused when users are doing named item searches or cut and paste of an excerpt of text into the search box.
  • Significant improvements in smart-deduping where records from multiple sources are merged together. Users will now get the benefits of DOI's from CrossRef, full text from publishers, and enhanced metadata from aggregators - all in a single item on a results list.
  • Normalization of diacritics so that they are indexed as one. This resolves the issue when searching for Zauberflote and wanting to find results for Zauberflöte.
  • Bug fixes regarding the display of the AutoComplete feature for a more polished user experience
  • Improvements to advanced search - including the ability to search by ISBN
Try it now:

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Trials of three new online services.

1. Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences. A collection of electronic books in series covering Cell Biology of Medicine, Developmental Biology and Integrated Systems Physiology, with further series under development.

The Colloquium Digital Library
is available to 15 October 2010 at this URL:

2.Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science. A collection of electronic books that aim to synthesise important research or development topics in the engineering and computer sciences.

The Synthesis Digital Library trial is available to 15 October 2010 at this URL:

3. Pier Professional Health & Social Care Journal Collection A Collection of 23 journals on Ageing, Crime & Forensics, Learning Disability,Mental Health and Learning Disability.

The Pier Professional Journals trial is available to 8 November 2010 at this URL:

These trials are available both on campus or off campus (with a JCU user name and password).
The trial links are also to be found on the library Trials web page

If you have any feedback either positive or negative please let us know.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

100 Years of Tropical Medicine in Australia: Photo Exhibit

Part of the wonderful exhibit in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville this month - celebrating one hundred years of tropical medicine in the north are photographs on loan from the Townsville CityLibraries historical photograph collection: Picture Townsville.

The images and photographs on display as well as others in the collection may be accessed and utilised within current copyright restrictions through the CityLibraries library catalogue and the Picture Australia site.

Thankyou CityLibraries for sharing these wonderful pictures.

Celebrating Papua New Guinea

Nicolas Garnier speaking at the launch of the exhibition.
Once again the Cairns Library is hosting an exhibition to commemorate Papua New Guinea Independence. The exhibition is a collection of posters explaining many cultural aspects of the people in the Chambri Lakes district of Sepik River. Also on display are artifacts from the JCU cultural materials collection - rare masks, pottery and jewelry. Some items have been kindly loaned to us by academics from the Cairns Institute.

The creator of the posters, Nicolas Garnier spoke about his experiences in the Chambri Lakes area of Papua New Guinea at the exhibition launch. The exhibition will be available for viewing until late September.

Friday, 10 September 2010

100 Years of Tropical Medicine in Australia: Art Exhibition

Venue: Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, James Cook University, Townsville
Dates: 9 – 26 September 2010
Official Opening & Awards Presentation: Tuesday 14 Sept 10:00am

This exhibition celebrates the centenary of tropical medicine in Australia. On 1 January 1910 Dr Anton Breinl arrived in Townsville to take up his post as the Inaugural Director of the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine, the first medical research institute in Australia. Dr Breinl was the former Director of the Runcorn Research Laboratory at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

The Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University (JCU) in association with the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, and the School of Creative Arts Student Association, JCU sponsored an art competition to coincide with the 100 Years of Tropical Medicine conference held in Townsville in June. An international panel of judges awarded prizes. The submitted and winning works are included in this exhibition. The winning artists were all local.They received their awards at the Official Exhibition Opening from Dr John Breinl.

The 100 Years of Tropical Medicine in Australia Art Competition winners are:
  • 1st Prize Gai Copeman
  • 2nd Prize Donna Maloney
  • 3rd Prize Susan Peters Nanpitjin
  • Highly Commended Michael Weldon

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Research Month

September is Research Month and we are celebrating! Come and see the Mabo library first floor display of books and articles written by your very own JCU staff and read some research tips. There are also various events you can attend on every campus.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Assignment Coaching Sessions

The Librarians and Learning Advisors in Townsville have joined forces to provide Assignment Coaching Sessions for students every Tuesday between the hours of 12pm and 1pm.

Grab an assignment, grab a classmate (or two) and get some guidance from the people who know about writing and researching assignments.

We believe you get a lot of benefit out of attending these sessions in a small group - say, three or four students doing the same assignment - but we're also happy to take individuals and pairs.

No need to make an appointment - just drop in. The sessions are held in the Learning Advisors' Area on the ground floor of the Mabo Library (the Mentor's Area). There will be a librarian and a learning advisor on hand to give you personal coaching relevant to your particular assignment.

EndNote Training Sessions

Townsville students/staff/scholars:

Remember, there is a training session for the full version of EndNote this Tuesday (7th September) at 3pm in the InfoHelp training room (the room with two doors on the top floor of the library building).

EndNote is a software programme that helps you to collect and organise your references so that you can generate in-Text references and reference lists in the correct style. It can also be used for coordinating your research for tasks like literature reviews and annotated bibliographies.

The full version of EndNote is the version we recommend to staff and post-gradraduate students and those who are likely to their own laptops and desk-top computers rather than our GATCF computers in the labs and libraries. It has a few useful functions that aren't yet available through EndNote Web, but cannot be used with our GATCF machines at present.

Come to the session and we will show you how to access it and how to use it. It can save hours of time when it comes to referencing your assignment - and can be a very powerful tool for research.

You don't need to book, just turn up.

Westlaw database problems

The Westlaw database has been having technical difficulties at JCU. If you are on campus you can remove from the URL in the address bar and access the database. Unfortunately there is nothing that off-campus users can do to fix the problem.

We will notify you as soon as the problem is resolved.

If you are off-campus and need help locating information in Westlaw urgently please get in touch with your law librarians, you can see our contact details on the bottom right of this page.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Art Exhibition in the Cairns Library

JCU Student Psychology Association has presented their annual art exhibition and competition with selected works on display at the Cairns library. Students were invited to sketch, paint, design, program or sculpt an interpretive art piece with flair, originality and creativity. The theme is neurons - human brain cells.

The project is proudly supported by JCU Vice-Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding and is currently on display in the Cairns Library until September 3, 2010.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Assignment Coaching Sessions

The Librarians and Learning Advisors in Townsville have joined forces to provide Assignment Coaching Sessions for students every Tuesday between the hours of 12pm and 1pm.

Grab an assignment, grab a classmate (or two) and get some guidance from the people who know about writing and researching assignments.

We believe you get a lot of benefit out of attending these sessions in a small group - say, three or four students doing the same assignment - but we're also happy to take individuals and pairs.

No need to make an appointment - just drop in. The sessions are held in the Learning Advisors' Area on the ground floor of the Mabo Library (the Mentor's Area). There will be a librarian and a learning advisor on hand to give you personal coaching relevant to your particular assignment.

EndNote Web Training Session

Townsville students/staff/scholars:

Remember, there is a training session for EndNote Web this Tuesday (31st of August) at 3pm in the InfoHelp training room (the room with two doors on the top floor of the library building).

EndNote is a software programme that helps you to collect and organise your references so that you can generate in-Text references and reference lists in the correct style. It can also be used for coordinating your research for tasks like literature reviews and annotated bibliographies.

EndNote Web is the version of EndNote we recommend to undergraduate students and those who are likely to be using our GATCF computers in the library and computer labs more often than their own laptops or desktop computers.

EndNote Web is a version of EndNote that exists purely online, so you can access it from any computer connected to the Internet. It has a lot of features in common with the full version of EndNote (which will be the subject of next week's training session), but has a few notable differences.

Come to the session and we will show you how to access it and how to use it. It can save hours of time when it comes to referencing your assignment - and can be a very powerful tool for research.

You don't need to book, just turn up.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

InformaWorld Scheduled Outage

There will be an hour of downtime for Informaworld platform (Taylor & Francis) on Saturday 28th August from 4pm to 5pm. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Web of Knowledge Training

The library is offering expert training for staff and postgraduate students in using the Web of Knowledge to enhance their research.

The presenter will be Steven Werkheiser – a visiting Thomson Reuters’ trainer from Sydney.

Session content will include:
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Indexes provide end user access to over 12,000 conferences a year with the added value of integrated citation data. Users can now see if their publications are cited by other journal articles and conference papers together.
  • Chemistry package comprised of the Index Chemicus and Current Chemical Reactions is now available, thus expanding access to the chemical literature with structure searching capabilities.
  • MEDLINE is now integrated into the Web of Knowledge platform which allows cross searching with the Web of Science so that users can take advantage of citation searching and navigation alongside the full MeSH browsing and searching capabilities.
  • 2009 Journal Citation Reports provide an objective means of critically evaluating and ranking journals based on citation data (especially useful for those looking to publish).
  • ResearcherID enhancements.
When: Wednesday, September 8, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, followed by afternoon tea.
Where: Room B1.124 in the Cairns campus library

There is no cost to attend the session, but for catering purposes please RSVP to (ext 1135) by Tuesday 7 September.

When: Thursday, September 9th, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, followed by afternoon tea.
Where: InfoHelp Training Room, top floor of the Mabo Library (18 - 229).

There is no cost to attend the session, but for catering purposes please RSVP to (ext 6210) by Thursday 2nd September.

Monday, 23 August 2010

What's on in the Cairns and Townsville libraries this week

Cairns in B1.104

Wednesday 25 August
Endnote Web 1-2pm

Import references from online bibliographic databases to form a personal reference library

“Cite While You Write” – insert in-text references and create a formatted bibliography in your Word document from your personal library references.

Google Docs 12-1pm
Create online surveys & group work essays
Never leave a document at home

Townsville in 18.229 (Infohelp training room- top floor Mabo library)

Tuesday 24 August

Introduction to Endnote x3 (the desktop version) 3-4pm

This is a bibliographic software that helps to organise research and reference lists. It's a bit different to Endnote Web, you'd be interested in this version if you are a postgraduate student or researcher.

Import references from online bibliographic databases to form a personal reference library

“Cite While You Write” – insert in-text references and create a formatted bibliography in your Word document from your personal library references.

New and/or Improved Referencing Guides!

We've been spending some quality time on our Referencing Guides lately.

APA, Vancouver, Harvard, Chicago, MLA... We've converted them all to our LibGuides format - in some cases creating completely new guides.

These guides are living documents, and we expect to make changes as we get feedback from our users (that would be you), so make sure you tell us what you think works (or doesn't). We've experimented with different formats across the different styles, and we are looking to see which ideas get the best responses.

You can find links to the new guides on most of our LibGuides, as well as on the Library's A-Z page and the How Two Guides index.

Plus, you can get to it by going directly to this page, here:

We believe in multiple access points in this library.

Please, use one of these access points to take a look at the guides and tell us what you think. Oh, and you should also feel free to use them to help create your reference lists for your assignments.

IT Security - Facebook

Given the popularity of Facebook (as noted in a previous week in review as the most visited "non-search engine" site from the JCU campus network), ITR would like to remind the University community of the potential and current use of Facebook for identity theft, scams and distribution of malware.

Facebook scams are not uncommon, and many make use of the exploit technique known as "Clickjacking". Clickjacking is where users are tricked into performing actions without their explicit knowledge or approval. Examples of the results of this in Facebook are allowing external parties access to your personal information without your knowledge, or the spreading of bogus links through its sharing feature.

Current Facebook scams such as "Dislike Button", which trick users into giving permission to a rogue Facebook application, can be easily noticed by appropriately cautious users. See the PCWorld article How to Spot Facebook Scams Like 'Dislike' for more information.

Many up-to-date antivirus/endpoint security software solutions do provide some measure of protection by detecting and blocking the malicious scripts which are embedded in the content of these Scams. However, they are likely unable to discern between the intended and unintended use of the Facebook features themselves.

As usual prevention is better than cure. As these scams require user initiated actions, awareness and self-discipline give the best chance to prevent yourself from becoming victim.

Never naively click on links. Most popular web browsers - eg Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer - and email clients - eg Outlook and Thunderbird - will display the full address of a link the on the bottom bar of the window. Where possible, you should try to verify that the link is legitimate or for a known website before clicking on it.

ITR recommend Facebook users in the university community read and follow the recommendations contained in the Sophos Facebook security best practises guide.

JCU's site license arrangement with Sophos allows current staff and students to use updated antivirus software and virus signature files - known as IDEs - on-campus, at home and in the colleges.

Staff who aren't sure if their computer is operating under the MOE and has Sophos installed should log an IT Support Request. One of your IT Support Staff will check and advise you about your software update and anti-virus coverage.

Contact the IT Helpdesk Internal 5500 Outside 4781 5500 International +61 7 47815500 to report ICT service problems.